Sunday, May 05, 2013

A Devilish Key

Walking Floyd, I heard, very faintly, someone practicing piano: a tinny little twinkling series of notes, repeated, innocent enough, probably in a major key, though too brief to fully resolve. But then far off, from a different direction, came a deeper droning mechanical tone — a backing up truck? The addition wasn't dissonant, but the combination made some new dark mode, a devilish key for an evil soundtrack, horror movie music that might accompany the creepiest moments of The Exorcist. Dee-duh dee-duh dee-duh — drone drone drone. Dee-duh dee-duh dee-duh... Floyd and I moved on.

1 comment:

  1. From Christian Schubart's Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst (1806):

    D # minor: Feelings of the anxiety of the soul's deepest distress, of brooding despair, of blackest depresssion, of the most gloomy condition of the soul. Every fear, every hesitation of the shuddering heart, breathes out of horrible D# minor. If ghosts could speak, their speech would approximate this key.