Free Polyphony

Free Polyphony

 

in music, a polyphonic style characterized by a freedom and variety of melodic construction and the dominance of two harmonies—major and minor.

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Acknowledging the band's reticence to have this song crystalized in a static discourse, Malvinni navigates the reader through the aesthetic aspects of the improvisational sections of "Dark Star." Drawing on Graeme Boone's tonal analysis of the "Dark Star Progression," the author includes a detailed chronology of the evolution of the song and a historiography of the musical source materials the band derived from their interest in Charles Ives's work (free polyphony and unmetered barring) and bass ostinatos from Miles Davis's "So What" (87).
Each embodies one of several possible strategies: chant-paraphrase (Alma redemptoris), metricized cantus firmus (Salve), free polyphony (Intemerata).