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Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Game_boy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:37 am UTC

Apparently I have the weirdest taste in music on the planet. I don't like a single mainstream band, anything that ever comes on radio, and up until a year ago I couldn't listen to any vocal tracks at all (sensory integration issues with the words and music).

What I do like, but there is very little of in existence, is video game music. Preferably orchestral instruments and always a strong main melody or melodies. No classical music I've ever heard has a strong enough melody, sounds like random noise to me. I seriously envy those people with hundreds or thousands of songs on their media player.

So I'd like to find bands that I can listen to. I'll listen to anything posted.

Here's my favourite music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J46RY4PU8a8 (Yasunori Mitsuda)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2kxFCQ_mQ (Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM3BIOvEJSw (Motoi Sakuraba)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTecFA6sb4 (Kenji Yamamoto)

Here's the most tolerable music with vocals I've found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H760kKKCXVM (Aquaria)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1GtMiKXE_E (Gust)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meQBEmcYAGE (Run Faster Now)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRZFTtaZfN8 (Treat)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TERyxFfMqDk (Mirror's Edge)

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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Smiling Hobo » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:56 am UTC

I've always thought that Halo had pretty good music for a video game. You might enjoy that. The Final Bowser Theme is also pretty ridiculously good. And even though you say you don't like classical music, I think you might want to give this a try. The melodies are about as subtle as a club to the head, but oh are they sweet.

As for music with vocals that you might like, maybe Sigur Ros is your thing. All of their songs are either in icelandic or gibberish-speak, so no need to worry about being distracted by the lyrics.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby uncivlengr » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:56 am UTC

Rick Wakeman plays mostly instrumental music (piano and orchestra), and most of his music has a kind of fantasy/medieval theme, which kinda goes along with the video game genre? His outfits are always good for a laugh at the least.

Aside from that, perhaps John Williams? He's obviously known for his film scores, which are similar to those video game excerpts you posted, and always have that identifiable theme you prefer.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Game_boy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:11 pm UTC

Smiling Hobo wrote:I've always thought that Halo had pretty good music for a video game. You might enjoy that. The Final Bowser Theme is also pretty ridiculously good.


I think I've pretty much exhausted the existing field of video game music. Both of those are good.

And even though you say you don't like classical music, I think you might want to give this a try. The melodies are about as subtle as a club to the head, but oh are they sweet.


Not bad. A more energetic or faster paced arrangement would probably be perfect but I can't find one.

As for music with vocals that you might like, maybe Sigur Ros is your thing. All of their songs are either in icelandic or gibberish-speak, so no need to worry about being distracted by the lyrics.


I had a look through their songs, and the instruments were good but I'd really like to replace the vocals with a flute or something.

Rick Wakeman plays mostly instrumental music (piano and orchestra), and most of his music has a kind of fantasy/medieval theme, which kinda goes along with the video game genre? His outfits are always good for a laugh at the least.


Seems to have long spaces between identifiable melodies.

Aside from that, perhaps John Williams? He's obviously known for his film scores, which are similar to those video game excerpts you posted, and always have that identifiable theme you prefer.


Yes, there are about four songs from him that I like (the obvious ones). I find the rest of his scores are either ambient to fit the film or are variations on the main theme. It works with the films well but I wouldn't listen to it outside of that.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Kizyr » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:11 pm UTC

Game_boy wrote:What I do like, but there is very little of in existence, is video game music. Preferably orchestral instruments and always a strong main melody or melodies. No classical music I've ever heard has a strong enough melody, sounds like random noise to me. I seriously envy those people with hundreds or thousands of songs on their media player.

Very little in existence? Video game music is my favorite genre (yes I have a loose definition of the word genre) and probably about 70% of my music library is VG music in some way or another. That amounts to somewhere around 3500 tracks. There is quite literally terabytes out there if you're looking in the right places.

A few of my favorite composers are probably:
Motoi Sakuraba (Tales series), Noriyuki Iwadare (Lunar, Grandia), Yasunori Mitsuda (Xenogears), Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Nobuo Uematsu (FF), Christopher Tin (Civilization - recently won 2 Grammys, by the way), Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms), David Wise (DKC)... probably too many to mention.

If I think of it in terms of games, then the ones that come to the top of my mind are:
Albert Odyssey, the Lunar series, Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Destiny, Final Fantasy 9, Final Fantasy X, Xenogears, Wild Arms 1-3, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Ecco the Dolphin 1-2 (esp. Sega CD versions), Sonic 3, Sonic CD... likewise I should probably cut off there.

Game_boy wrote:I think I've pretty much exhausted the existing field of video game music. Both of those are good.

Ok, you say this, so I'll move in a different direction.

Let's start with remixes. I can't go by without mentioning OverClocked ReMix:
http://www.ocremix.org/
About 2300 posted remixes so far, as well as 25 albums up. You can download anything from there or just check out their YouTube channel to preview/listen otherwise:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ocremix

I'm no posted remixer, but I've been involved with the OCR community for a few years now and, through that, have gotten exposed to a ton more music than I would have otherwise.

Lemme try some recommendations now (mostly vocals, but the last two are instrumentals):
Jillian Aversa - Dreaming Still (OC ReMix) (Chrono Cross)
Zircon & Jillian Aversa - Just Hold On (original)
Kate Covington - Ronfaure (FFXI)
Kate Covington - Rose of May (FFIX)
Harmony - Dragon Song (OC ReMix) (Secret of Mana)
Reuben Kee - Amor Dans Morte (NWN)
Reuben Kee - Ascension to Cosmo Canyon (OC ReMix) (FF7)
Reuben Kee - Reflections (Shenmue)

I dunno if it's VG music you're after, or a particular style as well. I tried to tailor my recommendations based on what you linked in your post. But, there's a lot more that's closer to, say, jazz, electronica, rock, metal (not my thing though), hip-hip (my thing), and so on, that I haven't really breached the surface of. Let me know and I can either narrow down my recommendations or go off in another direction.

Oh, and a few other artists that I listen to regularly (some of which I've already mentioned above) - and what their genre might be. Don't take my word on genre, though, since I'm lousy at classifying stuff that way:
Erutan / Kate Covington (celtic/new age?)
Jillian Aversa (new age)
Zircon / Andrew Aversa (electronica?)
The Megas (rock)
Mega Ran (hip-hip)
A_Rival (hip-hop)

Right, so... I've spent enough time of this. Is this what you had in mind, or am I off? KF
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Game_boy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:31 pm UTC

I typed up a long post in reply and lost it. I'll summarise, sorry.

Video game music: I like almost all the composers you listed, but I tend to like only one or two of their songs each (example: despite listening to the entire OSTs of FF 1-14, the only Nobuo Uematsu song I like is the Brawl main theme). I was primarily looking outside video games because I feel I've at least tried the majority of the notable or acclaimed composers.

OC Remix: the majority of the remixes seem to be dance/trance/electronica mixes. The few songs I like tend to be orchestral or soft rock arrangements of music I already like (for example, the Baba Yetu remix).

I listened to everything else you posted, and a little further in to a few of their channels. I like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10vtevd__IM

but I don't like it $15 worth. :(

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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby legopelle » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:53 pm UTC

Game_boy wrote:Apparently I have the weirdest taste in music on the planet. I don't like a single mainstream band, anything that ever comes on radio, and up until a year ago I couldn't listen to any vocal tracks at all (sensory integration issues with the words and music).

Dude! You're my mirror image, I'm exactly like that! Wowsers.
"Sensory integration issues", hmm... maybe "sensory input mismatch" is more accurate, no?

My main issue with vocals is that they're not really used as an instrument, but more like a narration. Here's some examples of vocals that I sincerely love (it's not VGM, though):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsPtl3J3tSc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IReyb5KU250
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAyAaJo8MYw

I'm not natively Japanese, so I have naught on the content, but that really makes the melody and everything else much more important to convey emotions.

Game_boy wrote:What I do like, but there is very little of in existence, is video game music. Preferably orchestral instruments and always a strong main melody or melodies.

VGM kicks ass! I however seriously doubt you fully grasp the amount of music for video games that exist. I know a lot of orchestrated versions of VGM, so here's some:

Scars of tIme, Chrono Chross - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErVyXBadAlg (skip the piano piece to 1:48 in or so, to the guitar and flute. When the drums start... *goosebumps*)
Dragon roost island, TLoZ:Wind Waker - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC7feDYo4UI (actually a big band, but you wouldn't guess it)
Gerudo Valley, TLoZ:Ocarina of Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvdqk-jnqQc (self-explanatory awesomeness)

The tracks are lifted from "Play! A Video Game Symphony", "Mario & Zelda Big Band" and "Hyrule Symphony" respectively. You should really give 'em all some attention. The same goes for "Eminence Orchestra" and "Orchestral Game Concert".

Game_boy wrote:No classical music I've ever heard has a strong enough melody, sounds like random noise to me. I seriously envy those people with hundreds or thousands of songs on their media player.

Too bad you can't listen to classical, it's an experience in and of itself to get lost in the myriad of layers in a really good composition.

Game_boy wrote:So I'd like to find bands that I can listen to. I'll listen to anything posted.

Good for you.

Game_boy wrote:Here's my favourite music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J46RY4PU8a8 (Yasunori Mitsuda)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2kxFCQ_mQ (Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM3BIOvEJSw (Motoi Sakuraba)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTecFA6sb4 (Kenji Yamamoto)

We think alike, you and me. Koji Kondo is also the main composer for the Zelda series, did you know that?


Ditto here.

So, when the world of VGM is finally explored, what's next? If you ask me, It's in Anime. Much of what you linked is natively from Japan making the transition smooth.

If you also want to watch something for it's music I'd recommend "Neon Genesis Evangelion", "Xam'd Lost Memories", anything by Hayo Hiyazaki (Joe Hisaishi writes the most beautiful scores) and "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" (emphasis on brotherhood). Picture and sound alike is really out of this world. Just listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEiucbbX ... re=related

Whatever you do, don't get hung up on openings and endings. Many series with awesome orchestral scores have mediocre pop/j-rock as OPs and EDs.

I think that's all for now. If I'm on the right track, I'd be happy to recommend more music. It's not everyday you meet someone with a love for VGM.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby SirMustapha » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

Sheesh, your musical taste sounds about as restrictive as "I don't like any music that features sounds in the frequency range of 400Hz and 1600Hz". Maybe you need to exercise your taste a little bit? I believe sticking firmly to a single style is not going to help much if you want to increase your library.

Maybe start out with some composers such as Mike Oldfield (mostly instrumental, fiercely melodic and featuring quite thick and complex arrangements), Jean Michel Jarre (mostly electronic and instrumental, also very melodic), Vangelis (nearly 100% instrumental, his output is wildly varied but he has written incredible melodic stuff) and suchlike. It may open up your taste a little bit.

Not every style of music is immediately likable. No, let me correct that: NO style of music is immediately likable. You always have to work a little bit on it, and really, there's no reward when there's no effort.

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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Thirty-one » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:59 pm UTC

Tried any marches?

Here's one I like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu2eQ-Y0Q9o
mostly simply and distinct melodies. Hope you don't find it a total waste of time. :)
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Game_boy » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:17 pm UTC

legopelle wrote:
Game_boy wrote:Apparently I have the weirdest taste in music on the planet. I don't like a single mainstream band, anything that ever comes on radio, and up until a year ago I couldn't listen to any vocal tracks at all (sensory integration issues with the words and music).

Dude! You're my mirror image, I'm exactly like that! Wowsers.
"Sensory integration issues", hmm... maybe "sensory input mismatch" is more accurate, no?


Maybe. I have Aspergers', I think that has a lot to do with it.

My main issue with vocals is that they're not really used as an instrument, but more like a narration.


This; a million times this.



First one is very good, other two are listenable. I'd love to see anything more along these lines, thanks.

VGM kicks ass! I however seriously doubt you fully grasp the amount of music for video games that exist. I know a lot of orchestrated versions of VGM, so here's some:

Scars of tIme, Chrono Chross - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErVyXBadAlg (skip the piano piece to 1:48 in or so, to the guitar and flute. When the drums start... *goosebumps*)
Dragon roost island, TLoZ:Wind Waker - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC7feDYo4UI (actually a big band, but you wouldn't guess it)
Gerudo Valley, TLoZ:Ocarina of Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvdqk-jnqQc (self-explanatory awesomeness)

The tracks are lifted from "Play! A Video Game Symphony", "Mario & Zelda Big Band" and "Hyrule Symphony" respectively. You should really give 'em all some attention. The same goes for "Eminence Orchestra" and "Orchestral Game Concert".


I've listened to and like all of these.

Too bad you can't listen to classical, it's an experience in and of itself to get lost in the myriad of layers in a really good composition.


Could you suggest some that you like, since your taste seems to be quite similar? When I said I didn't like classical I mean the obvious stuff they use in adverts; I'm sure there's a lot of variation within it (or else not a single good composer was born until the 20th century, which is absurd).

So, when the world of VGM is finally explored, what's next? If you ask me, It's in Anime. Much of what you linked is natively from Japan making the transition smooth.

If you also want to watch something for it's music I'd recommend "Neon Genesis Evangelion", "Xam'd Lost Memories", anything by Hayo Hiyazaki (Joe Hisaishi writes the most beautiful scores) and "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" (emphasis on brotherhood). Picture and sound alike is really out of this world. Just listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEiucbbX ... re=related

Whatever you do, don't get hung up on openings and endings. Many series with awesome orchestral scores have mediocre pop/j-rock as OPs and EDs.

I think that's all for now. If I'm on the right track, I'd be happy to recommend more music. It's not everyday you meet someone with a love for VGM.


Thanks. The anime song you linked was good, I'll look through the rest of the soundtrack. Please do post more.

Sheesh, your musical taste sounds about as restrictive as "I don't like any music that features sounds in the frequency range of 400Hz and 1600Hz". Maybe you need to exercise your taste a little bit? I believe sticking firmly to a single style is not going to help much if you want to increase your library.


It's more a statement of what I definitely wouldn't like. For example, rap music. I've found the best composers can break any "rules" on what I like (Koji Kondo can write jazz, which I hate normally, or there's some hard-rock battle themes that are great).

Maybe start out with some composers such as Mike Oldfield (mostly instrumental, fiercely melodic and featuring quite thick and complex arrangements), Jean Michel Jarre (mostly electronic and instrumental, also very melodic), Vangelis (nearly 100% instrumental, his output is wildly varied but he has written incredible melodic stuff) and suchlike. It may open up your taste a little bit.

Not every style of music is immediately likable. No, let me correct that: NO style of music is immediately likable. You always have to work a little bit on it, and really, there's no reward when there's no effort.


I agree. In fact, putting 40 hours into certain video games has made like the music I've initially hated, much like 20+ radio plays works for normal people to do the same.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Microscopic cog » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:09 pm UTC

Game_boy wrote:
My main issue with vocals is that they're not really used as an instrument, but more like a narration.

This; a million times this.


I know this is against all the other things you said you liked, especially that a strong melody is a must have but if you want music that uses the voice as an instrument and not as a narration, get yourself Funeral Doom Metal. Don't be scared by the name, they're nice people.

This is Ahab, moby dick themed Funeral Doom Metal. The music is best described by their image, listening to their music feels a bit like getting crushed by miles high waves. The come around at 2;00 and are by far from your standard vocals. I'll stop trying to describing now. I hope you enjoy it, but I doubt you will. :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN3vuB6KVKc&feature=player_embedded
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Dirk » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:43 am UTC

Mozart's Requiem!

Could be total misfit or a total fit for you in this case... Just try it :wink:

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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Smiling Hobo » Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:21 am UTC

If you're looking for catchy stuff with vocals used as an instrument, this song may be exactly your thing. It's the first track off of Chick Corea's Jazz Fusion classic "Return to Forever". Near-perfect, sublime blend of Latin/Carribean and Jazz music. It picks up a bit at 1:15, if the intro isn't engaging enough for your tastes.

Edit - If you didn't really like that, this could be more your thing.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby legopelle » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:35 am UTC

Game_boy wrote:Maybe. I have Aspergers', I think that has a lot to do with it.

I wasn't complaining on your wordy accuracy, but offered a more, eh, definite wording.


First one is very good, other two are listenable. I'd love to see anything more along these lines, thanks.

Ave Maria, Cowboy Bebop - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYpsmna_M5A
Lilium, Elfen Lied - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaV6eDvgiG4


I've listened to and like all of these.

For kicks, steel samurai theme from the Phoenix Wright games (who would have thought a lawyer game would get this kind of music?)
Original version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiS7rQ21PRw
Orchestra version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdfiol35pws
Jazz version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRGm-rN1YG8 (the trumpet is amazing)


Could you suggest some that you like, since your taste seems to be quite similar? When I said I didn't like classical I mean the obvious stuff they use in adverts; I'm sure there's a lot of variation within it (or else not a single good composer was born until the 20th century, which is absurd).

I can listen to a lot of different types of classical (it's almost bizarre how widely the genre is applied) ranging from piano pieces, opera snippets and full concert power.
Schubert's Impromptu D 935 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxAFlaWmws4
Albinoni's Adagio in Gb - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMbvcp480Y4
Bach's Air - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S25tlrvqP_8 (maybe THE most brilliant piece ever composed)


Thanks. The anime song you linked was good, I'll look through the rest of the soundtrack. Please do post more.

Sins of Men, Xam'd Lost Memories - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjFuzr07mXE
Madder Sky, Code Geass R2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyBT0RGCyP8 (imagine it being played in the last battle, naïve idealism vs brutal cynicism)
Master, Code Geass R2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NshwfX1aggE (theme of the magnificent bastard)

These might double as light classical music:
Angels of Doom, Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 1.11 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o40Hhgs_Mlk
The Final Decision We All Must Take, Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.22 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQBi2IIMmpQ
TEMA I, Gunslinger Girl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoU0ClwY6dA


Not every style of music is immediately likable. No, let me correct that: NO style of music is immediately likable. You always have to work a little bit on it, and really, there's no reward when there's no effort.


I agree. In fact, putting 40 hours into certain video games has made like the music I've initially hated, much like 20+ radio plays works for normal people to do the same.

Interesting, I've never really thought about it. Maybe it has something to do with your emotional investment?
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby SirMustapha » Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:28 pm UTC

Game_boy wrote:It's more a statement of what I definitely wouldn't like. For example, rap music.


Rap is a tough listen indeed. When you talk about the need for "strong melodies", though, you are ruling out many elements that other composers try to explore, such as rhythm, harmony, atmosphere, noise, and so on. You don't even need to move away from the music you're used to in order to start picking out those other elements, try to bring out to the foreground what before was only in the background.

Game_boy wrote:I've found the best composers can break any "rules" on what I like (Koji Kondo can write jazz, which I hate normally, or there's some hard-rock battle themes that are great).


That may be because you're more willing to accept unusual things from your favourite artists, which is actually pretty common. You probably would enjoy different things, and it's all a matter of finding a place to start. I can recommend you to try Part 1 of Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn (here and then here), which is very, very melody oriented, but there is a lot of things going on in the background. It's a nice place to start picking out the atmosphere shifts, the counterpoints, the unusual rhythms and so on.

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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Lime » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:48 am UTC

Okay, this is really out on a limb here, but hear me out. There's this post-hardcore band from my town, called Desiderata. They scream a little bit. Now, typically, I don't like bands with screaming in them, but Desi are a little different. I've always thought that his screaming singing sounded like it was being used as another instrument, rather than the centre of the song. Mostly this is due to the songs not having a huge lyrical story in most of them, so the lyrics aren't really very important. On top of that, they have a really good bass player, and the guitar player uses some weird chords. Not in this song, mind you, but I've seen him use Dominant Sevenths, Minor Sixthes, and some other interesting chords. Give them a listen, I won't be offended if you hate them or whatever.

http://www.myspace.com/4449146/music/songs/Bowling-Hall-Bitter-Love-Scene-35077984

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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Cryopyre » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:39 am UTC

Sounds like you're into J-pop which means you might like House Music, as J-pop is technically under the House genre. I'd recommend micro-house, any kind of funky house, or chicago house, but that's just my style.

I understand how you feel about vocals, I often find that in rock or pop music vocals are often indecipherable or inconsequential. The stories they narrate are often uninteresting. In fact, it's for this reason that I often listen to either rap or house. Depending on the rap you listen to you can hear freestyle and interesting narrations, essentially freestyle poetry over a solid beat. If I'm not in the mood for a story or for proselytizing I go to my house music. It's rare that I listen to rock anymore, as it seems a lukewarm compromise between the two.

Anyhow, I recommend Justice or The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (though to be honest he's not my favorite, he's good as far as radical hip hop goes).
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Tab » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:09 am UTC

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place; about as melodic as instrumental music gets. Check out 'First Breath After Coma'.

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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby mutestorm » Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:11 am UTC

Tab wrote:about as melodic as instrumental music gets.

ehhhhh wouldn't go that far.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Game_boy » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:29 pm UTC

Thanks everyone. I started from the songs I do like and kept clicking on Youtube suggestions until I found something I liked. I've now found 7 or 8 good mainstream bands, but they are in the realm of, well, trashy pop. Seemingly <1% of that, if you ignore the lyrics and vocals completely, has good instrumental work I can listen to. I'm embarrassed to link them to be honest.

The youtube comments are all people saying they'd like to marry the lead singers. Apparently melody isn't why the other 99% of the band's audience listens to them.

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Lime wrote:Okay, this is really out on a limb here, but hear me out. There's this post-hardcore band from my town, called Desiderata. They scream a little bit. Now, typically, I don't like bands with screaming in them, but Desi are a little different. I've always thought that his screaming singing sounded like it was being used as another instrument, rather than the centre of the song. Mostly this is due to the songs not having a huge lyrical story in most of them, so the lyrics aren't really very important. On top of that, they have a really good bass player, and the guitar player uses some weird chords. Not in this song, mind you, but I've seen him use Dominant Sevenths, Minor Sixthes, and some other interesting chords. Give them a listen, I won't be offended if you hate them or whatever.


Can't put up with the screaming. Instruments still seem muted compared to the voice; it seems of good quality though.

Sounds like you're into J-pop which means you might like House Music, as J-pop is technically under the House genre. I'd recommend micro-house, any kind of funky house, or chicago house, but that's just my style.


Emphatically not, sorry. House, rap and anything more about beat/lyrics than melody are what I'm avoiding. My problem with lyrics is that they exist at all, not that they aren't engaging (I do agree rock/pop lyrics are mindless and nonsensical). my general test is: If lead singer was replaced by wind instrument, would I listen to this?

I did try and listen to what you said and some other supposed classics from those genres that I found elsewhere but, honestly, could not keep them open for very long.
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Re: Desperate for music I can listen to

Postby Cloud Walker » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

Maybe try some Hans Zimmer. His soundtracks are always fantastic, but beware that they are, IMO, hit or miss as far as listenability apart from the movie. The soundtrack to The Last Samurai is very good. Gladiator is also recommended (although that's not solely his work). His Pirates of the Caribbean stuff. . . not so much. Inception is pretty good.

Anyway, start with this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFLMLHPVhaw

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