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#1 Quintus

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:24 PM

We all like the sound of a well performed strings section or fanfare of triumphant brass and some love nothing more than the glorious vibrations of an electric guitar to a drummers beat, but what distinctive musical sound gets up your nose? What 'instrument' can you not stand to hear?



The first 15 seconds of that song features an awful but thankfully rarely used synth sample which I detest no matter how good a song or piece of music might be inspite of it. The crap Doogie Howser theme had a similar version of it here. Its a sound which screams cheese and tackiness and I hate it.

What about you?

And before one of the hilarious cleverboys gets their 'choice' in, I'll beat 'em to it:

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:28 PM

Hey that's a good theme!
"Close Encounters to me is as good a piece of concert music as the 20th century has produced. Everybody fixates on... the Superman fanfare, or Star Wars - Main Theme, or the Raiders March. It's what happens after that, it's not the big popular hook where you go: 'My God John Williams is a genius.' Y'know it's the stuff which is maybe less hooky and less hummable, but is great art." - Hans Zimmer

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:29 PM

I know it is :)

As tv themes go, its excellent.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:33 PM

Overly amplified piano playing soft, plaintive music. Turn that damn volume down!

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:34 PM

Poorly intonated strings are the worst. Ugh....
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:38 PM

Modern movie trailer action music. In general.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:39 PM

Modern movie trailer action music. In general.


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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:39 PM

Overly amplified piano playing soft, plaintive music. Turn that damn volume down!

Poorly intonated strings are the worst. Ugh....

YouTube examples would be good!

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:40 PM

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:45 PM

Axl Rose

Each to his own and all that, but I was only thinking the other day (whilst listening to Sweet Child O'Mine) about his amazingly unique voice and how much it compliments the Guns N' Roses sound. I love that band though.

But yeah, you illustrate perfectly my meaning with this thread.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:46 PM

I can't stand metal.
"Close Encounters to me is as good a piece of concert music as the 20th century has produced. Everybody fixates on... the Superman fanfare, or Star Wars - Main Theme, or the Raiders March. It's what happens after that, it's not the big popular hook where you go: 'My God John Williams is a genius.' Y'know it's the stuff which is maybe less hooky and less hummable, but is great art." - Hans Zimmer

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:49 PM

I'm not much of a fan either (I don't mind the odd Metallica track), but G N' R are more rock than metal. Soft metal perhaps.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:51 PM

Poorly intonated strings are the worst. Ugh....

I'm sure you meant to say "poorly intonated horns are the worst", everybody knows it's God's honest truth. :P :D


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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:51 PM

I didn't mean GNR is metal, I was just saying that's what I can't stand. I only like Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, and Paradise City. Not a big fan of the band.
"Close Encounters to me is as good a piece of concert music as the 20th century has produced. Everybody fixates on... the Superman fanfare, or Star Wars - Main Theme, or the Raiders March. It's what happens after that, it's not the big popular hook where you go: 'My God John Williams is a genius.' Y'know it's the stuff which is maybe less hooky and less hummable, but is great art." - Hans Zimmer

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:51 PM

Bad Synths and Bagpipes (though there are a couple of notable exceptions).
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:55 PM

You want YouTube.com examples? Alright then.



Please note that it is usually the younger musicians who have this problem, which they cannot really be blamed for because they were never really taught how to improve it.

Of course, YouTube.com has a lot of videos of people teaching this delicate art, like this one starring a Jeff Goldblum impersonator.


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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:57 PM

I didn't mean GNR is metal, I was just saying that's what I can't stand.

Ah ok. You wasn't specific though, hence my presumption. As for GNR, have you heard Patience? It is a superb song with a nice, quieter melody and a great musical structure. Have a listen if you're ever inclined.

You want YouTube.com examples? Alright then.



Please note that it is usually the younger musicians who have this problem, which they cannot really be blamed for because they were never really taught how to improve it.

Well, I agree with you of course, but linking very young kids playing the best they can isn't really the most suitable example either and more than a little unfair, regardless of the fact that it obviously not their fault.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:59 PM


Poorly intonated strings are the worst. Ugh....

I'm sure you meant to say "poorly intonated horns are the worst", everybody knows it's God's honest truth. :P :D


Like this?
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:04 PM



Poorly intonated strings are the worst. Ugh....

I'm sure you meant to say "poorly intonated horns are the worst", everybody knows it's God's honest truth. :P :D


Like this?

Jesus H. Christ, yes. :D I know this sounds evil, but I'm not sure whether I should die of laughter or of horror ... :P :D


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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:29 PM




Poorly intonated strings are the worst. Ugh....

I'm sure you meant to say "poorly intonated horns are the worst", everybody knows it's God's honest truth. :P :D


Like this?

Jesus H. Christ, yes. :D I know this sounds evil, but I'm not sure whether I should die of laughter or of horror ... :P :D



Unlikely that there's horns in an elementary ensemble. But yeah...when us horn players are out of tune and playing as a section, it's terrifying!

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:32 PM

Sounds fine to me.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:35 PM

Electric cello, James Horner 90's synths, duduk.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:37 PM

I've gotten rather irritated with RCP's stereotypical useage of that blend of electronic and ethnic percussion that they use, but one of the crowning jewels is that sort of clicky thing that was put to obnoxiously gratuitous use in 3:02-5:33 of "The Battle" in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:38 PM

Yes, that too.

And choirs with drum loops. It's cheesy as hell in most cases.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:45 PM

I can't stand bad 80's horn synths. It just makes me cry out for the real thing.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:53 PM

Blast beats.

Fortunately it's not featured too prominently in film scores. In other types of music . . .



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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:55 PM

The dry, emotionless Brass-sound samples Zimmer and his boys love so much...

also the fake choir from Angels and Demons.. it sounds so bad
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:55 PM

Well, I agree with you of course, but linking very young kids playing the best they can isn't really the most suitable example either and more than a little unfair, regardless of the fact that it obviously not their fault.


You are absolutely right, of course, but intonation tends to be less of a problem with more experienced and older groups, and I thought it would be much faster were I to search for a younger ensemble, where bad intonation is a commonality.
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:57 PM

Todays film makers fine emotional brass music to be vulgar.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:58 PM

One of the crowning jewels is that sort of clicky thing that was put to obnoxiously gratuitous use in 3:02-5:33 of "The Battle" in [i]The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."


It sounds like something I would hear while playing an NES game.
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 10:35 PM

Singers with nervous, overactive vibrato. Almost any popular music that sounds angry. Whatever type of woodwind instrument Horner has used in scores such as Braveheart...again, overactive vibrato. Anything involving the brass and/or percussion sections of the Prague Philharmonic. Saxophones being overused in bands and wind ensembles with little regard for their unique and rather prominent timbre. Re-recordings that opt for completely different and painfully inferior tempi, even if they're being conducted by the composer (e.g. just about any performance of "Theme from Jurassic Park").

The Zimmer cliches can be very effective or very annoying, depending on my mood, which score it is, and how much I've heard them in recent times.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 10:39 PM

Overused generic chorus, like in Superman Returns.
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 10:48 PM

Overused generic chorus, like in Superman Returns.

Awful, awful, awful!

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 10:54 PM

Xylophone hits!
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:06 PM

also the fake choir from Angels and Demons.. it sounds so bad

I may be wrong but I'm think it's real. Need to check the CD again.
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:13 PM

Singers with nervous, overactive vibrato.


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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:47 PM

Singers with nervous, overactive vibrato.

I'd say that goes for any instrument (especially flutes).
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Posted 07 August 2009 - 12:17 AM

Yes, definitely.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 12:20 AM

I've never heard woodwinds with a vibrato that sounds like a glissando tremolo though. I have heard singers who sounded like that.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 12:20 AM

I don't know if I'm saying the correct instrument, but it's a clavichord? Well, the electric version, which appeared in many funky 1970s songs.

Oh, okay, here's an example you might be able to bring up in your mind... it's the keyboard instrument that's very prevalent during Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious." I absolutely cannot stand that sound.




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