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:
- Visualizing the structures of various famous songs from pop, rock and hip-hop.
- In-depth analysis of “Tightrope” by Janelle Monáe
- Comparative analysis of “Regiment” by David Byrne and Brian Eno vs “Little Fluffy Clouds” by The Orb
Brad Swanson considers different methods for labeling song sections.
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.