Kim Lajoie's blog

Stability in composition

by Kim Lajoie on March 10, 2014

Stability in music refers to how predictable or comforting the music is at any point in time. Any section or moment in music can be somewhere between the two extremes of absolute stability and absolute instability.

Most good pieces of music should express a range – some stable moments and some unstable moments. Stability is usually a combination of the following factors:

  • Simple rhythms
  • Simple harmonic language (including chord progressions and harmonic structures)
  • Predictable change (not necessarily gradual change)
  • Liberal repetition
  • Easily-followed, regular musical structures (such as phrase lengths being organised in multiples of two and four)

Conversely, instability is usually a combination of:

  • Complex rhythms
  • Complex harmonic language
  • Unpredictable changes
  • Less repetition
  • Irregular musical
  • structures

How are you using stability and instability in your latest track?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *