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Live DJ Mix: "Leading Tones"

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100 cents = 1 semitone

100 cents = 1 semitone

If you’re bored by music theory, skip the next two paragraphs!

The Leading Tone of a key is the seventh tonal degree of the diatonic scale leading up to the tonic note. When your ears hear a Leading Tone, they naturally want the sound to be resolved by the tonic note. For this mix, the concept is extended to apply to key transitions. Each new track in this mix is the minor key resulting from transposition of the current key by 1 semitone (1 semitone = 100 “cents”). I’d love to do a similar mix in Major keys, but there are precious few dance tracks in Major keys (particularly C Major).

This mix has 12 tracks, because there are exactly 12 semitones. You might think “But aren’t there only 7 notes in a diatonic scale?”. You’re right. However, the goal of this mix was to consist entirely of Leading Tones, not to walk a diatonic scale. That experiment is for a different day :). — The bonus features of doing the mix using all Leading Tones is that the last track’s key leads back to the first, so the mix is comfortable to hear on repeat (if you are so inclined).

01 Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle (Mischa Daniels 2 Am Remix)
02 Audioholics – External Key (Perry O’Neil Remix)
03 16 Bit Lolitas – Nobody Seems To Care (Original Mix)
04 DJ Joe K, Beto Dias – Beautiful Day (Original Mix)
05 Fischerspooner – The Best Revenge (Oliver Koletzki Remix)
06 Yellow Blackboard – Superfly (Andy Moor Mix)
07 Ido Ophir, Miki Litvak – Shnorkel (Dousk Remix)
08 Peter Gun & Terzi – Acapulco (Kasey Taylor Remix)
09 Faithless – A Kind of Peace (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)
10 David West – Carrier (Original Mix)
11 Andy Page – Serpent (Original Mix)
12 J-Soul – Riddle (Vadim Zhukov 12 Mix)

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February 19th, 2009 at 1:56 am