***It is extremely rare to read any original writing about harmony these days. There are several reasons for this:
- There are more drones than interesting harmonies being written
- Composers that do have a new take on harmony keep it a trade secret
- This is more the age of rhythm than the age of harmony
But I did just run across a quite original essay on harmony called European Polyphony and Low Tech Brain Hacking. Bear in mind that the essay doesn't seem to have much to do with European polyphony and never quite makes clear what "brain hacking" is and seems confused about much else. But, original, yep.
Let's hear a couple of African musical stars. But I promise you, no monkeys and no bananas here--these are serious musicians. On the left in the video is the Malian guitarist and singer Boubacar “KarKar” Traoré and on the right is Ali Farke Touré, also from Mali. The song is called "Diarabi".
It is amazing how much dignity and expression even very simple music can have.