Licks & Riffs : Mark Snow - X files

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Here at 8notes we like playing around with notes on the piano.

If you take a minor chord and add one note a semitone higher, you get this rather haunting arpeggio:

It's the kind of harmony that's used in creating many atmospheric film sound tracks.

It's probably something to do with the hovering, uncertain harmony, that could be A minor, but the addition of the F makes you think it's heading towards the subdominant - D minor.

You can add a melody line over the top that continues to play with this uncertainty.

Carry on like this and you begin to see where Mark Snow might have found his inspiration for his wonderfully haunting X Files theme tune. For Evanescene fans, it's also similar to the start of their 'Bring Me To Life'

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