Many people perceive the “less is best” concept as erring on the side of caution. To me, when thought out and employed, it is an art form in itself. Language, art, music, cooking; the list, for applying the less is best concept? Endless.
Less is best is a concept I live by musically as well as philosophically. While moving along my musical path, I realize some of the most simple ideas can be the most effective ideas.
The intro to The Tragically Hip’s Little Bones is currently haunting me. When I first looked at it I thought nice- but not a lot to it. I was wrong. Looking more closely, I realized it was an interesting study in octave displacement.
Licks, riffs and hooks that stay in my head usually influence me in some way.
“It (the octave) is so important that, in spite of large differences that exist between musical cultures- between Indian, Balinese, European, Middle Eastern, Chinese and so on- every culture we know of has the octave as the basis for it’s music, even if it has little else in common with other musical traditions.” – Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain On Music