[ExI] music survey

Nuala Thomson nuala.t at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 01:14:09 UTC 2022

I love minor keys! I'm honestly surprised you noticed that.
If I were to list my favourite classical pieces only ~20% would be in a
major key.
There is a German deathcore band called 'We Butter the Bread with Butter'.
Frenetic but so upbeat. I love them too. Probably the only heavy metal that
uses a major signature that I enjoy.
I spend a lot of time listening to edm (psytrance and dubstep) and
Australian hip hop. The heavier stuff has been back on my radar since a
couple of months ago at the termination of a relationship. Screaming helps
with the processing ;)

Re: percussion bands. You could show me anything and I would think it was
amazing. Percussionists are amazing.
I can't recommend a band/group, but I do recommend a stage show called
One of my favourites: https://youtu.be/lU4lVmQxHeI

On Tue., Jan. 18, 2022, 03:42 William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat, <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Nuala, apparently you like frantic, chaotic music all played in a minor
> key.  Nothing wrong with that, but what do you listen to to get down from
> that music?  I would never sit and listen to your music, but probably would
> like it a lot if I were high and on a dance floor!   bill
> On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 10:29 PM Nuala Thomson via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> Well if it's lack of repetition you're after, let me introduce to djent,
>> or math metal:
>> Artist: Meshuggah
>> Yes they have repetitive riffs but try and count the beats ;) I'm sure if
>> you can get past the brutality you'll enjoy it.
>> https://youtu.be/a1zFJKPOnXg
>> Artist: Tesseract
>> Fair bit of jazz influence and vocals may or may not be more to your
>> liking.
>> https://youtu.be/get0cXOsSXg
>> Artist: Animals as Leaders
>> Purely instrumental. This is the song that got them as famous as they
>> will probably ever get. There are some repetitive sections but they lead
>> somewhere.
>> https://youtu.be/q0ZrF7taMHA
>> Artist: The Ocean
>> I'm going to send 2 because my favourite song is highly repetitive and
>> that wasn't my point here. I think it just needs sharing.
>> https://youtu.be/EaeFVhENrb8
>> Title of the album: Precambrian
>> The titles of the songs go by layers of the ocean.
>> This is the album: https://youtu.be/5TISfxNI_yM
>> In my opinion it's a master piece. The first few songs are aggressive,
>> tumultuous, violent, as is the surface of the ocean. The deeper you go the
>> calmer it gets.
>> If you wish I also recommend Russian Circles. They're also instrumental,
>> less math more beauty. Highly repetitive but it always builds to something.
>> And Metallica's Call of Cthulu is beautiful. But I'm biased towards
>> ANYTHING Lovecraftian.
>> As for sub genres, I get a huge laugh that Christian Deathcore exists.
>> On Mon., Jan. 17, 2022, 12:53 Dan TheBookMan via extropy-chat, <
>> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>> On Jan 16, 2022, at 3:29 PM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
>>> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>> I knew that there were a lot of genres.  To my extremely limited musical
>>> taste, there's classical and there's 'other', which I called pop.
>>> That’s fine if idiosyncratic. I mean it puts you at odds with ordinary
>>> usage, and it does lead to confusion. I would’ve made very different
>>> choices if I knew you simply meant ‘non-classical.’ For instance, I
>>> probably would’ve listed Polyphia and other recent ‘progressive’ or
>>> instrumental rock bands.
>>> (Non-classical is also a problematic term. Are Johann Strauss II waltzes
>>> classical or popular? I would classify them in the latter category, but
>>> perhaps they fit into both. This is kind of like high/low distinction in
>>> art generally, where there are plenty of artists that span the distinction,
>>> such as Shakespeare. SF (and just any ‘genre’ fiction) is almost almost
>>> classified as low art by critics and theorists and ignored. This has
>>> changed a little recently, though I still run into people under my age who
>>> presume SF, horror, mystery, etc. are not or can’t be serious art. And
>>> often the exceptions are reclassified as not genre writers. So, if someone
>>> like Cormack McCarthy writes a Western (which is like almost all of his
>>> work), they’re not seen as Westerns, but as literary fiction. In SF, Kurt
>>> Vonnegut gets welcomed by the literary establishment, but I bet it’ll be a
>>> few decades before the current crop of sophisticated SF writers are.
>>> Reminds me of how the Nobel was looked down upon because epic poetry was
>>> the obvious form of high art in narrative literature.)
>>> Katy Perry - one of the funniest things I ever saw:  one costume
>>> featured large lollipops affixed to her breasts.
>>> I wonder if part of her act is a sendup.  A satire.
>>> Jazz - I heard Dave Brubeck Quartet in concert in Hyannis Port in 1962.
>>> It turned out that Brubeck's is the only jazz I like (he was
>>> classically trained by Milhaud and wrote classical music).  I  do like some
>>> pre-1950 jazz.
>>> Many jazz artists are classically trained, even after Brubeck. Keith
>>> Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jan Garbarek, Wynton Marsalis, and Herbie Hancock all
>>> started with classical training. I wouldn’t make classical training the
>>> disideratum of playing great jazz, but, if that’s what you’re looking for,
>>> there’s them. ;)
>>> I did say no review, but I was lying.  In Dan's post he mentioned
>>> Sandstorm, so I heard it on Youtube.  Extremely annoying.  Also Astronomia
>>> - not as annoying but plenty annoying.
>>> Dance music, in general, tends to be like that. The Strauss waltzes come
>>> to mind and a lot of classical ballet music.
>>> By the way, I mentioned those two pieces to make a point. I wasn’t
>>> offering them as my favorites. Similarly for Katy Perry. I believe most
>>> people would agree Perry is pop and Darude and Tony Ivy are not pop — even
>>> though all three are ‘popular.’
>>> Is there a genre where nearly total repetitiveness is not present?  The
>>> songs varied only in the voice part - the background was totally
>>> repetitive.  I wonder at the musicians who play it.  I would be absolutely
>>> bored out of my mind, if anything was left of it after doing it for a few
>>> years.  More later.   bill w
>>> Kind of strange that your taste in poetry — well, based on that poem you
>>> shared here a few days ago — seems to be for sing songy (in other words,
>>> ‘nearly total repetitiveness’ in the meter) work. ;)
>>> Regards,
>>> Dan
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