Augmented Challenge

October 30, 2012 5:10 AM

Augmented Challenge

Since "remaking Tubular Bells" is such a vast idea, maybe a smaller-scale one would be appropriate alongside? I'd like to suggest a simple harmonic challenge: A song which features the sound of the augmented triad (like C-E-G#). It's a sound which has always fascinated me, but seems to be quite rare, probably because it also seems to be quite static and difficult to work into a progression. Aside from classical works (especially impressionist) the best example I know is Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner where the static harmonic quality is used to depict the boat dead in the water, with the crew dying... but that's a color effect, not part of a progression. So anyway - it could be fun to give an underused chord a starring role, or a subtle one... or just post more examples of creative uses here in this thread.
posted by Wolfdog (2 comments total)

(It just occurred me, if Tubular Bells is full of augmented chords that I don't remember because I haven't listened to it for so long, I'm going to feel silly.)
posted by Wolfdog at 5:11 AM on October 30, 2012

Another of the best examples.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:14 AM on October 30, 2012

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