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Your Questions About How To Discover New Music

Maria asks…

Fellow metalheads, at what age did you start to listen to metal music?

And what made you interested in that kind music?

To be honest I discovered heavier musics like metal and classic rock after listening to Black Veil Brides.. .____________________. The weird thing is that they’re aren’t even metal…..

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I started listening to metal at 14-15.

It made me feel better when things were not going well… Overall, it’s just a powerful genre of music that expresses the most extreme emotions. It was an outlet, and I found it to actually be relaxing. Metal was and is something I can relate to.

I discovered all genre’s of metal through bands like Papa Roach, August Burns Red, RED, and Trapt.

It’s interesting how those bands (who some would say are not even metal) led me to many many other great bands…everything from the oldies/classics to the most extreme modern metal bands.

Thomas asks…

Is there a website that has chatrooms where people take turns playing music?

Had the idea of chat rooms of different musical genres where people can upload their music and play it in a chat room and others can hear it and discover new music. Anyone know if that exists, or something similar? Thanks -Zacki

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Ummm…Not exactly but there’s this 3D Chat thing Called IMVU. You earn creds and then buy the songs then while your chatting with your friends you can play it. It’s pretty cool really. You should check it out.

Donald asks…

What are some of your favorite classical pieces?

Sorry for such a vague question, but not until recently have I really been discovering classical music, and I would just like to know what are some of the most beautiful classical pieces you’ve heard. I’d appreciate it if you recommended me something slow, along the lines of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (1st Movement) or Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.

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Oh, where to begin? Time to raid my iTunes. I will start out easy and work my down to the weirder things.

Here is Poulenc’s Improvisation 15. Breaks my heart.
You will also like Erik Satie’s Trois Morceaux en forme de poire and Scriabin’s Piano Sonata 2 Movement 1. Very delicate piano pieces. Not so hard to love.

Have some Debussy. I worked on his Petite Suite with a good friend of mine. Here is the third movement.
The rest of the suite is very cute. Easy to listen to. If you like this, try his popular works (Clair de Lune, Arabesque 1, Reverie) and some of his not-so-popular works (Prelude 5 Book 1, Jardins sous la Pluie, Cello Sonata).

Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals. There is an entire, well, carnival, but I’ll leave you with one of the more popular ones, Aquarium. It’s slightly creepy, but very beautiful. This particular recording includes the glass harmonica that usually gets left out because of its rarity. You can hear it – it’s the sort of ringing sound that plays the melody with the piano and the strings.
If you like this, look for his “Organ” Symphony 3 and his op. 70 Allegro Appasssionato. He is very showy. Some people say he is shallow, but I beg to differ.

Sharply contrasting with him would be Brahms. Try the first movement of his fourth symphony. The melody is easy to fall in love with.
If you like this, I recommend the rest of the symphony as well as his other three symphonies. Have a look at his piano trios, too.

This is beautiful – Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. I’ll give you the second movement (my favorite).
If you like this, try Brahms’ String Sextets and Mendelssohn’s String Octet. If you’d like to delve even further, explore their quartets and quintets. There is not a single bad piece in any of these composers’ oeuvres. Also, you might like Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a relatively popular piece.

Try some Prokofiev. His second piano concerto is stunning. Maybe you’ll like the Russians.
If this is to your liking, look for the rest of the movements of the concerto, as well as his other piano concertos. I also recommend his Visions Fugitives, Scherzo op. 12 no. 10, his string quartets, and perhaps Kapustin’s op. 66 Impromptu. I would be really impressed if you liked this style of music immediately. It took me a while to acclimate myself to it.

I’m going to venture a step in the dark and hope to tempt you into loving minimalism. Here is John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, On the Dominant Divide. Our school is working on this next semester (got a piano part! So excited eeee!). It becomes more interesting as you move along, so try to listen to the whole piece.
If you like this (I reallyreallyreally hope you do), look for his Tromba Lontana, Phrygian Gates, and Shaker Loops. You might also want to try David Lang and Steve Reich.

Have fun!

James asks…

What are some music websites to discover new music?

Im tired of listening to the same 2 hours of music xP i want to find some new pop, rock, rap, and r & b music and I only go on Youtube, grooveshark, soundcloud, and reverbnation. What are some others?

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There are actually also plenty of internet streaming radios to choose from. Of course they don’t actually let you choose to play any music song you want but they do offer you the chance to discover lots of new music tracks, artists and so on that otherwise you probably would not be able to find out about.

I find them pretty useful, always like to browse through web streaming radios when I got nothing to do and I am bored with the rest of the usual music. Plus there’s also some neat Audials Tunebite program I got on my pc that lets me save streaming music from webradios and other streaming sources if I really want something for offline listening.

Of course, also works to record music from Grooveshark, Spotify and other such services if anyone needs to be doing that.

Kinda comes in handy all the time.

George asks…

What are some good websites for discovering great music?

Once I was reading a magazine that was reviewing what seemed like the ultimate music website. This website had information on nearly every band imaginable, and would list the bands that had influenced them as well as the groups they would later influence. It would also list bands that had a similar sound, and had everything linked together.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember what the name of that site was, and I can’t seem to find it. Does anyone know of a website like this, or any good websites or blogs to help one discover new music and bands they may have never really tried?
Thanks folks, these are all good suggestions so far.

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Http://www.allmusic.com – Good one with all bands and lots of info on them.
Http://www.pandora.com – You put in artists you like and They give you artists similar to those to listen to and you rate them. Really cool site

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