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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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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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What is the difference between a “cover” and a “remake” of a song?

Is there a difference between a cover and a remake of a song? Or do both terms mean the same thing?
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What is “The Seattle Sound”?

You often hear of early 90's Seattle music as having "Th Seattle Sound". What, exactly, are they talking about? Seattle has birthed Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana and ...
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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 music played in silent films considered to be a soundtrack? Why or why not?

A soundtrack, also written sound track, can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program or video game; a commercially released ...
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What is the quality threshold for recordings sounding better/truer?

I have a couple of "audiophile" friends who either obsess of vinyl or lossless FLAC files and invest a lot of money into special headphones and audio systems, and swear by the massive difference it ...
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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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How to find “recommended” playlists in Spotify?

I'm a big Spotify fan. I use it almost constantly at work. But one thing Spotify is not good at: music discovery. Despite all this newfangled tracking of my music listening habits, I still ...
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Why is the length of a song in much modern music between 3 and 4 minutes?

One of our definition questions. This intrigued me because there are a lot of possible answers and I don't know if it's been investigated. Is it simply convention? Is there some sort of ...
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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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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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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 is the difference between a LP and an EP?

Many bands/artists release EPs and LPs. I have noticed that many artists that are still on the beginning of their career release EPs. What does EP and LP mean?
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How did Jaco Pastorius get nicknamed 'Jaco'?

The famous electric bassist was born as John Francis Anthony Pastorius III. Is it known how he got nicknamed Jaco?
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What does it mean for an album to be remastered?

There are times when older albums get re-released as a remastered version. What is the difference between the original version and the remastered version?

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