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4 Ways To Improve The Stale Music Industry

To start, let me say that I'm no music professional; I just love listening to it. I haven't even heard of many of the most well known groups and yet I literally have over 9000 songs on my computer ranging from Mozart to Japanese and Korean rock/pop to Christian rock to game/movie/anime soundtracks to a few more popular artists (actually Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse are about it). I wish I knew more about the development of music and music theory, but what I'll be talking about here is more of a mind dump from what I've observed and what I think would easily revamp music in awesome newish ways.

It's not that music sucks nowadays as many people say. If you can't find music you like, you're just not looking in the right place. However, much of the new music has gotten stale lately... Like I said, I don't know much about the finer points of music, drum beats, and chords... What I'd suggest are some simple things:

1. More instruments besides guitar.
Seriously, guitar is sooo overused. I don't understand what everyone's obsession is with guitar. It's fine but... there are so many other instruments. There is a severe lack of other stringed instruments (I'd love to see more violin and cello) and wind instruments (flute, even trumpet and sax). Mix the genres a bit and get some of that blues/jazz sound in with rock. Piano could use more representation too, though I have heard it from time to time. Even strange foreign instruments could be cool. And these other instruments would include using electronic sounds (No, auto-tune doesn't count, stop that). I know it's hard to pull off, but ideally a band would have a full orchestra backing it up.

2. Focus on melody
Yeah... I like having a nice flowing melody.

3.
Use voice as an instrument
The voice is an instrument and I'd like to see it used as such. For me, it hardly matters what is being said as long as it sounds good. Use words, even a foreign language perhaps, to make the vocal track work with the other instruments for something unique. Take one from Enya or Imogen Heap and apply it to other genres. It would also be more interesting to have more than one vocalist per band. They should harmonize, switch between each other, and even switch between male and female vocals. It would be awesome. Remember The Beatles harmonizing? It was pretty cool.

4.
Break from the traditional pattern
Every single song it seems goes in the same predictable order of Intro - Verse - Chorus - Bridge, or whatever, sometimes with an instrumental solo put in. What's up with that? Can't we mix it up a bit, throwing out this structure altogether? What would happen if it was just long flowing piece? That'd be new and interesting.

There. Those are my ideas I've had floating around in my head forever. Now I've written them out so you can all steal them and get inspired and hit it big. If I had another life to live, I'd get into the music industry, but I'm busy with other things so I'll have to leave it up to the rest of the world to make good music.
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  • anke 2010/05/04 03:04:37
    anke
    +3
    more stuff, closer to what you were talking about.




    great piano/keyboards


    awesome flute opening




    some chinese music (really old, my parents even used to sing it)


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  • Linkums hatshep... 2010/05/04 14:16:25
    Linkums
    +1
    Actually I have some game music and some Japanese music that has a similar sound to this, but not exactly. I like it. :D Thanks!
  • hatshep... Linkums 2010/05/04 14:44:26
    hatshepsut123
    +1
    yay glad you like it. and you are welcome!
  • maddie hatshep... 2010/05/04 19:38:26
    maddie
    whoa is that like greek?? cooL!!
  • hatshep... maddie 2010/05/04 21:50:30
    hatshepsut123
    it is not Greek, it is Macedonian.
  • maddie hatshep... 2010/05/05 01:25:36
    maddie
    oh ok sorry
  • hatshep... maddie 2010/05/05 10:26:50
    hatshepsut123
    Greeks are our neighbours, but we are different nations. don't worry, other people also think that Mecadonia is part of Greece.
  • Pirate Rebel 2010/05/04 07:30:33
    Pirate Rebel
    +1
    Epic win.
  • anke 2010/05/04 03:04:37
    anke
    +3
    more stuff, closer to what you were talking about.




    great piano/keyboards


    awesome flute opening




    some chinese music (really old, my parents even used to sing it)


  • Linkums anke 2010/05/04 14:25:52
    Linkums
    I liking this. Especially Apocalyptica which I had heard of but never really listened to.
  • anke Linkums 2010/05/04 20:42:57
    anke
    I LOVE Apocalyptica. I also play cello, so I love trying to do covers of their songs. Some turn out really good, others suck big time.
  • Caity anke 2010/05/05 03:26:21
    Caity
    I love Apocalyptica, and I like Sonata Arctica but I haven't listened to them very much.
  • anke Caity 2010/05/06 21:01:00
    anke
    +1
    really? Apocalyptica is good if you don't need lyrics in a song, and Sonata Arctica is like this really awesome mix between classical music and heavy metal :)
  • Zero Harte~King of Nothing~ 2010/05/04 02:42:12
    Zero Harte~King of Nothing~
    +1
    Very true, very true.
  • PanicSwitch 2010/05/04 01:54:35 (edited)
    PanicSwitch
    +1
    Very nice. Couldn't have said it better myself. :)

    I am very diverse in my music. One minute I'm listen to some underground indie band the next I'm listening to a band in a foreign language and then I listen to Andrew Bird (a violinist & he whistles!)

    Not sure what to say...Hmmm, give Andrew Bird a try. He does use guitar, but rarely, and it's not the generic guitar riffs that you hear just about everywhere. He uses the violin and plucks it, and makes it sound like different instruments. He doesn't perform all "slow" songs, but he also creates fast ones too. If the violin part doesn't grab your attention...he whistles, like a BIRD. I saw him live twice, he's simply amazing. ♥


    Very nice. Couldn't have said it better myself. :)

    I am very diverse in my music. One minute I'm listen to some underground indie band the next I'm listening to a band in a foreign language and then I listen to Andrew Bird (a violinist & he whistles!)

    Not sure what to say...Hmmm, give Andrew Bird a try. He does use guitar, but rarely, and it's not the generic guitar riffs that you hear just about everywhere. He uses the violin and plucks it, and makes it sound like different instruments. He doesn't perform all "slow" songs, but he also creates fast ones too. If the violin part doesn't grab your attention...he whistles, like a BIRD. I saw him live twice, he's simply amazing. ♥


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  • Linkums PanicSw... 2010/05/04 14:31:02
    Linkums
    +1
    Awesome! I've never seen someone seriously use whistling in their music so well.
    awesome ive whistling music
  • The Big Taboo [AKA Phuck No... 2010/05/04 01:40:55
    The Big Taboo [AKA Phuck Norris]
    +1
    Brilliant!
  • Stevie Van Hendrix 2010/05/04 00:51:29
    Stevie Van Hendrix
    +3
    Interested in The Doors? instead of using a bass guitar Ray Manzarek uses his keyboard to play the bass notes and they use the organ as a key part of their music with jazz/blues roots and scales. Jim Morrison uses his voice like an instrument, improvising lyrics, deathly hallow yells, his baritone voice sounds like a sax a few live videos.and about your guitar theory, its just not used ri
    ght anymore. IT used to be used as a voice, as an extension of your mind but now its the criminal injustice of hollywood. To me this is what a love song sounds like.
  • lintlicker 2010/05/04 00:30:56
    lintlicker
    +1
    OVER 9000!!!!

    oh well, yes I agree with your 4 points. but i think we're going to have to hire hitmen to get rid of certain acts like Ke$ha and 3OH!3

    there's a band that could help the industry if they got more famous, I think you might like them
  • Linkums lintlicker 2010/05/04 14:34:53
    Linkums
    +1
    Very cool!
  • Nikki lintlicker 2010/05/05 07:44:31
    Nikki
    +1
    Fair to Midland needs to be more famous, I agree.

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