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#2306550 - 07/24/14 03:37 PM What key signature are you?
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I discovered CBC's "Signature Series" this morning, while listening to a podcast. They are five-minute audio clips describing the "personality" of each of the 24 keys, with fun, inventive mash-ups of well-known music in the given key for a soundtrack. Just delightful!

I think I'm probably mostly C# minor, with some hints of F minor and F major thrown in there for good measure.

Which one are you?

https://soundcloud.com/thesignatureseries/

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#2306566 - 07/24/14 04:02 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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I am B minor.

However, all my friends, colleagues and acquaintances have misinterpreted me as ... Bb minor.

... they are all non-musicians and do not have good ears ...

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#2306612 - 07/24/14 04:58 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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C# minor. There's just something special about it.
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#2306620 - 07/24/14 05:15 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Art_Vandelay]
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Originally Posted By: Art_Vandelay
C# minor. There's just something special about it.

Sometimes I "see sharp", other times I can "be flat" wink.

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#2306624 - 07/24/14 05:22 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Very fun!
I like "How do you solve a problem like A major?"
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#2306754 - 07/24/14 11:32 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Key of Be.

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#2306769 - 07/25/14 12:08 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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I immediately selected Eb Major and A Major. Then listened to the soundclouds and had a good laugh. Perhaps there's something to this because my first reply whenever asked for my employment title was always "Grand high emperor of the Universe, vanquisher of evil".

And when not wielding a sword, I am most definitely total flibbertigibbet.

B Major totally mesmerizes me but is as far from who I am as could possibly be. I guess I'm just a B Major groupie.
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#2306789 - 07/25/14 01:58 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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What an amazing body of work! It will take some time to listen to all of it and see which key I am!
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#2306798 - 07/25/14 02:52 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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D flat major for me.

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#2306837 - 07/25/14 06:34 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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When I was very small, a piano fell on me. Ever since then, I have been a flat minor.

(Don't worry, I can find the exit without being manhandled.)
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#2306917 - 07/25/14 10:36 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Purkoy,
You might want to be careful. On a music oriented forum like this, those kinds of bad puns can really get you in Treble.

smile
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#2307093 - 07/25/14 05:36 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Michael Sayers]
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Originally Posted By: Michael Sayers
Originally Posted By: Art_Vandelay
C# minor. There's just something special about it.

Sometimes I "see sharp", other times I can "be flat" wink.


Nice....every day is different....indeed......life is sweet, life is bitter.....

Cheers,
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#2307103 - 07/25/14 06:05 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: woodog]
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Originally Posted By: woodog
Key of Be.

Forrest


Good one Forrest!
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#2307224 - 07/26/14 12:56 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: AZ_Astro]
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Originally Posted By: AZ_Astro
What an amazing body of work! It will take some time to listen to all of it and see which key I am!


Yes, I agree. Disregarding the silly factor involved with each key-as-human-characteristic storyline, anybody who is interested in musical composition should listen. This is the best working example of key "color" differentiation and usage I've encountered. Kudos to the team that put these together.
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#2307236 - 07/26/14 02:45 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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A teacher once told me I'm D major

This this reminds me of

Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (1789)
Ideen zu einer Ästhetik der Tonkunst
(translation Ted Alan DuBois)
'Characterization of the keys', p.433


Composers in that era probably were influenced by this work

It seems that Paolo was inspired by this list but messed it up a bit. If you go for this interpretation, Schubart probably is a safer bet.

It's also interesting to see the remarks of Schubart after his list:
Originally Posted By: Schubart

If one wanted to object to this characterization of keys as in the literary criticism that no key could have a determined character because of the various ornaments, one must consider that it is the duty of every composer to study closely the character of its keys and only take up the sympathetical ones in its halo.
A good companion never invites bizarre characters which disturb the circle of his con­fidants; on the contrary, he chooses homogeneous men who elevate the pleasure of society. A freethinker who brands himself through sloven­liness does not belong to a silent, Christian gathering on Good Friday even if he would stay put in his rightful place.
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#2307282 - 07/26/14 08:49 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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I like A Flat Minor (is not in there, 7 flats, very unusual) because of the MAGNIFICENT C section of Schubert's drei Klavierstücke No 2. It is so mysterious and haunting. To me it can sound like many things to me. At one moment it is pure beauty at the other moment it is mysterious and perhaps sad.
I suppose however I am closer to A Flat Major hahaha.. The good woman, I am afraid it doesn't sound very much like a man. :s


Edited by wimpiano (07/26/14 08:49 AM)
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#2307451 - 07/26/14 06:06 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: wimpiano]
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Originally Posted By: wimpiano
I like A Flat Minor (is not in there, 7 flats, very unusual)


Are you an old soul, and somewhat world-wary? smile That would be A flat minor's enharmonic, G# minor.

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#2307493 - 07/26/14 08:05 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: wouter79]
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A teacher once told me I'm D major


D major - my favorite key to play in. Interesting that it's not one of my favorite listening keys. I wonder if that's common.
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#2307517 - 07/26/14 09:32 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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I immediately though E minor, Eb minor, C# minor. But actually I'm probably more like D major... Now I will have to listen to all of them to see. I am definitely not B-flat minor (the one I'm listening to now).

This is so fun. I'll have to see if I can listen to this on my phone, so I can listen to it while in transit.
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#2307610 - 07/27/14 01:38 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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I fear I am headed for B-flat minor (the wounded man) but haven't listened to them all yet. And yet, there is a lot of C major in me still!



Edited by AZ_Astro (07/27/14 02:51 AM)
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#2307622 - 07/27/14 02:43 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Naturally, that wonderfully irrational key of e is the key that best describes me!

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#2307682 - 07/27/14 08:32 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Those of you with acoustic pianos and tuners willing to play along can get an enhanced experience of key color by moving away from the default tuning of our age - equal temperament. I'd suggest starting out mild, to not jar the senses... Those of you with electronic keyboards may have some temperament choices buried in a menu somewhere - though most are pretty strong.

Think about how many keyboard composers created works when the default tuning was was based on tonality, as opposed to chromatic - the tuning and the music work together to change the experience - both for the performer and listener.

Like to see some graphs of different tuning to see the common characteristics? www.rollingball.com

Be aware that this becomes a heated topic in the tuners' community...

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#2307688 - 07/27/14 08:55 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: RonTuner]
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Originally Posted By: RonTuner
Those of you with acoustic pianos and tuners willing to play along can get an enhanced experience of key color by moving away from the default tuning of our age - equal temperament.

That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the title. Originally before equal temperament, keys did actually have their own characteristics. I have not listened to the program yet.

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#2307726 - 07/27/14 11:02 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Originally Posted By: Saranoya
Originally Posted By: wimpiano
I like A Flat Minor (is not in there, 7 flats, very unusual)


Are you an old soul, and somewhat world-wary? smile That would be A flat minor's enharmonic, G# minor.

I have listened to G Sharp Minor: Wow, that is so not me smile
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#2307737 - 07/27/14 11:13 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Many of them are pretty silly, but I am really enjoying them all! What fun! Sayonara, thank you so much for starting this thread!
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#2307738 - 07/27/14 11:14 AM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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Just listened to C Major, it defined what I used to be. It reminds me of so much..
In a way I am still like that, it is indeed, as the narrator says the child inside me, a striking resemblance.. But I am afraid to have changed partially to a minor key..
Still wondering what Minor key. A flat Minor or G sharp minor is perhaps a bit to extreme..


Edited by wimpiano (07/27/14 11:16 AM)
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#2307790 - 07/27/14 01:22 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Tararex]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
A teacher once told me I'm D major


D major - my favorite key to play in. Interesting that it's not one of my favorite listening keys. I wonder if that's common.




I am not especially interested in playing or listening to D major. I think the teacher ment that my character matches D major.

So, do not confuse the key you like to play, or the key that you like listening to, with they key that you are matching with.
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#2307800 - 07/27/14 01:59 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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I like D major, for listening and playing. Pachelbel's Canon is in D major, just for a well-known example. (I haven't listened to the D major personality yet though, soon though!)
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#2307878 - 07/27/14 05:34 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: wimpiano]
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Originally Posted By: wimpiano
Just listened to C Major, it defined what I used to be. It reminds me of so much..
In a way I am still like that, it is indeed, as the narrator says the child inside me, a striking resemblance.. But I am afraid to have changed partially to a minor key..
Still wondering what Minor key. A flat Minor or G sharp minor is perhaps a bit to extreme..

What happens if you are in a bad "mode"? wink

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#2307930 - 07/27/14 08:44 PM Re: What key signature are you? [Re: Saranoya]
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hmm I think C minor.

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