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Q&A Why does Cathay Pacific's 2018 boarding music feel "Chinese"?

I hope it's obvious to you that this music sounds "Chinese". Why though? Does it use a Major Pentatonic scale? parallel harmony in fourths and fifths? portamento? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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#2: Post edited by user avatar TextKit‭ · 2021-04-06T07:06:59Z (over 1 year ago)
  • I hope it's obvious to you that this music sounds "Chinese". Why though? Does it use a [Major Pentatonic scale](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/7rmcgd/what_explains_the_recognisable_traditional/dsyg8az/)? [parallel harmony in fourths and fifths](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/2u5p16/besides_using_pentatonic_scales_what_makes/co5ggr6/)? [portamento](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/9ox5vk/help_with_chinese_melodies/e7y3ppz/)?
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOuD-mxTO58
  • I hope it's obvious to you that this music sounds "Chinese". Why though? Does it use a [Major Pentatonic scale](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/7rmcgd/what_explains_the_recognisable_traditional/dsyg8az/)? [parallel harmony in fourths and fifths](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/2u5p16/besides_using_pentatonic_scales_what_makes/co5ggr6/)? [portamento](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/9ox5vk/help_with_chinese_melodies/e7y3ppz/)?
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOuD-mxTO58
  • Cathay Pacific is a Hong Kong airline. I'm unaffiliated with them and have no conflict of interest.
#1: Initial revision by user avatar TextKit‭ · 2021-04-06T07:05:51Z (over 1 year ago)
Why does Cathay Pacific's 2018 boarding music feel "Chinese"? 
I hope it's obvious to you that this music sounds "Chinese". Why though? Does it use a [Major Pentatonic scale](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/7rmcgd/what_explains_the_recognisable_traditional/dsyg8az/)? [parallel harmony in fourths and fifths](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/2u5p16/besides_using_pentatonic_scales_what_makes/co5ggr6/)? [portamento](https://old.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/9ox5vk/help_with_chinese_melodies/e7y3ppz/)? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOuD-mxTO58