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Wordless songs

Postby Quixotess » Mon May 05, 2008 5:17 am UTC

They're nice because they're not as distracting when you're doing homework. Except for when they're epic.

I was just listening to Kikujiro's Summer, which is one of my all-time favorite songs, wordless or not.

What wordless songs do you love?
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby grant » Mon May 05, 2008 5:36 am UTC

how about Mendelssohn's Lieder ohne worte [songs without words].

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Robin S » Mon May 05, 2008 5:54 am UTC

Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles is a classic. Also, I quite liked Dance of Eternity by Dream Theater.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Aleril » Mon May 05, 2008 4:03 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:Also, I quite liked Dance of Eternity by Dream Theater.


And on the same note, Stream Of Consciousness.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Clumpy » Mon May 05, 2008 8:48 pm UTC

Ween - A Tear For Eddie
The Aquabats - Phantasma Del Mar
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Dusty Chalk » Tue May 06, 2008 4:45 am UTC

You mean, "instrumentals"?

Or do you mean songs like the entire catalog of Cocteau Twins?
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Mathmagic » Tue May 06, 2008 4:54 am UTC

Just about anything by Explosions In The Sky.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby hermaj » Tue May 06, 2008 5:36 am UTC

Milky Drops From Heaven by Jonny Greenwood.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby TheAmazingRando » Tue May 06, 2008 5:43 am UTC

I can think of plenty of great bands that make nothing but instrumental music, but I'm not sure that's what you mean.
The instrumental synth tracks that pepper Burzum albums are entirely different than the rest of the music, but contribute quite beautifully to the atmosphere.
The four instrumental interludes on Leaving Your Body Map and Bath by maudlin of the Well are very gentle and relaxing, with simple and fun melodies, wholly in contrast to the experimental and avant-garde structure and style of the rest of the tracks.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Balalaika Gap » Tue May 06, 2008 3:19 pm UTC

John Fahey did lovely guitar instrumentals, kind of darkly folky.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Quixotess » Tue May 06, 2008 4:16 pm UTC

Instrumentals or ululations, whichever makes you happy.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Felstaff » Tue May 06, 2008 4:30 pm UTC

Air - Talisman. Or La Femme d'Argent.

Haven't really listened to anything outside of Moon Safari, but I guess these songs are kind of their shtick.

All Natural - Start the Revolution
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Pirate.Bondage » Tue May 06, 2008 6:21 pm UTC

"Darwin" by Third Eye Blind.

I love to listen to it when I go to bed. The music is just amazing.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby grant » Wed May 07, 2008 1:02 am UTC

I guess what i was hinting at in my first post was...
perhaps it would be helpful to consider the difference between:

1 a piece of music that doesn't have singer(s)
2 a piece of music that does have a singer but not words, per se
3 a piece of music wherein an instrument is imitating music for voice, ie Mendelssohn's Songs without words.

Part of the confusion of what constitutes the type of music being discussed in this thread, comes from the fact that we use the word song to mean any instance of music.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Zero » Wed May 07, 2008 1:11 am UTC

Uh, maybe Dead Can Dance. They sing, but they use unknown or invented languages in most of their songs. As for just instrumental music, i love the album "Cinema Serenade" by Itzhak Perlman. Violin at it's best.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Jax184 » Wed May 07, 2008 10:38 am UTC

Robin S wrote:Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles is a classic. Also, I quite liked Dance of Eternity by Dream Theater.

Journey of the Sorcerer is one of the greatest songs no one knows they've heard. I enjoy sending it to people for their reaction.
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Hey, this sounds kinda familiar...
Oh my god!!"

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Felstaff » Wed May 07, 2008 10:56 am UTC

Revolution 9, the freakiest sound collage ever.

I would also say that haunting minute-long vocal performance before the MGM logo at the beginning of 2001.

Persian prayer ululations

Elena Kats-Chernin - Eliza's Aria, from the Wild Swans Suite. Or the Lloyds TSB advert. You decide.

Every Day by Carly Comando. Which is very Philip Glass. I love this piece so hard.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Clumpy » Wed May 07, 2008 8:50 pm UTC

Does Revolution 9 count?

"Number nine, number nine, number nine. . ."

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Goatboy » Wed May 07, 2008 10:16 pm UTC

Yeah, there are plenty of words in "Revolution 9," though they aren't sung or recorded special for the song. If you count that, you could count most Fatboy Slim songs. Of course Moby's "Bodyrock" won a Grammy for Best Instrumental, so maybe it counts.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby aaron » Wed May 07, 2008 11:03 pm UTC

joe satriani, steve vai, etc

listen to friday night in san fransisco for some really sweet acoustic jazz

john mclaughlin, al dimeola and paco de lucia all play on it

um, i listen to a lot of video game soundtracks =/ they're good. especially nobuo uematsu's stuff.

oh and godspeed you! black emperor have some really good albums

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Midnight » Fri May 09, 2008 10:18 pm UTC

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Quertle » Sat May 10, 2008 1:10 am UTC

Adiemus by Karl Jenkins is superb as a vocal album, but using voice solely as an instrument.

As for pure instrumental pieces, I love Apocalyptica - a cross between classical and metal music. They are just brilliant, IMO.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby tylerwylie » Sat May 10, 2008 1:26 am UTC

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby The Hyphenator » Sat May 10, 2008 1:31 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:Revolution 9, the freakiest sound collage ever.

Thanks a fucking lot. I just listened to the whole damn thing, and now I won't sleep tonight. :)

For those that are interested, the Youtube link is here. :twisted:
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Aleril » Sat May 10, 2008 1:53 am UTC

Sigur Ros, unless you consider Hopelandic talking.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby EsotericWombat » Sat May 10, 2008 2:26 am UTC

Jessica and In Memory of Elizabeth Reed by the Allman Brothers

Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd (vocals here, but no words)

anything by Pelican

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White Summer by Led Zeppelin
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Dream » Sat May 10, 2008 6:34 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:I would also say that haunting minute-long vocal performance before the MGM logo at the beginning of 2001.


That's Ligeti. And even though I just saw the 70mm version last week, I can't remember if it's Lux Aeterna or Requiem that plays before the picture begins. One of the two, anyway.
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Postby no-genius » Sat May 10, 2008 1:29 pm UTC

aaron wrote:oh and godspeed you! black emperor have some really good albums

Also, Thee Silver Mt. Zion. (Though they don't really do much instrumentals these days, Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upwards has about 4, and some of the others are mainly instrumental. Plus, C'mon Comeon (Loose an Endless Longing), though not an intstrumental, is very awesome.)
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby LazyGuy216 » Sun May 11, 2008 9:33 pm UTC

I like to listen to a Scottish band called Mogwai, you've probably heard of them, but they do nice wordless (or heavily distorted lyrics) songs. Some of them really build up alot to a big finale and it's just amazing sometimes. An obvious example of this is their song 'Stop Comming to my House'.
I do get too distracted by them whilst doing homework and and stuff however, but that's just me, I'm easily distracted.

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Postby Belial » Mon May 12, 2008 7:37 pm UTC

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby shivasprogeny » Mon May 12, 2008 11:57 pm UTC

Do you mean classical music or modern music without words?

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Postby EsotericWombat » Tue May 13, 2008 2:16 am UTC

well clearly music of genres that usually have words.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Belial » Tue May 13, 2008 3:27 pm UTC

Oh, I forgot:

VNV Nation - "Structure"
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Postby ChocloManx » Tue May 13, 2008 8:57 pm UTC

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Nimz » Wed May 14, 2008 10:33 am UTC

The Hyphenator wrote:
Felstaff wrote:Revolution 9, the freakiest sound collage ever.

Thanks a fucking lot. I just listened to the whole damn thing, and now I won't sleep tonight. :)

For those that are interested, the Youtube link is here. :twisted:
Thanks. I've been meaning to take a listen to Revolution #9 for a while now. All I knew was that "Number nine" got repeated a bunch of times. I listened to it yesterday, and I could easily see hear the John Cage influence. He also recorded alot of strange noises and called the product music. You can decide for yourself if you think it is or isn't music.

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Robin S wrote:Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles is a classic. Also, I quite liked Dance of Eternity by Dream Theater.

Journey of the Sorcerer is one of the greatest songs no one knows they've heard. I enjoy sending it to people for their reaction.
"This it pretty.
Hey, this sounds kinda familiar...
Oh my god!!"
I remember reading that the song used on the HHG radio shows was an Eagles song, but I forgot that that's what the name was. Within a second of hearing the beginning I recognised where I had heard it. I don't think I've heard it anywhere else, though.

Some Who songs: "Underture" and "Sparks" from Tommy.
Some Led Zeppelin: "Bonzo's Montreux" from Coda (lots of percussion), "Moby Dick" from Led Zeppelin II (more percussion), and "Black Mountain Side" from Led Zeppelin I.
Some ELO: "Daybreaker" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from On the Third Day. The original version of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg is also good.

Some other instrumentals I can recall from memory (artists, not so much - I checked wikipedia for that)
"Classical Gas" by Mason Williams
"Orange Blossom Special" by Ervin Rouse and Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise. Though I'm not sure their version is the one I'm familiar with. I know Johnny Cash's version isn't.
"Green Onions" by Booker T. & the M.G.s

I can think of at least two other rock insturmentals by tune, but I can't think of their names right now.
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Re: Wordless songs

Postby The Hyphenator » Fri May 16, 2008 11:00 pm UTC

Nimz wrote:
The Hyphenator wrote:
Felstaff wrote:Revolution 9, the freakiest sound collage ever.

Thanks a fucking lot. I just listened to the whole damn thing, and now I won't sleep tonight. :)

For those that are interested, the Youtube link is here. :twisted:
Thanks. I've been meaning to take a listen to Revolution #9 for a while now. All I knew was that "Number nine" got repeated a bunch of times. I listened to it yesterday, and I could easily see hear the John Cage influence. He also recorded alot of strange noises and called the product music. You can decide for yourself if you think it is or isn't music.

I just listened to it again two days ago, and it's... actually not so bad. Quite relaxing, kind of like being in a room full of people talking, with weird music playing.

I think the reason I was freaked out before is that I was reading John Lennon conspiracy theories in the comments whilst* listening. I know those are obviously bullshit, but, just like Scientology, just reading about it is creepy.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri May 16, 2008 11:14 pm UTC

Is one word ok?

Clutch - Apache (at about the five minute mark, someone in the background yells INCOMING, and that's about it.)

Damon Albarn - Boyd's Journey
Damon Albarn - 'Run!'

Monster Magnet - The Theme From "Masterburner"

Ashley MacIsaac - The Devil In The Kitchen (This is an ABSOLUTE MUST to hear)

NIN - Ghosts 34

Big Sugar - Leadbelly

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby existential_elevator » Thu May 22, 2008 3:45 pm UTC

Pierre Bensusan in general is great. Though this may depend on your taste for folk.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu May 22, 2008 5:39 pm UTC

ChocloManx wrote:Yodelling ftw


I remember when I first heard that song on my old XM Radio. My thought process was:

1. "What the hell?"
2. "Huh. Sounds weird."
3. "Actually not that bad."
4. "HELLS YEAH! THIS ROCKS!"

I deliberately did a search for it on the interwebz when I got my mp3 player. I had to have it. And now I do.

I also nominate "Jessica" by Allman Brothers Band. "Hot 'Lanta" is good too.

How come no one's mentioned Sirius yet?

There was also some movie in the 80s starring Eddie Murphy that featured this hit. Then some damn animated frog had to ruin the hell out of it.

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Re: Wordless songs

Postby tylerwylie » Thu May 22, 2008 5:41 pm UTC

Like to nominate YYZ as well.
Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why?
Some are born; some men die
Beneath one infinite sky.
There'll be war, there'll be peace.
But everything one day will cease.
All the iron turned to rust;
All the proud men turned to dust.


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