#1
i was asking a friend how i could make a riff that would sound like the intro to vermilion that kind of trippy dreamy feeling, and he told me its called dissonance(sp?) but he couldnt explain it to me and i tried wiki and google and stuff but that was all no help. so could one of you try to tell me how i could, or what the rules are to making a bass riff thats dissonant(sp?)?
#2
Dissonance is where there's a level of tension implied by the interval that cries out for the music to go towards a "stable" interval or chord. It's a buildup of tension.

Minor seconds intervals are very useful in creating dissonance, as are major sixthys and minor sevenths. Tritones are also very dissonant.
#3
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#5
Instead of usual guitar dissonance, which has full chording of minor seconds, major sevenths, etc, try to walk along these lines (and walk with chromaticism). Add flavorful notes within the lines if it doesn't get this complex. Instead of just playing A then C, throw in the A# and B between the phrases.
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#7
I would also listen to some dissonant pieces of music. Of course, the more extreme stuff can be a little 'out there'. I'll give you two songs that use a lot of dissonance but still keep a nice melody and tempo through-out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGfWVh98p2g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMrdhgWR9Zk

Then you can venture into the sort of dissonance that creates mental illness...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQlLDE1tymo

In Prokofiev's song, listen to the bass notes at the intro. Put that idea into bass playing and it really drives a song.
#9
but in a band situation, generally the guitar would play minor chords building up to the "cadence". But you could be a basscentric band.