#1
Hey I was wondeing could anybody recommend some chords or chord sequences that sound, well, alienish (If thats a word ) I want The song to suggest like an alien invasion if you know what I mean. Its going to be an instrumental btw. I'm basically asking this because I read that Satriani, in a magazine, said that if he wanted to write a song about a guitarist from outer space, he wouldnt use C, G, F major etc. And also if you can recommend one, what mode should I use? Thanks
#2
Re-read the same article and he tells you which mode to use .

Lydian mode is generally thought of as mysterious due to its sharpened fourth note. Use it carefully though else your songs will just sound bad.
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#4
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Re-read the same article and he tells you which mode to use .

Lydian mode is generally thought of as mysterious due to its sharpened fourth note. Use it carefully though else your songs will just sound bad.
Just was I was about to say, Lydian has a very outer-spacey feel.
#7
Its not really about aliens, i just want it to sort of suggest that its about aliens is you know what I mean. And Yes possibly I could have a peacful bit in the middle or something but mostly chaotic.

Edit: I find the Lydian mode to be a bit too sweet.
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#8
well i suggest using effects with odd chords for such a purpose. they is nothing i know of that is clarified as being alienish.

one chord i fell in love with , which is odd , is:

e 0
b 3
g 2
d 3
a 0
e 0

it should be strumt. if you just slash it it sounds like ****. add some effect and its odd and nice :P

if u have Guitar Pro you should go looking in all the suspended or add 13 , 12 9 etc. i can't give you the alien chord bud the database of GP has everything in it :P go search.
#9
olf: That would be a Dmin(9)

Threadstarter: As stated, the Lydian mode is pretty cool for this sort of thing! Try the maj7#11 chord.

A cool voicing of Cmaj7#11:

-2-
-5-
-4-
-5-
-3-
---


One of Fmaj7#11:

---
-0-
-2-
-2-
---
-1-


Try playing lydian over those chords: Clydian over Cmaj7#11.

Also, try playing the minor pentatonic a half step below the chord! Example: Bmin pentatonic over Cmaj7#11. Sounds kick ass
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#10
One thing is for sure , its not Dm9 :P
you could make it a inversion Dm9 bud the lowest/root note is E which makes it a Esus4add9-(no 5th) chord... bud enought about that chord :P

nederlanders

the notes are EAFADE

which makes it best used as a inversion of FADE - Fmaj7
Last edited by olf at Aug 13, 2006,
#12
try extended chords like a suspended thirteenth...you can hear Satch use some in the eight steps, and it has a dreamy, psychedelic feel to it

i'm pretty sure it's a Dm(9) or Dmadd9 if you will
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#13
I think that using more spaced-out guitar tones will add alot in addition to what notes you're playing. Strange, synthetic tones like an envelope filter or a carefully used wah or a flanger could add alot to this type of song.

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#14
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One thing is for sure , its not Dm9 :P
you could make it a inversion Dm9 bud the lowest/root note is E which makes it a Esus4add9-(no 5th) chord... bud enought about that chord :P

nederlanders

the notes are EAFADE

which makes it best used as a inversion of FADE - Fmaj7


F maj7 would be FACE. Just because the E is the lowest note it does not make it the root. That is defintly a D9 chord of some type as people have already said.
#15
Try a lot of whammy dives for chaos. Think about star spanngled banner for inspiration.(Jimi's version of course.)
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#16
Yeh, listen to Surfin' With The Alien.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjNAeELQ_Z8

Enjoy!

Ps. I agree with the idea that odd chords are good. Just still stick to some form of regular scale/progression so that it doesn't sound completely random. A few normal chords then a weird one tends to be useful.
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