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What does it mean for an album to be remastered?

Mastering is a separate art from recording or mixing. According to the Wikipedia article, the principle processes of mastering are: Editing minor flaws. Applying noise reduction to eliminate clicks, ...
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What is the difference between a LP and an EP?

EP refers to Extended play. It is something between a single and a full CD (or LP); a little too short to be a full CD and a little too long to be a single.It usually has 3-5 tracks . LP refers Long ...
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What does it mean for an album to be remastered?

I fully agree with Austin, so won't cover the same ground. However, there has been a recent development in 'remastering', which is not to literally remaster the best surviving copy of the original ...
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What is a "jazz standard"?

From experience, here is what I think of a jazz standard: A jazz standard is usually a famous jazz song. The reason it is called standard, is because it has been recorded many many times, by numerous ...
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"Oh we got both kinds. We got Country and Western." But what's actually the difference?

Country music is originally from the American South, it has origins in rural folk music, and originally centered around the lifestyle of farmers, miners and other blue-collar, rural Americans, usually ...
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Is the music played in silent films considered to be a soundtrack? Why or why not?

The word "soundtrack" dates back to 1928, which is about the time that "talkie" movies were picking up momentum. Talkies were either presented with a sound-on-disc system or a sound-on-film system. ...
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What is the name for a track hidden before the CD content?

If you are looking for a technical term it is "pregap". The article states: Not all CD drives can properly extract such hidden tracks. Some drives will report errors when reading these tracks, and ...
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What is the difference between a "cover" and a "remake" of a song?

It's a bit wishy-washy and the terms can be used interchangeably. However, I would say that in general: A cover usually refers to a reinterpretation. This might take the form of creating an ...
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A piece of music that is almost identical to another is called?

It's called a Pastiche A pastiche is a style of music [or art] that imitates the style or character of a piece. Unlike a parody, it celebrates rather than mocks the original. Adverts and 'high ...
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Is it OK to distinguish "songs" from "tracks" based on presence of vocals?

Yes, a song traditionally involves singing. You are technically correct. But your comment is telling: I find it difficult to enforce the meaning of a track You can't enforce the meaning of terms....
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Looking for a term : end of song n is the beginning of song n+1

It's called a segue, from the Italian segue - "follows", generally meaning a smooth transition. Wikipedia also mentions that some album notations distinguish track listings through the use of symbols,...
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What is a "jazz standard"?

IDK, if this answers your question. But here is what I think: Jazz standard Jazz standards are musical compositions which are an important part of the musical repertoire of jazz musicians, in ...
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Is "soundtrack" really a genre?

In the technical musical sense described in Wikipedia, soundtrack isn't a genre. It's better to think of iTunes genre as a one-word album description chosen from a menu of simple choices. It's usually ...
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What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl?

Some explanations as provided by these forum posts: Virgin vinyl is non recycled higher quality vinyl. [...] Pure vinyl which isn't recycled or adulterated with filler. Quieter as a ...
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What is the difference between a "cover" and a "remake" of a song?

Cover typically refers to a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer. The new performance or recording ...
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Is the music played in silent films considered to be a soundtrack? Why or why not?

The key words in the Wikipedia definition are "written", "recorded", and "synchronized". Live music to accompany a silent film is often improvised (rather than written), and it is (by definition!) ...
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What is Bass and Treble?

Sound is created by vibrations. How fast those vibrations are is called "frequency." There is a range of vibrations that the human ear is sensitive to. The slower, bigger vibrations in this range ...
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What does "classical" mean? Is Dvořák classical?

The term Classical in terms of music has two main distinct meanings that have been mentioned in the comments. In the broadest sense Classical refers to music that is related mostly to the history of ...
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What defines a trap-beat?

Typically, a trap beat is defined as having a BPM of >= 140, with hi-hats at triple-time or faster. Past that it's fairly subjective. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trap_music
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Is it OK to distinguish "songs" from "tracks" based on presence of vocals?

This is more of a philosophy of language question, with the answer being how much weight you place on "official"/"dictionary" definition and how much you place on meaning determined by popular usage (...
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Identifying term for songs with slow stomp bass tempo

One thing these tracks all share is a heavy backbeat (percussion hits on 2 and 4 of a 4-beat cycle). That plus a bpm (beats per minute) of just under 60 should get you the sound you want.
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What's a head banging rock song?

Humans have a natural tendency to bob their heads to a beat. This occurs in many types of music, but "headbanging" is when this is taken to a much more intense level. The performer or listener throws ...
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What makes an album "deluxe"?

Wikipdia has a general page called Special Edition, which also contains a good definition of Deluxe Editions. In terms of musical albums, the term "deluxe edition" refers to a re-release of ...
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