Songwriting and listening reference materials

Here’s a collection of the most useful songwriting and analytical listening resources from around the web. See also the PWYM video collection.

Listening for song forms and structures

Check out the video series on analyzing “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel.

Ethan Hein’s posts on song structure and production:

Brad Swanson considers different methods for labeling song sections.

The Wikipedia article on song structure in popular music is a good one. Their vast collection of song forms is useful too.

Jeremy Steinkoler explains commonly-used song forms.

The Infinite Jukebox, powered by the folks over at The EchoNest, is a really fun interactive way to explore the structure of any song through visualization of its repeated elements. Learn from legendary music hacker and programmer Paul Lamere about why and how he created Infinite Jukebox and how you can “tune” Infinite Jukebox to literally play with your music.

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