Tension and Relaxation

In the last Episode we showed that musical harmony is about relationships between notes. This relationships doesn’t always need to be relaxed and harmonious. Like good movies owe their existence to a permanent change of tension, conflict, dispute and their resolution, in the same way also a musical composition requires a steady alternation of tension and relaxation.


Tension and relaxation is one of the basic principles behind western music. There are composition techniques to create and resolute musical tension. In the following video David explains this by comparing musical tension and relaxation to interpersonal relationships. At the end he shows how tension and relaxation sounds using SoundPrism Pro.

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