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What are the historical roots of auto-tune?

Auto-Tune is a technique to hide bad vocals in a track. Good or bad, it seems that it's here to stay in popular music. Many people credit Cher's Believe as the first use of auto-tune in popular music. ...
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What is the story of Widmann: Viola Concerto?

I have come across a video of the concert on Facebook. It said that the violinist starts screaming at some point during the concert, which is true. Furthermore, on Youtube, all the comments talk ...
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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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Why did Gustav Mahler use the song “Frère Jacques” in the 3rd movement of his Symphony No. 1?

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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History: Is there any evidence that reveals Friedrich Chopin was a Christian?

Composer under examination: Friedrich 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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Movie scene about Dr. Dre discovering Eminem

I can’t remember when I’ve seen a movie scene where (if I’m right) Jimmy Iovine is sitting with Dre and he turns on a cassette he found in garage and that's the time Dre first hears Eminem. So my ...
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is there any particular reason why songs in spanish are taking over?

I was reading the charts for most viewed youtube songs for the years 2017/2018 . In it, 7 out of the 10 most viewed youtube music videos are in spanish. Notice this wasnt like this before, in years ...
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Which was first “Stronger” or “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”?

As it is well known, Stronger by Kanye West features Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk (https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/kanye-west-stronger-10-anniversary-2119541). A friend told me ...
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When was blues first called “the Devil's music”?

From Robert Johnson's alleged deal at a Mississippi crossroads, to use of the Diabolus in Musica, to tales of drinking and midnight creepin'... the darkness in the blues is there for all to see. But ...
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First 45 not to feature a “second song”?

Napoleon XIV (AKA Jerry Samuels) released "They're Coming to Take Me Away" in 1966. He had no second song, so they simply played the song backwards on the B-side. A lot of singles simply feature an ...
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Greatest logevity 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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Neil Young's inscrutable liner notes for “Cinnamon Girl”

I was reading the comments of Neil Young on his song “Cinnamon Girl” and I was wondering what’s the meaning of this: Wrote this for a city girl on peeling pavement coming at me thru Phil Ochs eyes ...
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Why Ritchie Blackmore hated “When a Blind Man Cries”?

In wikipedia it is written that: Because guitarist Ritchie Blackmore disliked "When a Blind Man Cries", the band never played the song live during his stay with the band, with the exception of one ...
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Why the change to “Let us live to make men free?”

The 5th verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me As He died to make men ...
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Who are considered the most important salsa composers/performers?

Like the title says, I would like to know who are the most important salsa composers and/or performers. If possible I'd like some brief background as to why they are so important.
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Difference between Song and Qawwali?

Yesterday in lecture my teacher asked me to tell me the difference between Song and Qawwali and don't have any answer and he said me to tell me the difference b/w them tomorrow.Please tell me the real ...
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Why did Pierre Boulez wear sunglasses while conducting?

Reddit refers to this "1968 video of Maestro Boulez conducting a bit of the second movement of Debussy's "Nocturnes". I know that Boulez 'pretty much hated everyone apart from maybe Webern, ...
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about Soft Machine and Gong

Is there a book or a source containing the whole history of Soft Machine and Gong? In particular focusing on the interaction between their members during the sixties and before their foundation?
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GREEN BOOK: Is there any sheet music available by Don Shirley?

Don or Doc Shirley was an afro-american pianist and composer (Movie: GREEN BOOK) I am looking for midi files or written music (especially his interpretation of blue skies: https://www.youtube.com/...
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Musician with the most one-off aliases

On a train of thought inspired by @Bebs' question, there are many one-off fun aliases made up for "off-contract" work : for example Luther Grosvenor as Arial Bender, Bob Dylan as Blind boy Grunt and ...
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How has popular music singing evolved over the past 70 years to where it is now?

While I have a background in music (as fine arts), I am less familiar with pop and its associated analysis, which tends to be culturally-based. There is a diction in singing that seems to have shifted ...
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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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What does “language is gestural and splintered” mean in music? How can it arouse “the overall impression of highly coloured abstraction”?

I'm reading The Rough Guide to Classical Music (2010 5th ed.) by Joe Staines. On p. 563 bottom, left column, he writes: Takemitsu’s orchestral works vary considerably, but his overriding ...
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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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What classical piece is used as inspiration during the first six seconds of Purple Dreams by Figaro Castello?

I think the artist Figaro Castello borrowed a motif from a famous romantic era piece in his piano composition "Purple Dreams". Spotify link. What is the name of the piece it is alluding to? It is ...
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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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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 is the origin of the synth sample in the start of both [Dark PHOENiX] Deaf to all but the Song and DBZ Ultimate Tenkaichi - Courage

Within the first 10 seconds of both songs you can clearly hear very similar musical phrases played on a bright synth with delay and filter modulation. I didn't find any direct relation between the two ...
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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 did not I see black people in Rodriguez concert in South Africa?

I just watched the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, a movie about Rodriguez. In this documentary they said that his music was a big influencer in fighting with music against the apartheid. But ...
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Is V in Morse code • • • − because the main theme of Beethoven's V Symphony is short-short-short-long?

I am reading Craig Wright's Listening to Music. On page 222, he states: No wonder that during World War II (1939-1945) both sides, Fascists as well as Allied, used the music of [Beethoven's fifth] ...
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Which famous musicians despise piano competitions, barring Bartók and Ives?

Source: The Dark Side of Piano Competitions, by Michael Johnson, AUG. 7, 2009 [reproduced here also] [...] A petition now circulating has attracted more than 500 signatures urging “transparency” ...
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Mods vs Rockers - who won?

I've heard a lot about Mods vs Rockers in the '60s. But can either side reasonably claim to have 'won', either overall or in any of the significant individual 'battles', e.g. the 'Battle of Brighton'?
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“Love Beach” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer: considered as serious release?

The album Love Beach by Emerson, Lake & Palmer was made with the intention of fulfilling a contract obligation. So, they could have released an experimental or an absolutely demotivated album, but ...
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How many songs are already been pressed on cd (or vinyl) of all time in the world? [closed]

How many different songs are already been pressed on CD (or vinyl) of all time in the world ? Are there any estimations ?
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Was Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' the first song with a fade-out and fade back in?

Wikipedia on Suspicious Minds explains: Elvis' primary producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for 15 seconds before ...
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Why is the Stratocaster guitar so prevalent?

If you look back to the 1960s and above, you'll find out there are so many famous guitar players like Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and others, playing a Fender ...
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Who is Sister Irene in “Going Down” by Freddie King?

I'm working on Going Down by Freddie King and I don't understand the reference of this sentence: I'm going back to Chattanooga and sleep on sister Irene's porch I can't find any reference from my ...
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was Don Shirley also a composer even if he didn't write down any sheet music?

first I want to say that I'm just trying to find some questions to pay attention to Doc Shirley. Yesterday we went to see the movie "THE GREEN BOOK" and from the first piece he played I realized what ...
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Did Ray Manzarek play a Hohner keyboard bass on a commercial recording or public occasion?

I was looking into buying a Hohner Bass (out of historical interest into Hohner keyboards, not because I am planning to play it). To my amazement I found several offers, and wiki-style pages, that ...
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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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Johnny Dyani's “Musician's Musician”: who is the reference?

South African expatriate multi-instrumental jazz musician Johnny Dyani wrote a song called "Musician's Musician." It appears on at least two albums I know of. The title sounds as though it might be a ...
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Where does this famous rhythm pattern come from (oftenly used to knock on a door)?

This rhythm pattern seems very famous and is oftenly used to knock on someone's door, sometimes as a code: Does it have an history? Where does it come from?
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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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Why did Guillaume de Machaut believe that “in my end is my beginning, and in my beginning”?

Source: The Master and His Emissary (2009). p. 448 Middle.   The individual life was seen in the past as more than just a line leading to — what? Its shape had the qualities of a circle: in my ...
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Did Glenn Gould's humming bother other musicians during concerts?

I hope this question is appropriate on this SE. Maybe it's a bit of a trivia but somehow I see it as part of music history. So Glenn Gould's humming is notorious and does not need to be discussed. ...
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Did Sidney Bechet “study” with Lorenzo Tio Jr.?

Did Sidney Bechet "study" with Lorenzo Tio Jr.? To my knowledge, they associated with each other, but I don't know about studied with in the way that Dodds or Bigard did. The wikipedia article ...
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When did Beste (vocal genre in Ottoman classical music) appear?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beste_(Turkish_music) (CC-BY-SA): The beste is a vocal genre in Ottoman classical music. It was a movement of the fasıl, or suite. When did the genre appear, and when ...
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“Corn Cob Blues” - real story?

There’s a song by John Hartford called "Corn Cob Blues", from a 1967 album. The song’s about a cowboy singer promoting the wedding of a member of his backing crew, and the thoughts of the groom ...
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Why is the melody for the “Gloria” from “Angels We Have Heard On High” so similar to the one from “Ding Dong Merrily On High”?

Here's an etymology question, if you will: the choruses of "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Angels We Have Heard On High" have the same melody for the first few bars, and on the same word. This seems ...