GALACTIC ENTROPY is the first installment of the FOUNDATION TETRALOGY.
The next few blog posts will cover the concept, arrangement, writing, recording, and mixing of the upcoming 'single'.
GALACTIC ENTROPY, PART 2:
Going into this piece, I knew a couple of things: a) that it would be a long-scale piece; b) that it would need to be structured in a way that could be continuously broken down as it progressed.
To simulate musically what I wanted to covey -- the last moments of the physical universe collapsing into itself -- I decided that I would use a repeating chord motif that would slow down with each repetition until I got to a running time of about 20 minutes.
A timely Snapple bottle provided me with the key signature for the piece: according to Snapple, the key signature of a collapsing star is B-flat.
For the actual chord progression, I wanted to do something totally different, which meant not using the guitar. (In fact, I had determined not to pick up the guitar until the last possible minute.)
Instead, I turned to JS Bach; specifically, to his chorale works and rules for 4-part harmonization. Using his guidelines I was able to write a progression that ticked all the boxes: expansive and vaguely classical whist serving as a suitable bed for the melodic and rhythmic elements.
The chord progression I settled on was (it's a long one):
Once the chords and structure were set, it was time to start writing the sections!