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Differences between Syd Barrett and David Gilmour

There are a couple differences between the Barrett and Gilmour eras of Pink Floyd. One of the biggest differences was that when Barrett was in Floyd, he was pretty much the lead composer of the band, ...
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Name for "outro" in classical pieces

My first thought is "coda". From the New Oxford American Dictionary: coda |ˈkoʊdə| noun Music the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the ...
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What defines cool jazz as a jazz style/sub-genre?

Cool jazz is a style of jazz that arose as a sort of response to the growing popularity in bebop. Bebop featured fast-paced, syncopated, energetic music and frantic improvised solos. Cool jazz, in ...
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What defines Bebop as a jazz style/subgenre?

Bebop can in general be characterized by the following stylistic elements: fast tempos complex, highly syncopated rhythms advanced harmony using chords with added higher intervals (9ths, 11ths, 13ths)...
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Panic at the Disco's "Death of a Bachelor" influences

Yes, this song is a 100th birthday tribute to Frank Sinatra, as confirmed by the band's Instagram post: Frank Sinatra turns 100 this year. I attach his music to so many memories: Opening presents ...
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What is the name of a song that is overall soft, slow and/or sentimental?

The proper term seems to be "power ballad". I'm not sure if these apply to heavier genres of music as well, since as far as I've heard at least, a rock/metal ballad sounds different to a ...
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What makes a song an anthem?

I always thought an "anthem" was sort of like a "musical voice". The lyrics are on-point, and the music inspires courage, elation or pride. I mean, The Who's song Baba O'Riley is considered an ...
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What makes a song an anthem?

In other contexts, away from religious or national anthems, to qualify as an "anthem", it has to be one or more of the following : uplifting, strongly identified with a group or individual, great ...
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Genre for weird, obscure or underground music

You may be looking for "outsider music". Daniel Johnston, who passed away earlier this week, was perhaps the most famous modern "outsider artist." Outsider music (from "outsider art") is music ...
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Looking for songs with tension-building guitar hammer-ons

Thunderstruck has some good hammer on and pull offs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5iTQf5PDyY
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Research Paper on Music Style of A R Rahman

I found one article that might be promising. I accessed it through the online database Academic Search Premier, through my University library. Citation: Beaster-Jones, Jayson. “A.R. Rahman and the ...
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Is there a term for Gojira's style?

So, after quite some time, yes, Gojira is progressive death metal. Source: youtube comments on their videos.
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What defines swing as a music genre/style?

Not sure if there's a true scientific answer to this. In my opinion, I think a some of it has to do with the shuffle. This is when a pair of eighth notes, for instance, are played as a sixteenth and a ...
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What defines ragtime as a music genre/style?

The defining characteristic of ragtime music is a specific type of syncopation in which melodic accents occur between metrical beats. This results in a melody that seems to be avoiding some metrical ...
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What is the genre / style of this song and songs like it? Short Piano Notes on every beat in background

In it's broadest sense, the term for this kind of repetitive accompaniment is ostinato: a repeated bass figure over which a melody occurs. Ostinato, however, can refer to a whole repeated sequence of ...
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What defines Bebop as a jazz style/subgenre?

It is normally played by small groups. The typical ensemble is formed of two horns and a rhythm section (quintet), but other common sizes ranged from trio to septet. The classic bebop combo consisted ...
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What exactly is slam death metal?

It's basically a slower "brutal death metal" with emphasis on slamdowns and breakdowns. That's probably all it really is, so you can do a lot with it and it can still be called "slam death" if you ...
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Is there a term for Gojira's style?

The term you are looking for is 'One of the best bands of 21st century' but i guess it's safe to say they are a progressive metal band since they don't always go full on death metal and rely on lot of ...
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Is there a name for a song(s) within a song?

This is a musical interpolation. The term has several related meanings, but this is one of them. an abrupt change of musical elements... [followed by a] resumption of the main theme. https:/...
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What is the music style of Radiohead - Life in a glasshouse?

@Angst has correctly traced this back to New Orleans (thanks for doing the underlying research).However, it is nearly impossible to search music just by "New Orleans" alone, since New Orleans has such ...
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What is the name of this 50s/60s symphonic soundtrack style and who makes it nowadays?

This is the "Pops Orchestra" or "pops" style, a pop-influenced style performed by a full symphonic orchestra. The repertoire is usually a mixture of famous classical music ...
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What is the name of a song that is overall soft, slow and/or sentimental?

As @xhienne noted, Ballad is the correct generic term for a slow, sentimental song with vocals, regardless of the genre. You then modify it with whatever genre it would otherwise be in, thus: ...
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What is the music style of Radiohead - Life in a glasshouse?

The radiohead fandom site entry for this song : states After listening to a demo of the song, trumpeter and bandleader Humphrey Lyttelton suggested arranging it in the style of a New Orleans ...
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Genre of "Peppertones - Close up the world"

This is Indie Pop, a style that developed in the mid 90s and was big in the early 2000s. You can still find a lot of it, but not generally on the radio. Here's a brief history of it: In the 80s, the ...
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What style of piano is used in The Gaithers' "One Day" (featuring Lynda Randle)

This is gospel piano, a traditional style for religious music from the black American church that has a long and influential history, in parallel with secular black American musical styles such as ...
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Genre of "Band Take [X]" songs from the "Scythian Lamb" soundtrack

It's Japanese Indie music. As per this quote: A collaborative project initiated by session musician and long standing member of the Japanese indie scene, Ken Takehisa. With 11 musicians taking ...
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