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Favorite Musical Instrument.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by theskald, Dec 17, 2008.

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What's your favorite instrument by timbre?

  1. Guitar (Acoustic)

    22.6%
  2. Guitar (Electric)

    33.3%
  3. Electric Bass

    20.2%
  4. Stand-up Bass

    13.1%
  5. Cello

    16.7%
  6. Viola

    9.5%
  7. Violin

    22.6%
  8. Fiddle

    8.3%
  9. Other String Instrument

    10.7%
  10. Trumpet

    10.7%
  11. Trombone

    10.7%
  12. French Horn

    15.5%
  13. Tuba

    9.5%
  14. Other Brass Instrument

    11.9%
  15. Saxaphone

    13.1%
  16. Clarinet

    10.7%
  17. Oboe

    8.3%
  18. Bassoon/Fagott

    7.1%
  19. Contra-Bassoon

    7.1%
  20. Other Woodwind Instrument

    7.1%
  21. Piano

    35.7%
  22. Synth

    19.0%
  23. Drum Kit

    16.7%
  24. Other Percussion

    6.0%
  25. None of these, jerk!

    15.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Brighteye

    Brighteye intuitively Bayesian

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    Personally I love a soft fiddle and someone playing a fa gotte with a powerful organ. I don't mind thrusting a bit of horn in there either.
     
  2. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    Just FYI, that's IMHO the textbook definition of heterophony. :D More instruments playing a melody that starts out as unison and slowly degenerates into music with certain differences played at the same time.

    I have no idea... I wonder how many sounds you can get with just one instrument like that (I mean by changing the only embouchure, not with more than one instrument of different size).
     
  3. Squarg

    Squarg Awesomesauce

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    Really?

    But seriously guitars are kick ass.
     
  4. Brighteye

    Brighteye intuitively Bayesian

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    More seriously, French horn, electric guitars (and bass), church organs and gongs. I like rich sounds. Nothing quite compares to a big band sound with multiple counterpoints and accompanying lines.
     
  5. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Yeah, but what I'm describing isn't what Debussy found alluring. :lol:

    Got a rough mp3, just gotta host and I'll get a link.

    Glenn turn your volume down. First ~2 minutes are thrash, turning into something somewhat pretty, turning into something no wave turning into something just gross. If you like it, there's something wrong with you.
     
  6. philippe

    philippe FYI, I chase trains.

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  7. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    Them's some mighty big pictures, philippe. But yeah, organs make some interesting music.

    Most of it reminded me thoroughly of the music of Mother 2/3, and yes I liked it. I thought the motifs were so different at times that it sounded like three seperate songs, but I liked it.
     
  8. Harbringer

    Harbringer Your A One Flower Garden

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    Ok TheSkald

    I'll bite, any instrument that can bite in a catchy way. This includes electric guitars, pianos and violins. I know I'm missing something. Oh well, hears an example of what I mean by "bite"

    Piano:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSK1bOIh15o

    Its called those who fight, just that opening line is amazing. Its so powerful yet retains sophistication, it has power without becoming caveman.

    Guitar:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPQR-OsH0RQ

    The quiet to loud dynamic is exercised "properly" in the main riff of the song. The riff itself starts off savagly, while still somewhat melodic. Almost sad perhaps, but as soon as the distortion kicks in and the drums help introduce that very powerful dichotomy, its pure guitar magic. It is literally, "angst in a sound".

    Guitar again:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmc27GQrRUk
    Skip to 1:22

    While I have always liked the songs main riff, I always thought the initial swell at the beginning had more emotion and power to it. The reason I used a more modern version is because I believe the heavier distortion expresses the sound more clearly.

    Violin:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoD78foaZ4o&feature=related

    Ive always thought it sounded much better on violin personally:lol:

    and now I feel like a homo music critic:(
     
  9. Loki130

    Loki130 I remember when...

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    well i play the flute, and i just like the way it flows...
    but somehow you forgot it
    ???????????
     
  10. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    That's what I'm talking about! I knew you'd come around. :)

    Oh man, Nobuo Uematsu. :love: Guess who made me fall in love with the contra-bassoon. It strikes me that there are still so many who see the fact that he composes music for video games as some sort of stigma and miss the fact that he really is one of the geniuses of modern music.

    Right on, I love that song and I'm sick of people ripping on it just because it was so popular. It's really solid, and an excellent example of Kurt at his best. I recall a story from Grohl, I think, about Kurt coming in one day some time before they recorded Nevermind saying the band wasn't using enough silence, and I think the dichotomy you're speaking of is a reflection of that. It was an excellent result from excellent musicians, strip away all the bullsh** and that's what you get.

    This may be where we part ways, I've always found that song too repetitive, and while that's not a bad thing in itself, the repetition doesn't work here. I think it would be better if the vocals weren't in lock-step with the main riff.

    That is just remarkable...

    Ah, c'mon, it's a fun exercise in effectively communicating one's thoughts. What better way to practice the manipulation of language than by trying to explain why you like or dislike a piece of music? :lol:

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  11. Agent327

    Agent327 Observer

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    The pianoforte.:D
     
  12. Harbringer

    Harbringer Your A One Flower Garden

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    Whoa whoa whoa, I never said I liked "Iron Man", I borderline hate it, I just love that guitar swell at the beginning. Its best if you are the one who is actually doing it, it has a lot of power to it.
     
  13. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    I voted for Trombone and "other brass," because I play the Euphonium, and it's simply the greatest instrument ever made. Even its name, "beautiful sound," is awesome.



    Sweet, I didn't know this? I've been playing Euphonium for years, and I had to learn to play Tenor Trombone in high school, too, because we didn't have any trombones.

    You've clearly never played a tuba or a sousaphone. Sousas produce some of the most horrible sounds I've ever heard. I've made more aesthetic sounds after eating Hormel Chili, Hot with Beans.

    YES! Euphonium players unite!

    I had sideburns like that in high school. They're called "mutton chops."
     
  14. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    Same here. Love the rich sounds.

    That's a post full of win. :hatsoff:









    Quite possibly the most epic instrument ever built by man.
     
  15. Japanrocks12

    Japanrocks12 tired of being a man

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    The piano just creates the best-sounding music ever.
     
  16. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    Holy crap, that one's glorious enough to make God jealous!
     
  17. Grisu

    Grisu Draghetto Retired Moderator

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    I used to play the Euphonium as a kid/youth :love: (well, actually up until I was around 24yo). It's an awesome instrument...

    Though I wish I had also learned to play the guitar.
     
  18. King of Town

    King of Town Adventuring

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    Piano here, I lve listening to old jazz and hearing that piano. I want to play that. For a while I was obsessed with learning stand up bass to.
     
  19. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    I think we can classify the Organ as a wind instrument, since that is the method of making the sound is by the use of wind, even though you use a key to open the pipes, but it is best to classify it as a wind instrument for the sake of the argument, even though someone does have some explaining to do, why included the fiddle and contra bassoon in its place [pissed]. That is what is so good about being a keyboard player, since you can say you know how to play percussion, winde and a string instrument. Talk about a versatile musician. ;) The percussion is the piano, since the method of getting the sound is to hit the string and the stringed instrument is any pre piano keyboard, such as the harpsichord, which is basically a harp that you pluck via a keyboard.
     
  20. Bigfoot3814

    Bigfoot3814 Deity

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    Well hey, alright!
    I said sousaphone because CCRunner said he enjoyed the fact that the tuba was so large, but I do admit I've never played either instrument.
    Sideburners unite!
     

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