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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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How to determine the genre of a song?

I listen to many songs mostly Indian music. I always wonder how the genre of a song is determined. How is it determined by listening to the song or its basic info like the year released etc.?
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Band(s) in the vein of Dream Theater?

I really like the band Dream Theater, but I'm not very familiar with the Progressive Metal genre of which they're a part. Can anyone suggest a band (or bands) that have a similar feel but aren't as ...
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Is there any *objective* genre-like categorization of musical works?

I’m looking for objective criteria for classifying musical works. Formal metadata (like artist, title, length, publication date, language etc.) doesn’t help in saying something about the actual kind ...
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What exactly is 'epic music'?

I have listened to some 'epic' music online and I find I more or less like it. But I'm having trouble understanding what makes it epic. For example, wikipedia mentions that this type of music can be ...
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How can I find more music similar to the ones I like?

I'm having a hard time collecting music I'm interested in through genre. Do I have any options to look for similar music based on a recording / song name? For example, when browsing a video tagged ...
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I would like to get some fresh epic music

I am finding some epic music, like Strength of a Thousand Man from Thomas Bergersen or Time from Hans Zimmer. Thanks.
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How can I find the soundtrack list for documentaries?

I am desperate to find a track used in some documentaries seen on National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Does anyone knows where I can find a propper soundtrack list for them? For example, one of ...
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What defines rock music as a genre?

Which patterns, instruments, characteristics (or whatever) does a song need to have to be considered rock? Can this be objectively analyzed? If not, which subjective dynamics are involved?
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80's pop song with lyric “It's the story of my life if you wanna know”

I'm trying to identify a song by a female 80's pop group. Here are the lyrics I remember: It's the story of my life if you want to know a play where everything is meant to be you're the story ...
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Why are bonus tracks so common in japanese versions?

Just as the title says: Why are bonus tracks so common in japanese versions of a release?
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Does aging affect our taste in music?

When I was in school I was fan of pop music as I grow up I found Rock more interesting. Later I found myself more in hiphop which end into trance,techno and electronic music in college days. Now I ...
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What is the difference between R&B and Hip Hop, and what are some (most famous) examples of these and areas of overlap?

I'm a bit shy to post here... I listen to a lot of music, many times I might know the name of the singer, our band, but most of the time I don't even know what style I am listening to. It may even ...
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Why is it so hard to identify Library music?

When a media production joins a music to their project, they sometimes use library music for economic reasons. For some reason, composers and performing artists stay anonymous and it is very hard to ...
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What were the specifics of Prince's “$100 million contract” with Warner Bros. Records in 1992?

In 1992, Prince signed a reported $100 million contract with Warner Bros. Records. What were the specifics of this contract?
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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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What is the easy way to identify the soundtrack from any Hollywood movie?

I have a timeline where the music starts in a movie and have a sample audio of it. For movies, IMDB and Wikipedia show different soundtracks, and some match while some others don't. It is very ...
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How can I know if I'm damaging my hearing when listening to headphones?

I've been told that it's easy to damage my ears by listening too loud on headphones, but however loud I listen (within limits), I find my ears get used to it after a short time. It was recommended to ...
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Is there still any potential for a major new popular music genre to appear?

I'm of the generation that had their teenage years in the 90s. At that time, the mid-70s seemed musically very different - who could imagine a world with no techno and no hip-hop? The mid-90s are now ...
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What information do I need on headsets or headphones to accuratly compare audio quality?

I would like to know which of the following details I should take into consideration when attempting to judge audio quality: Often comparisons of headphones only show the frequency range. However ...
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Are there other “psychedelic” genres than rock?

Commonly I've seen psychedelic rock starts with The Doors and others, but is there any other "psychedelic-something" (i.e. "psychedelic jazz") genre? What are the examples (of the psychedelic-...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

Currently, artists just release singles with 1 track - the song. For example, Ariana Grande's single "Focus" has 1 track: Focus But wouldn't it be better to release additional tracks as well, like ...
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French song that quotes several 60's era songs in English

When I was taking French in high school my teacher played a song for us that I think was a popular song at some point (I took French in 2003, but I suspect the song was a lot older than that - maybe ...
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What was the first vinyl record to have a repeating loop in the run-out groove?

I have heard a few vinyl records that have a short snippet of sound in the innermost groove of the record, such that if your player doesn't auto-return the arm, you hear an endless loop. What was the ...
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In the song “Hotel California” by the Eagles, what are “colitas”?

Hotel California is one of my favorite songs. One mysterious line at the beginning of the song states: Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air I speak some Spanish, but neither I nor my ...
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How are backward messages created on tracks?

It is famously known that on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" are hidden satanic messages if you play the track backwards. Is this true? I've heard some backwards recordings on Youtube, but I don'...
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What defines a trap-beat?

I'm actually more the boom bap Hip-Hop, 90's style beat guy. But I find myself enjoying trap music more and more, since it's getting more and more popular and also because my friend is making more ...
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Why do so many musicians use stage names instead of their real names?

It's pretty common for musicians to use nicknames or stage names instead of their real names; for example, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bono from U2. Is there a reason why so many musicians do ...
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Is it true that Jimi Hendrix didn't know music theory?

I've often heard that Jimi Hendrix didn't know anything on music theory and harmony, and he was just playing 'by ear'. Is this true or just a urban legend?
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Main difference between Soul/Funk/R&B

Why every time I search for albums on Funk or Soul, for example in music apple, most of the albums that are supposed to be funk as labeled as soul/R&B?? What makes these three genres different? ...
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Identify this genre and performance: DJ with live instruments [closed]

I am trying to identify the correct terminology for a particular performance type (or genre) that has a DJ + musician that makes the music live. For example: Darkside - Live on KEXP Gramatik - Live ...
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Is there a service that tags songs based on the subject matter of the lyrics?

Today we are improving tagging a song/album/artist a lot with music streaming applications where music search is pivotal. I'm looking for a certain type of music which concerns the lyrics, so I'm ...
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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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Where did synth-pop and electro-pop come from, and what it's difference?

I recognize that they're both using synthesizer on their songs, that I think that they're came from the same roots, but nowadays they likely to expand their type. For example, I define The 1975 (band)...
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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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Music video that looks like “Where the Wild Things Are” (film)

I'm searching for a music video that has a scene exactly the same as the "Where the Wild Things" film, with the boy and the monster. It's not a song from the soundtrack! It's just an underrated ...
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Have there been musicians who have been in more than one band with a Top-10 hit on different instruments?

I was just wondering this. First of all, it's rare that any musician has played more than one instrument in more than one band, but there are a few. So I was wondering how many musicians have been ...
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What gives vinyl records their characteristic sound?

Many people swear by vinyls and claim that they sound warmer or just better in general. Why do vinyls sound different - is it the way that music is recorded onto them, or is it something in the ...
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“Oh we got both kinds. We got Country and Western.” But what's actually the difference?

When were "Country" and "Western" music regarded as two distinct styles? Where did these terms come from, and what was the distinction? Is there anything that could be put forward as an example of '...
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Is there any difference in terms of sound quality between different vinyl colours?

There are numbers of limited and special editions of vinyl LPs nowadays, and a lot of them differ from standard edition by vinyl colour: transparent, white, red, splattered… Is there any difference in ...
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How does Skrillex perform live concerts?

I went to a Skrillex concert last year. When Skrillex performs live, what is he doing?
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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?

During our lives we have seen several important changes of the playback format of our music. In my case the most significant was the passage of tapes to CD and then to digital MP3 files. Regardless ...
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What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl?

Better not have anything to do with Richard Branson. Thrill Jockey has a couple of up coming releases that are apparently both being pressed on virgin vinyl. In Plain Speech by Circuit des Yeux ...
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Is every piece of music a “track”?

Coming from the question about distinguishing songs from tracks based on presence of vocals, I wonder if track is a term that can be used for every kind of musical work? In the comments, Noach mi ...
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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 ...
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Why are instrumental chart toppers not as common as in the early days of the pop charts?

If you look at: UK instrumental number ones : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_instrumental_number_ones_on_the_UK_Singles_Chart US instrumental number ones : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Is it OK to distinguish “songs” from “tracks” based on presence of vocals?

I often correct my friends from calling tracks "songs" because it's a music piece that does not come with vocals or audible lyrics (for example, dubstep tracks with messed up audio). Is this correct? ...
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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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The “right here, right now” sample in “Right Here, Right Now”

In Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now, the lyrics contain repetitions of "right here, right now", spoken by a woman. This sample seems to be taken from the movie Strange Days, where Angela Bassett ...
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A piece of music that is almost identical to another is called?

In movies and TV to save on royalties they would play a song that almost sounds like another popular song with just a few notes changed. They are meant to fool the audience or at least try to give off ...

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