Anyone who took music in school should remember the difference between their major and minor scales: a quick refresh is major = happy, minor = sad.
We stumbled upon this playlist of songs reworked from major into minor or vice versa, and there’s some real gems amongst the playlist. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’ in a major key turns the song into a sweet pop number.
While ‘Careless Whisper’ in a major key saps out all of the melancholy and emotion from the original.
NPR put together a nice little interview a few years back with Oleg Berg, the Youtuber who’s responsible for many of these musical conversions. They also interviewed Rob Kapilow, a composer and music scholar, who tapped into some of the science behind the warped recordings, and why they mess around with our heads. Check it out here, and listen to some of the beautiful abominations below.