Question: What do “1999,” the instrumental section of the Who’s Tommy, and the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony all have in common?
All of these musical selections make use of a compositional technique called “Pedal Point.” Today is the debut of our latest free show, which explores this writing device and shows how it functions in the Music Genome. Pandora music analyst Michelle Alexander performs examples live in the studio, and we look at how pedals have been used differently over the years.
Here’s the new episode — be sure to listen to audio examples further down the page.
Michelle and I will be around, answering questions on the comments page. We hope you enjoy the show.