Music Discussion

Reply Sat 14 Nov, 2020 02:07 am
Hi guy!!!

What first attracts you to a piece of music?

The lyrics? The beat? The melody? The timbre?

The beat,that is my opinion

how about you?????
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Real Music
Reply Sun 15 Nov, 2020 04:06 am
1. Thanks for starting this thread.

2. I am going to bed now.

3. I will definitely be responding and contributing to this thread.

4. For now, it's time for me to get some sleep.

5. Stay tune.
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Real Music
Reply Sun 15 Nov, 2020 07:27 pm
1. It depends on the specific song.

2. I will have a different answer for each individual song.

3. Sometimes it will also depend on the specific genre of music.
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Reply Mon 16 Nov, 2020 05:20 am

What first attracts you to a piece of music?

The genre. Everything else follows from that. Different types of music have different "rules". If I'm listening to a string quartet I'm probably not attracted by the beat.

Orchestration attracts me — as soon as I hear a piece of ensemble playing I'm trying to visualize the individual players.

When I recognize a particular tune I'm often attracted by the arrangement, the little things the arranger does to bring out certain qualities of instrumental voice or sectional harmony.

I seldom bother to listen to lyrics and words don't attract me to a piece of music.

If I'm listening to a jazz combo, I'll be a lot more attracted to (and a lot more critical of) the sounds of the individual instruments than I would listening to a symphonic piece.

Some melodies attract me because I recognize the cadential sequence of the tune and like to hear the way the harmonies are moving to a specific conclusion. Yet other pieces attract me precisely because I don't know where the music is going or how it's going to get there.

A lot of it depends how I feel at the time — could be how I feel that day or it could be how I'm feeling that decade.

And I've only been discussing the experience of listening. Playing a piece, either by myself, in a small group, or in a concert band or orchestra is a whole different experience and the things that attract me to a piece I'm playing are much different.
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Reply Fri 20 Nov, 2020 08:18 am
Je ne sais quois. It's not one thing, it's the result of a collision of my emotional state and the jumble of facets a new piece has - there is no formula, and the only rule is I get bored easily.

I guarantee if you gave me a list of you ten favourite tracks at particular point in time they would not share all the same characteristics (at least I hope not).

Here's ten random tracks (literally, I put all tracks in a play list and hit shuffle) I've rated five stars (I'm stingy with stars) - you tell me the common thread because I can't.

As is the way with random samples - this doesn't go anywhere near the edges of my musical taste.

To paraphrase someone's definition of science fiction 'great music is that thing I'm pointing at when I point and say "that is great music"'.
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