#1
you ALWAYS here about harmonizing in common intervals like 3rds, 4ths, sixths etc etc. I have never heard harmonizing in half steps. Until I listened to the breakdown near the end of Foam Born (a + b) by between the Buried and Me (the quirky one with the descending/ascending riff, its played in only one of the riffs and is hard to catch unless you listen close). I have never heard it used before, but it works because the riff is chromatic. God those guys are brilliant.
#2
Opeth use it on song, can't remember which one. It generally sounds pretty terrible to me....
#3
IIRC, the intro to Whatever by Godsmack has minor seconds in those dissonant parts.

Also, I'm pretty sure Korn did a similar kind of thing on one of the 'hits' on Life Is Peachy.'

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#4
Harmonizing in half-steps is common in really old asian folk music (I think?). Some instruments, like tremolo harmonicas, do this automatically. It's not actually a music writing convention, more of a non-digital echo/tremolo effect.
#5
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Harmonizing in half-steps is common in really old asian folk music (I think?). Some instruments, like tremolo harmonicas, do this automatically. It's not actually a music writing convention, more of a non-digital echo/tremolo effect.

Yeah I've heard similar to this too.
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#6
Its uncommon because the semitone is the most dissonant interval. It hurts my ears. It should only be used as part of a chord (like a maj7).
#7
It's really common in death metal. Listen to Gorguts, or the opening of Meshuggah's "Straws Pulled at Random".

Indeed, it was the first form of harmonisation I ever used intentionally, back when I was learning a few Korn riffs...
#8
Of course it works!!

Let me show you..
I made this riff, and I harmonized it in minor 2nds
several times

I also harmonized it chromaticly via exotic instruments, to add another flavour..

I am just trying to mimic death metal and such here.


PS: If you aislate tracks 6-10, you can get an entire different song
Attachments:
Harmonized riff.zip
#10
I'd just like to add that there's something creepy about playing 'mary had a little lamb' harmonised with minor seconds.
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#12
Minor second harmony is a little close for comfort unless you're looking for not traditional sounds, but Minor ninth harmony is really ****in' cool in any setting. Try this; play a Bb-7, an Eb7b9, and an AbMaj7 (typical ii-V-I progression). The b9 really pulls down to the 5th in the Ab, its a great voice leading technique.
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#13
I wrote this simple 12 bar blues song in A Maj and sung the vocals in Bb Maj. Not as easy as it sounds!
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I wrote this simple 12 bar blues song in A Maj and sung the vocals in Bb Maj. Not as easy as it sounds!


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