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Is there an explanation for what people like? Can you account for taste? To each their own! Check out this little snippet.
You got my curiosity but, fortunately, I keep my computer muted by default, so when that little snippet came up, I was spared. I do not have to listen to that to know I don't want to listen to it but there is a long history of acceptance of "de gustibus non est disputandum." I probably dislike what you like but so what?
 

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auto tune LOL
 

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You got my curiosity but, fortunately, I keep my computer muted by default, so when that little snippet came up, I was spared. I do not have to listen to that to know I don't want to listen to it but there is a long history of acceptance of "de gustibus non est disputandum." I probably dislike what you like but so what?
Ouch?
 

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Well..... That was fun?
It's a good question Lou. I think lots of today's popular music is just garbage. The art of building,and crafting a song has been lost to the formula. Why are so many modern songs into the chorus after one measure? To hurry up and get it over with and to get on to the next song. No craft any more.
 

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The biggest problem is the industry and their formula of "what people will buy". A lot of artists get rejected because it doesn't fit their mold.
Thankfully we still have independent labels and radio stations that are willing to listen to new and unique material.
Locally we have the ABC radio Triple J that has an "Unearthed" competition each year to find new, unrecorded, talent.
 

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You know where I find there is a lot of hidden talent? In the churches that have good worship bands. Our church alone has had three different individuals/bands produce CDs that get radio play just in the last 5 years.
 

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Well..... That was fun? It's a good question Lou. I think lots of today's popular music is just garbage. The art of building,and crafting a song has been lost to the formula. Why are so many modern songs into the chorus after one measure? To hurry up and get it over with and to get on to the next song. No craft any more.
Yes, seems like anyone with a computer can create songs using drum tracks and sound bites. Some put enough effort into that type of craft to have something worthwhile to listen to come out the other end. And speaking of quick, short songs: have you ever seen/heard the "A Song In 60 Seconds" music videos on Palladia? Some of them are quite good, and the artists have interesting personalities/character. Both Dish Network and DirecTV carry the Palladia station.

The biggest problem is the industry and their formula of "what people will buy". A lot of artists get rejected because it doesn't fit their mold. Thankfully we still have independent labels and radio stations that are willing to listen to new and unique material. Locally we have the ABC radio Triple J that has an "Unearthed" competition each year to find new, unrecorded, talent.
I'm with you on this! Record companies used to recognize potential talent, take qualifying bands under their wing, and help nurture their development into superstars. Many times they just find a pretty face with fashionable moves. Have to go with what sells the most. No time to help artists mature. Your local competition breathes new life into a much needed rejuvenation of the musical arts.

You know where I find there is a lot of hidden talent? In the churches that have good worship bands. Our church alone has had three different individuals/bands produce CDs that get radio play just in the last 5 years.
This is very true! Hard to discuss this without offending someone, so I'll try not to. Used to be that worship bands were more about pushing the underlying message onto their audience. Present day worship bands (my son was a bass player for a good while) churn out some very catchy tunes with sophisticated lyrics. Congrats on your hard earned airplay!

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You got my curiosity but, fortunately, I keep my computer muted by default, so when that little snippet came up, I was spared. I do not have to listen to that to know I don't want to listen to it but there is a long history of acceptance of "de gustibus non est disputandum." I probably dislike what you like but so what?
Why ouch? It is just as likely you won't care for what I like but there's no reason why each of us cannot be happy.
 

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Why ouch? It is just as likely you won't care for what I like but there's no reason why each of us cannot be happy.
Hello Kal! True words, and no hard feelings. Your celebrity status as a reviewer/editor in the audiophile world intimidated me, so I took your post personally. "Ouch?" seemed like a safe reply. Just letting out my feminine side :R

BTW, I don't like the band in the video or what they're playing. I do like it for it's comical relief (i.e. I truly LOL each time I see it). Just thought others would react the same way. My intro write-up wasn't the best means to that end.
 

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Could be why we're still listening to JS Bach 300 years later. Pop music just isn't made for the long run.
Though music doesn't have to be old to be good. Kerry Turner is a case in point.
 

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The fans of any particular genre of music might disagree that any other particular genre is worth listening too.
Classical music might be just as unbearable to an individual as gangster rap is to a different individual.
 

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Could be why we're still listening to JS Bach 300 years later. Pop music just isn't made for the long run. Though music doesn't have to be old to be good. Kerry Turner is a case in point.
Time and history filter whatever is popular so that we are left with what's best from the past..........in any genre.
 

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The fans of any particular genre of music might disagree that any other particular genre is worth listening too.
Classical music might be just as unbearable to an individual as gangster rap is to a different individual.
Personally; my collection includes the likes of Mozart, Ludacris, Josh Groban, Diana Krall, and Metallica, and I listen to all of them with equal enthusiasm. But that snipet in Lou's OP; not sure what to think about that one. Hard to listen to. For me. But it was a live performance, and there was, I assume, an audience...?

Interesting topic, indeed.
 

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There has never been a problem finding bad music and bad sound. Pervasive media access makes it that much easier. I do wonder what the appeal is, but don't spend much time on that thought.

I think there is lots of good music these days. Lots of talented people are getting heard that would never have been known thirty years ago. At the same time there is more to filter.
 

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Personally; my collection includes the likes of Mozart, Ludacris, Josh Groban, Diana Krall, and Metallica, and I listen to all of them with equal enthusiasm. But that snipet in Lou's OP; not sure what to think about that one. Hard to listen to. For me. But it was a live performance, and there was, I assume, an audience...? Interesting topic, indeed.
Your musical taste has quite a range. I think that's the case with more people than not; but the sharply divided opinions on many other forums make their existence seem questionable. Having a wIde range of interests is a good thing in my opinion, and fosters personal growth. Elementary and secondary students enrolled in a music class have been shown to perform better in other subjects. It's a shame that music is one of the first curriculums to fall under the budget cutting axe.

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Your musical taste has quite a range. I think that's the case with more people than not; but the sharply divided opinions on many other forums make their existence seem questionable. Having a wIde range of interests is a good thing in my opinion, and fosters personal growth. Elementary and secondary students enrolled in a music class have been shown to perform better in other subjects. It's a shame that music is one of the first curriculums to fall under the budget cutting axe.

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I did grow up with music - played in band (alto sax), orchestra (cello and string bass) and jazz band (electric bass) all through my elementary and jr. high school years. Most kids back then didn't care much for Mozart. Me? I lived for it. Oddly. But I suppose that's where the breadth of music appreciation comes from - knowing how it's made lends to a greater appreciation, IMHO.

Now if we can just get more recording companies to mix it like it sounds in real life...
 

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I did grow up with music - played in band (alto sax), orchestra (cello and string bass) and jazz band (electric bass) all through my elementary and jr. high school years. Most kids back then didn't care much for Mozart. Me? I lived for it. Oddly. But I suppose that's where the breadth of music appreciation comes from - knowing how it's made lends to a greater appreciation, IMHO. Now if we can just get more recording companies to mix it like it sounds in real life...
Your "oddity" is more of a "minority" in the greater scheme of things. Classical music carries not so much a superiority as it does a complexity. Consider how Ralph Machio defeated his rival in a dueling guitar battle (from the film "Crossroads"). His Classical music lessons paid off big time!

as far as capturing the sound...
You might want to check out this discussion http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/two-channel-audio/120650-where-good-audio-engineers-record-producers.html and this one ____________ (TBD... reached my bus stop so gotta go)

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