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What are some of the earliest examples of songs featuring blast beats in triple metre?

For those who may not know, triple metre most often applies to songs with time signatures of 3 or 9. For the purposes of my question, I will include 6, 12, etc. even though they are usually considered ...
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Have workstation-keyboard accompaniments ever been used in recorded music?

I am aware that rhythm and accompaniments on home keyboards typically exist to make playing at home less lonely/more fun. However, I doubt that no recording artist has never tried it in the name of ...
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Origin and meaning of “Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby”

Most famously heard in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou", the traditional lullaby "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" is performed by artists Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Gillian Welch. This ...
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An EDM downtempo prog-house song called *The Spectre* and the DC character called Spectre

Does Alan Walker's song The Spectre have anything at all to do with the DC Comics character called Spectre? Did he base his song off of the DC Character or not? The comic character Spectre is a ...
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Did Nat King Cole express contempt for fans of his pop recordings?

It seems to me that I've seen Nat King Cole quoted to this effect: I know that my Jazz records are good and my Pop records are junk. But how can I turn down the money I can make with the Pop records ...
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What are the 'Non-European' 'Classical' musics?

As a French, I've heard many classical musics so far, as instance, among plenty others: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, K.550 — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op.125 'Choral': Ode to ...
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Why are major keys traditionally happy and minor keys traditionally sad? [closed]

From the 15th to 18th of last July, I was in a music education camp in Alpensia Resort of Pyeongchang. On the 17th, a masterclass teacher taught this to me and all of the other students, while working ...
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What are the origins of the song *A Soft Spot* played by Barry Haris at Tokyo in 1976?

In Barry Harris' live performance at Tokyo in 1976, he plays a song called A Soft Spot. I was wondering about the origins of this song and I would be happy if anyone can find any other jazz recordings ...
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Why did Gustav Mahler use the song “Frère Jacques” in the 3rd movement of his Symphony No. 1 in D major?

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, in D major, is written as a typical and conventional four-movement structure (opening - dance - slow - finale): I. Langsam, schleppend. II. Scherzo. Kräftig ...
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Which artist has served front man in the most bands?

This question arrived after conversing about the spontaneous variety that is Les Claypool. I ask in terms of artists (whether they are, or have been, a singer, guitarist, or bassist, pianist, or any ...
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Has any instrumental music ever been used to carry information?

Music is often dubbed 'the universal language', but language usually carries some information. I know that music has many different notes, with letters and pitches assigned to each. Was there ever ...
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Who was the first person to spin a double bass during a performance?

I was wondering who was the first person to spin a double bass during a performance, and who popularized it?
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Why is Beethoven's Op 81 split into “81a” and “81b” instead of No. 1 and No. 2?

Beethoven has an Opus 81a (Piano Sonata No. 26) and Opus 81b (Sextet for Horns and String Quartet). Why is this Opus divided/labeled this way, instead of split into Numbers as opus cataloguing ...
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Was Pixies inspired by Rites of Spring?

I was listening to "Hey" by Pixies, and I noticed that the style was quite similar to that of Rites of Spring ("For Want Of" came to mind specifically). Both bands were active around the same time, ...
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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

I'm a fan of traditional Sitar Raga Music and Sitars used in popular/psychedelic/progressive music. The other night I was listening to an NPR station and briefly thought I heard a piece of Jazz music ...
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Did Meat Loaf ever perform the song live, or release a recording of “Everything works if you let it”?

The title of the song Everything works if you let it was a saying of the character played by Meat Loaf in his first starring role in the 1980 film Roadie. Did Meat Loaf ever perform this song live in ...
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Songs with unintelligible lyrics and incomplete lyrics transcript

Are there any recordings of songs that lack a full transcript of the lyrics? Often lyrics are difficult to understand solely from the recording and I can imagine lower fidelity recordings from the ...
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Why do music genres exist?

For instance, every band/artist is unique to what they call themselves (performer/stage name.) It would seem easier to describe a taste in music by specific bands you enjoy versus a particular genre. ...
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Other than the electric guitar, which plucked chordophones (guitar-like instruments) originated in the United States?

Many countries all around the world took inspiration from stuff like the Lute, the Baroque Guitar, and the Classical Guitar to develop new forms of guitars, that deeply shaped the folklore of the ...
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Where did the “rock on” hand sign come from?

A lot of rock musicians use a hand sign to symbolize the concept of "rock on" typically during a performance. The hand symbol is shown below. Where did this hand symbol come from and who created it?
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Aldous Huxley and 5/4 Meter in Music Predating “Take 5”

Background: "Take 5" by Dave Brubeck is one of the more famous jazz standards out there, and one thing any analyst would point out immediately is the tune's 5/4 shuffle, which from what I remember ...
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Was the Jaws theme derived from the finale of Dvorak's 9th symphony?

The Jaws theme has a lot of similar elements of the finale of Dvorak's New World Symphony. They both begin with alternating minor seconds.
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Why are final “Amen” cadences in choral hymn songs usually written as plagal (IV-I) cadences?

In choral hymn music, there is usually an "Amen" at the end that is conventionally written as a plagal IV-I cadence. Is there any historical reason of why it is written this way?
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When and where was Luciano Pavarotti born, and died?

I heard that Luciano Pavarotti was born in 1935 and had died in 2007. What was the specific date of his birth ans death? And where was he born/died?
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Chopin wrote a plagal cadence at the end of his Scherzo No. 1 that resembles a final “Amen” on a choral hymn. Was he a Christian?

Composer under examination: Frédéric Chopin Musical piece under examination: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor Excerpt under examination: Final Cadence Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B minor concludes ...
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What was the well-known Russian song Lean wanted for Doctor Zhivago?

What was the well-known Russian song Lean wanted for Doctor Zhivago? see quote: " Initially Lean had desired to use a well-known Russian song but could not locate the rights to it, and delegated ...
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Was American Idiot the first Punk “Concept Album”?

American Idiot clearly put Green Day back on the map, and tells the story of Jesus of Suburbia, his disillusionment with society and government, and was said to be influenced greatly by singer Billy ...
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What is considered to be the first music video?

Just as the title says. Who was the artist, what is the track called? Bonus points if the video is available online! I would say that silent film has the focus on the movie enhanced by the music. ...
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Greatest longevity in Rock bands, keeping all initial members

I'm looking for famous Rock bands that had the greatest longevity with keeping all initial members. Here are some restrictions: Initial members would be the ones who recorded the first album. Famous ...
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Identify melody used in a production of Waiting for Godot for “the dog song”

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. Singing more slowly, with a lilt, feels helpful. ...
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Why is Kenny G so hated among jazz musicians? Are there objective reasons behind the hate?

Kenny G is an extremely common answer for "artist you dislike the most", "music that irritates you" or similar questions. There's a somewhat popular photo of Miles Davis and Kenny G, where Miles Davis ...
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Why is the word “blue” so commonly used everywhere in Jazz: from lyrics, song titles, to record label names?

John Coltrane's "Blue Train", Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue", the record label "Blue Note". The list goes on and on. What's the reason behind the word "blue" and the Jazz genre being so closely tied?
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“Voyage, voyage”

I was listening this song with my friends during our trip to Tbilisi (Georgia, USSR) in 1982 (March). (I had a floppy disk brought by a relative from France or Belgium.) I remember this fact exactly ...
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In simple layman terms, what is the Loudness War?

Metallica's Death Magnetic is known for having compromised sound quality in order to sound louder, we hear that it is thanks to the Loudness War. What is it? What impact does it have on music fans? ...
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Is the old myth of reggae's creation true?

I've heard many times that reggae music what created by slowing down the ska beat by a too hot summer for the sake of dancers. I'm aware of the deep link between carribean musics and dance, so can it ...
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Longest-running artist in music history?

If you google information about longest running bands, there seem to be conflicting accounts, like U2, ZZ Top, Rolling Stones, etc, which depend on the criteria used (no gaps, same members, etc). ...
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What does “classical” mean? Is Dvořák classical?

Would Antonín Dvořák be considered a 'classical composer', specifically thinking about the very American "New World Symphony". I have never studied music, so not sure of the different categories. E.g....
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Voegeli's “All things Considered” Theme Song and It's Hollywood Connection

The theme song for the NPR show "All Things Considered" is based on a 1974 composition by Don Voegeli. You can hear the multiple versions in the podcast at this page. Interestingly, after Voegeli ...
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Did Chopin request that his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 (E minor) be played at his own funeral?

I have read in a couple of places that Chopin himself requested for his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 to be played at his own funeral, but no citation was given. Now I know that the preludes No. 4 and No. 6 ...
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Which school is the one that Claude Debussy studied in?

I am confused about the school that Debussy studied in in Paris. I searched in wiki it said he studied in the school which now called CNSMDP. But in some other websites said his school now located in ...
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Podcast on History and evolution of Musics

I am looking for a beginner-friendly podcast which can introduce me to the world of music, like beginning from the old times and through the classic era and last century to the present. Do you know of ...
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Which classical singers are known for gentleness of vibrato (or even non-vibrato)?

I've never really found much access to classical vocal music – which is a shame, I suppose. Some works I find interesting, but I always get tired rather quickly (if not outright annoyed) when ...
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Who is the Elise that Beethoven composed about?

What is the history about the famous piano piece "Für Elise". Do we know who this lady that Beethoven immortalized was? Did he have a big, fat old crush on this lady? Was it a case of unrequited love? ...
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Spinal Tap: Units confusion in building Stonehenge stage prop

In the Spinal Tap movie, the band confuses inches with feet, and as result they end up with a ridiculously small (18") model of Stonehenge instead of a large one (18'). I have the feeling that this ...
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Were the lyrics in Coldplay's “Viva la Vida” changed?

Did the group Coldplay really originally have the words "Roman Catholic priests are singing" in their song "Viva la Vida", and later replace it with "Roman Cavalry choirs are singing"?
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Did Handel's wine fuel his music?

We have several anecdotes and legends about the composer. So I ask: was he an alcoholic or a workaholic?
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Why is unpitched percussion so dominant in music produced in the last century onward?

The motivation for this question is personal; I find unpitched percussion grating, and thus the way that I will pose the question will be colored by that. The prevalence of unpitched percussion is ...
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What did Schoenberg intend to say by '[Ives] responds to negligence by contempt'?

Source: Charles Ives and the Classical Tradition. p. 87 Top. There is a great Man living in this Country—a composer. He has solved the problem of how to preserve one's self-esteem. He responds ...
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

I've seen / read many things about black music, especially the Negro spiritual, blues, rhythm'n'blues, rock'n'roll, etc. And 99% of what I've heard or read says that the rap music descends from blues,...
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Why is Axl Rose the only original member left in Guns N' Roses?

It's pretty common to see a band break up or have a member or two leave, but in Guns N' Roses the only original member left is Axl Rose and most of the other band members still play together in bands ...