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3 x Fifths

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Discovered a powerful heuristic for track selection which helps you to find track combinations that “work” very well together. “Mixing in key” is a fairly popular method for track selection. Basically you want to find tracks that are “compatible” in a musical way. I’ve found that following the circle of fifths either clockwise or counterclockwise, always skipping 3, leads to some really astonishing results.

Here’s an experiment, using counter-clockwise circle of fifths traversal on the song keys. Note that some tracks end in a different key than they start, so you always have to take that into account.

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Written by caustik

June 13th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

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  1. Can you explain that a little more? I have trouble understanding what you’ve done here…


    15 Jun 08 at 9:15 am

  2. Smooth transitions and a wide variety of sounds, a good listen.

    Experiment = Success!


    17 Jun 08 at 6:53 pm

  3. Check out “” — If you were on, say, “6A”, you might go counter-clockwise by 3, moving to “2A”.


    19 Jun 08 at 11:01 pm

  4. Thanks for the info. I reread this with a clear mind and it makes sense. I actually do stuff like this all the time, but more on gut feeling than so mathematical. I like it this way better. Gives it a little theory…


    25 Jul 08 at 11:42 am

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