Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Does Music Require a Melody?

Is a good melody a prerequisite of a good/interesting musical composition? What do you think?

Here is a soundtrack I wrote a couple of years ago for a silent film exploring the Musique Concrète stream and many contemporary percussive sounds. By the way, writing music for silent films and cartoons is more difficult than for other genres.


2 comments on “Does Music Require a Melody?

  1. t h i n g s + f l e s h
    June 11, 2013

    Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is pretty much one note from the beginning to the end of the phrase, with a lift at the end. But it’s a cool song, some might say a classic. No one whistles it, but everyone remembers it.

    If the composition is served up the way it’s meant to be, no real melody is required.


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