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Old 08-12-2005, 06:55 AM   #1
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'this is some horrendous piece of music...'

i am preparing a new radio show for the fall season, and i was kind of tossing some ideas around with a friend and we came to a point where we had to agree to disagree. the question is, what is good music? how can we know that we are listening to objectively good, quality music? is it simply about taste, or can we decide what is good and what is bad when it comes to art? so, in a nutshell, why dont you give me 3 reasons why you consider your music taste to be good. and then ill pick the ones i like
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This frustrates me sometimes.

I talk with people, and they argue that music is subjective (as they listen to their Shania Twain and Celine Dion) and that there is no line to good vs. bad music.

I disagree, I feel there is a difference to good and bad music, and people can just have bad taste, but what determines it? All I know is that for example, C. Dion IS in fact Terrible, and that U2 or Radiohead is in fact good (at least a lot of it).

How do you tell the difference?
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A tough question.

I would defnitely class Celine Dion, McFly (an annoying boy band who claim they aren't cos they play their own instruments and write their own songs, even though they are rubbish songs) as bad music no matter what anyone says. I find the kind of people that are into that kind of bad music are not really into music at all but like a few songs they've heard on the radio. I think the more music you listen to the greater appreciation you have of what is bad and what is good. You start to listen to lyrics more and begin to realise when a band has put efoort and thought into a song rather than some annoying hook about meeting a girl in the supermarket or something. I also think playing an instrument like the guitar makes you appreciate good music cos you realise how easy some songs are to come up with.

That saif if a bad group have a good song I would admit that I liked it and not just hate it because who is singing it.
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I think our preferences are down to personal taste mostly, but I think even if your taste tells you that you prefer say Scissor Sisters to U2, theres no denying that U2 are the better band on the basis of ability, originality, songwriting, performing live etc. I think the quality of music is objective but a person's own judgement can easily overlook this. I think the only way to improve your judgement of what is good and what is crap is by listening to loads and loads of different types of music. In my experience, most people who like rubbish pop music or whatever haven't ever took the time to listen to real music and thats why they don't realise that what they're listening to is shit. What frustrates me is how people dismiss music as crap when they haven't given it a real listen. It's all about experience..

I don't think this answers your question at all lol
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Re: 'this is some horrendous piece of music...'

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Originally posted by all_i_want
the question is, what is good music? how can we know that we are listening to objectively good, quality music?
:zombievoice: Good music is whatever the radio plays. Record companies only produce good quality music. :endzombievoice:



And to address the matter at hand, I don't believe it's a question of good music v/s bad music so much as what has mass appeal v/s limited appeal.
Lots of people like a band/song? Music = "good".
Few people like a band/song? Music = "bad".

The real answer, however, is whatever I like is good music. The rest is shite!!
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You've probably seen me type up my lame little pet peeve on here a million times, so I'm going to keep it short....

Music and any "art" comes down to personal preference. We all know and can agree "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", well it's also in the ear of the listener. It's all relative, what's crap to me can be fantastic to you. It would be ridiculous for me or anyone to tell you that "you just have bad taste", because you could say the same thing back to me and have just as much right to.

That being said, it's ok to have reasons for why you dont like things (as long as those reasons actually make sense).
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I think our preferences are down to personal taste mostly, but I think even if your taste tells you that you prefer say Scissor Sisters to U2, theres no denying that U2 are the better band on the basis of ability, originality, songwriting, performing live etc. I think the quality of music is objective but a person's own judgement can easily overlook this. I think the only way to improve your judgement of what is good and what is crap is by listening to loads and loads of different types of music. In my experience, most people who like rubbish pop music or whatever haven't ever took the time to listen to real music and thats why they don't realise that what they're listening to is shit. What frustrates me is how people dismiss music as crap when they haven't given it a real listen. It's all about experience..

I don't think this answers your question at all lol

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Re: Re: 'this is some horrendous piece of music...'

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And to address the matter at hand, I don't believe it's a question of good music v/s bad music so much as what has mass appeal v/s limited appeal.
Lots of people like a band/song? Music = "good".
Few people like a band/song? Music = "bad".

I reread this and I'm not really sure what you meant here, maybe you werent serious. So if something is popular, that means it's good? I'm really not following this reasoning. Most any band has to start somewhere, and many of these bands make fantastic music but have just not gotten the amount of press and exposure to push them into mainstream acceptance. Does this mean that all of these groups are "bad"? Hardly anyone likes classical music and jazz any more, does this mean it's bad? A good number of my friends will come over and look at my CD collection and tell me things like, "I've only heard of about 10 of the groups you have cds of", does this mean the other 650+ cds I have are bad?

Maybe I'm misinterpretting this, further explanation would be appreciated.
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Celine Dion isn't terrible because she has no talent. She can hold notes forever and has great range, she's terrible because her music has the appeal of a hospital waiting room.

I'm sure she's as popular as she is for her technical ability, just like some people only like guitarists who shread, drummers that pound and a bass that throbs. If I like a song for it's chops, it's usually incidental to the fact that it takes me somewhere I want to go. Lyrically, it needs to have that ellusive personal yet universal appeal as if everyone who hears it can relate as if it was written just for them.
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I reread this and I'm not really sure what you meant here, maybe you werent serious. So if something is popular, that means it's good? I'm really not following this reasoning. Most any band has to start somewhere, and many of these bands make fantastic music but have just not gotten the amount of press and exposure to push them into mainstream acceptance. Does this mean that all of these groups are "bad"? Hardly anyone likes classical music and jazz any more, does this mean it's bad? A good number of my friends will come over and look at my CD collection and tell me things like, "I've only heard of about 10 of the groups you have cds of", does this mean the other 650+ cds I have are bad?

Maybe I'm misinterpretting this, further explanation would be appreciated.
I'm talking about what the general perception is... i.e., Ashlee Simpson. Do I think she has a shred of talent? HELL NO!! But she is (or was) terribly popular amongst the teeny-bopper crowd, so the general perception is that her "music" is good. In other words, lots of sales for a record gives the impression that it's good to the casual observer.

I certainly don't subscribe to this theory. Some of the best music I've ever heard probably wouldn't sell 1000 copies, but that doesn't mean it wasn't amazing.

Does that make anymore sense?? Sometimes my little tangents only sound good in my head.
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I'm talking about what the general perception is... i.e., Ashlee Simpson. Do I think she has a shred of talent? HELL NO!! But she is (or was) terribly popular amongst the teeny-bopper crowd, so the general perception is that her "music" is good. In other words, lots of sales for a record gives the impression that it's good to the casual observer.

I certainly don't subscribe to this theory. Some of the best music I've ever heard probably wouldn't sell 1000 copies, but that doesn't mean it wasn't amazing.

Does that make anymore sense?? Sometimes my little tangents only sound good in my head.
Ahhhhhh, got it. That makes more sense! I completely agree.

I knew you were making fun of the idea that radio stations only play "what is good", but then I actually thought you really were arguing the popularity thing. That's why I asked, I figured I might just be mistaken! Glad I asked!
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I sum it up like this:

Bad Music:
a)Music striving for profit. The music no longer has become about art but rather is about packaging and marketing.
b) Music has poor melodies configured. ie(determined by chord structuring)


Good Music:
a)Music that has an underlying purpose that is greater than money.
b)There is a connection between the song and the artist.
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I sum it up like this:

Bad Music:
a)Music striving for profit. The music no longer has become about art but rather is about packaging and marketing.
b) Music has poor melodies configured. ie(determined by chord structuring)


Good Music:
a)Music that has an underlying purpose that is greater than money.
b)There is a connection between the song and the artist.
I think this answers the question perfectly.. if only I could think that clearly
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Celine Dion isn't terrible because she has no talent. She can hold notes forever and has great range, she's terrible because her music has the appeal of a hospital waiting room.
I think the problem with Celine Dion is that she bets too much in romantic-love-deep-tragedy-soul-songs, however her last 2 english albums (A New Day Has Come & One Heart) had an improvement in the sound (more up-tempo and dance songs, less ballads) and the lyrics are not so "I'm in love" as in the past. I kinda liked them.
Another point is her french albums... that are... frankly good (in comparison with her english ones)! Since the early 90's she had released 4 french album all them are very good. The producers are very recognized in french music, lyrics are very good (for people who understands french, knows what I'm saying...)
Singers like Celine needs to free themselves of many things. In Celine's case, she needs to let go the "Power Of Love/Titanic" image, start to make its own lirics, more original music... and adopt a different image... Celine does not look 37, she looks 45!
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