Watch Oblivion’s Sweet Video for “Canon 1 in E Minor”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Oblivion have released a track for the cut “Canon 1 in E Minor” from their album Called to Rise, which, in case the title doesn’t give it away, is basically a classical piece in musical form. The band’s Nick Vasallo explains:

“A canon is a compositional technique that requires strict repetition in all musical voices. This is also an example of triple counterpoint–a very old contrapuntal device that is rarely (if ever) used in modern popular music, especially anything branching from rock and roll. There are essentially three different lines: the middle guitar (Alto) begins, then the high guitar (Soprano) answers, and finally the low guitar and bass enter (Tenor and Bass). All voices play the same line in 3 different positions so that the melody exists as the top voice, middle voice, and bottom voice. The trick is getting all the voices to work melodically, harmonically, and functionally.”

Director Brandon Hunt wisely keeps things simple, focusing on the grace inherent in the band’s performance of these techniques. It’s really very cool stuff… watch it below:

Oblivion’s Called to Rise is out now.

[via No Clean Singing]

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