Composition Exercise #17

Create a pulse-based piece that continually slows down until it ends 5 BPM slower than it begins.

How – if at all – does this affect the feel of the music? Does it work well in a thirty second piece? In a one, two, five minute piece?

What changes will improve the piece?

Do you need to follow conventions in the other aspects of the piece to compensate for the unusual tempo aspect? Or do you better twist conventions in pitch, rhythm, harmony, melody as well?

Do you feel like making the piece shorter? Longer? Make the difference between start and end tempo bigger? Smaller?

What if you make the piece end 5 BPM faster than it began?


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