David Frank

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System Overload Album


Here we go. System Overload! Even with more powerful processors,more ram more efficient programs we still manage to achieve SYSTEM OVERLOAD.
And the “first single” is System Overload. So…harmonic analysis..Key of C minor (with a strong possibility that it might be in Fminor(dorian) or even Eb major) but it hangs out on those Ab and Bb chords which always hit me as funky lydian mode (in the key of Eb major…relative major to C minor of course. Mic’s vocal melody is what pins it to being C minor. The “Pre Chorus” changes key area to B major…it does that G# minor(relative minor of B) to G# major(or call it Ab major)( it’s parallel major) type thing that so many songs did…and might do again in the future. Only time will tell. I think of them as borrowed chords from the key a minor 3rd up or down. anyway… The Pre chorus and the Chorus use the chords E major7 F# major (which are the 4 and 5 chords in B major) going to G# major, 3 times and then E major7 F# major Db major Eb7(those being the 4 and 5 chords in the key of G#(or Ab) . The bridge is in the key of B IV VI min/3rd V7 of VI VI or E Abminor/B Eb7 Ab minor. The bridge ends on the Eb7 and the reintro, which is back in C minor, takes over, leading back into the out chorus’
In the System’s music now and in the past Mic glues the harmonic content together with his melodic sense: which always makes perfect melodic sense!
More Harmonic/Melodic analysis coming up.


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  2. Mind blowing theory
    Dorian Lydian A#Gflat
    etc System Soup Yum !

  3. Mr. Frank.

    Is it possible that System Overload song will be released as an instrumental?
    Also, when will you put No fear of flying on soundcloud?
    From what I have heard on thesystemmusic.com website takes me back 25 plus years with your arrangements and Mic’s voice.
    Love what you guys are doing.

    Be safe.


  4. A perfect melodic sense indeed. :D

    This is really interesting. Great music theory!

  5. David…I really enjoy how u break down the track from a musical theory perspective….excellent. The tracks on the new release are fire! Just what we were waiting for! Kudos to you and Mic!

  6. Hello, from Paris, France, it’s great to hear The System, again !!! and to learn the

    making of The Album.

  7. Nice! that’s what I like about you guys, very full bodied electrical music. Most groups that make this kind of stuff have a very stagnant repetitive sound. Good stuff!

  8. Hello Mr. Frank when will your new album drop I got my money ready lol.
    Will the new album be on the level as your new awesome single?

    PS:Love your music!

  9. Hello, David & Mic. Echoing all the kudos 2 u on the new album. you two have never let ur fans down and have stayed true to your artistic integrity. We love that about you. Doing it on your own terms. Wish you all the success witht the new release
    P.S. Houston Police are lurking, at the news that I will infract a few traffic laws while listening to System Overload. Ha!

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