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Sebastian: Trademarks11 Feb 2007 22:32
I think I started a topic concerning this years ago, but since now all of us forum posters have learnt loads of new things about music and the band, I think it's a nice idea to revive it.

Brian's trademarks:

- Cleverly executed parallel-derived modulations
- Sections with different (busier) arrangement on each iteration, both vocally and instrumentally
- Rhythmic anomalies
- Ascending progressions with pedal bass

Freddie:

- Step modulations
- Abrupt arrangement simplification
- Chromatic progressions with pedal points
- Recycling of motifs and themes

John:

- Two well-defined cycles with several notable differences
- Intro comes back in different forms throughout the song
- Harmony is either heavily spiced by chromatic chords, or categorically diatonic
- Triadic melody, sometimes following the hook

Roger:

- "Fragmentary" melodies ('Days Of Our Lives', 'Rock It', 'Car')
- Strange, chromatic chords
- Riff-based music, or heavily influenced by computer-generated progressions
- Chord-changes are more distant than in songs by the other members

All in all, it's virtually impossible to draw absolutes. I think it's clear that the four of them were quite versatile, and they sort of treated each individual track separately. Something that has impressed me is that results were heavily affected depending on the instrument used to compose, mostly grouped in two categories: guitar and keyboards.
1.PD 12 Feb 2007 12:53
Roger: guitar arpeggio intro
Completly re-melodized verses
1-2-2-2 type riffs.
John: just a momentary observation: he has made rare use of either bVI and bIII chords.
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