Do you know all your chords?
Are you this good in music?
Can you still hear the music if all but little of your musical
operator's factor was ban, and restricted momentarily from
your using it?
How would you fair in this musical wrestling match?
Could you escape this musical choke hold with one of your
musical arms tied behind your musical back?
Do you have a musical escape to free you from these dire straits
and to hoist you to a musical victory?
If you answered yes to all of the above,
Then be my guest!
You're welcome to try your musical mind heart and musical
ears on The World's newest and greatest musical mind game
. . .
. . . The Cosmetic Music Game
By Charles Atkins
The Cosmetic Music Scale as Created by Charles Atkins
Chief music composer at FSU, Dr.
Ellen Zwilich composed a movement for string quartet
using Charles' Cosmetic Music Scale and the spelling of
Charles' name. A link to both the music score and string
quartet recording are provided below:
"Charles" music score
Quartet recording of "Charles"
The Cosmetic Music Scale is an awkward manipulation of tonality;
keep in mind, however, that it is a game that forces you to
think outside the box enhancing musical adroitness. It can
provide many hours of wholesome recreation matching wits with
friends, colleagues and the like. Your results could win for
you treasures of friends and other valued acquaintances. Go
ahead and apply a cosmetic scale to an entire language, word
or group of words and hear it sing. Hear a repeated spelling
of your name, as well as your brother’s and sister’s
name or any other person’s name. You can also hear a
repeated spelling of any name of a city, river, or star and more. Try
it and see if it sounds like fun. Afterwards, expand it and
grow musically so that the entire world is waiting to hear.
This can become your own song!
Cosmetic music is a way to make music of the world more
personal. You can work, dance, and sing music of yourself;
you can also make music about your family and colleagues
as well. Uniqueness is what we all have to offer the world,
so why not make it more definitively.
1. Cosmetic Music allows one to create a melody by using
the spelling of a word.
2. Each letter in any given word would represent a musical
note in the chromatic twelve tone system.
3. In order to spell a word you must remain inside of one octave.
The English Alphabet:
1. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.
2. With cosmetic music, you can only use twelve chromatic
tones, and are restricted to just one octave.
3. This would mean that one tone would be used for more
than one letter.
4. You can start the alphabet (with the letter A), on any
of the twelve musical tones in a chromatic scale (for the
cosmetic game, this is known as “level”).
Matching letters of the Alphabet with musical notes:
For purposes of familiarity and simplicity, we will start
the chromatic scale with the music note middle C; keeping
in mind that we could have started on any of the twelve
Middle C = A
C sharp = B
D = C
D sharp = D
E = E
F = F
F sharp = G
G = H
G sharp = I
A = J
A sharp = K
B = L
Back to Middle C = M
C sharp = N
D = O
D sharp = P
E = Q
F = R
F sharp = S
G = T
G sharp = U
A = V
A sharp = W
B = X
Back to Middle C = Y
C sharp = Z
Using the above chart, spelling the word “CRAIG”,
would result in the following notes:
The letter C corresponds to the music note D
The letter R corresponds to the music note F
The letter A corresponds to the music note middle C
The letter I corresponds to the music note G sharp
The letter G corresponds to the letter F sharp.
You can then take that melody (strange sounding as it may
be), and create an accompaniment to it, harmonize the melody
or in some way include that motif in a song or composition.
When using the cosmetic music method to derive a melody,
the resulting melody may at first sound unsettling to the
ear. That is OK. How that melody actually gets applied to
a composition would entirely depend on you the music creator.
The duration you give each note in the melody, the chord
structure/accompaniment you choose to give the melody, the
tempo at which you play the melody along with other factors,
would influence the final sound. It is up to the user of
cosmetic music to make it work for the music being composed.
Listen to an Example