Tonal Gravity (Again)

The main body of the LCC and its practical application, including all 4 published versions of Book 1 with their inserts: the 1959 tan cover; the 1959 light green cover Japanese edition; the 1970‘s white cover, which adds an illustrated River Trip to the 1959 edition, and the currently available Fourth Edition, 2001.

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Postby chespernevins » Sun Apr 24, 2011 2:31 pm

Thanks for bringing up this interesting topic again, ML.

For anyone who doesn't know, this is something that is in the old book but not the new.

Since the old book, the WOTG had changed a little, and so did the philosophy behind generating the chart.

So the chart needed to be generated from scratch based on this new info.

Motherlode has a very interesting exercise based on the tonal gravity chart which is not in any of the books: The "Motherlode Challenge" :)
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Postby chespernevins » Tue May 03, 2011 4:13 pm

The LCC is either a profound work of scholarly and intuitive genius or it's a misguided attempt that obfuscates the truth of the matter with needless complexity.


That's a pretty big either/or equation that I don't really agree with.

I don't really see it as scholarly, in the sense that it was academically researched or mathematically measured or derived. But the intuitive genius part I could see - one of its strengths is in revealing relationships between musical elements that might not have been obvious otherwise.

It's not just chord scale theory with different labels, either, as it has more information than chord scale theory. Whether you agree with it all is another question.
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