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What music (if any) are you listening to... in General
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Music isn't meant to be architecture, it's meant to be art. You wouldn't want to support your house with Munch's Scream, just as you wouldn't want to spend time staring at a steel beam.

Think of watching a horror movie and at the big tense moment, when the murderer brandishing a length of barbed-wire for a garrotte is moments from lunging at the unsuspecting victim, the bozo next to you remembers a funny joke and starts laughing and snorting. If you're into the movie at all, you'd be pretty pissed off. It's the same with classical - you (or rather "I," since I'm just speaking for myself in this case) become so immersed in the music that a petty discraction really ticks you off.

And it also depends on how much you're into the music - when I've got Bach preludes playing in the background, I really don't care about other noise.

Speaking of Bach, his 15th prelude in G from Book 2 of the WTC is playing.

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Polaris
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I sing only when I'm alone. My voice is pretty terrible (but getting better, I hope!), but I enjoy singing when it doesn't bug others.

Brahms' second piano concerto, 4th movement.

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THE IRON SALTIRE CHEF CHALLENGES YOU, PART ONE in General
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Back on topic...

Sugar for a week
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2 Scoops chocolate chip ice cream with caramel
1 Cup Vanilla Coke
A few drops of lemon juice (prefferably squeezed from a lemon)

Pour soda into ice cream. Add lemon juice. Eat, enjoy. Scour teeth with toothpaste and sandpaper, call hospital preemptively if past the age when total sugar intake has no limit.

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Polaris
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EDIT: (I began posting, ate lunch, finished posting, and didn't see BtI's post) Bob, I haven't said anything about other music, other than the fact that every genre is different. I didn't say other music can't affect your emotions. Do you really feel the need to insult me? Lighten up! Be happy!

Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, second movement.

Ironweed, I would defeinitely say Classical Music is an acquired taste, sort of like wine. I haven't always liked classical - at one point, I listened to Alternative. But I guess playing classical piano for 12 years sort of grew on me, and I began listening to classical more and more. Part of "understanding" classical is willing yourself to enjoy it, which was pretty tough for me at first.

I used to detest opera. Now I'm listening to Act 2 of Wagner's Siegfried and enjoying it. I've also grown much more tolerant of post-romantic music. Khachaturian's Cello Concerto is one of my favorite pieces now, but I would probably have thrown a brick at my speakers had it been playing last year.

For the most part, I cannot stand "noisy" music. Some of Tchaikovky's composition falls under that category, most notably "Mazurka" and "Wedding Dance" from Swan Lake. Most of what they play at www.classical1035.com also falls under this category (not to mention the fact that they have more commercials than music, interrupt their music to say "this is classical 103.5!!!!!", play only the worst of the best, the best of the worst, and the worst of the worst, have terrible announcers (one of whom compares Debussy to a hamburger), and and and...).

I also dislike contemporary music for the most part (Arcana, by Varese, is a prime example of what I absolutely despise).

www.wbjc.com generally plays the kind of music I enjoy. Unfortunately, they don't catch as well as other stations.

As for Baroque music, you do have to listen to it differently than Romantic. It certainly isn't nearly as emotional as the subsequent periods, but it does have it's charms. It's very easy to sing along to, because chord progressions are always at their most basic form. That's what I listen to when I work, for the most part, because it doesn't require the sort of intent rapture that makes other Classical a real joy for me to listen to.

[ Saturday, December 13, 2003 11:02: Message edited by: Sir Motrax of Exile ]

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Polaris
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I've come to the conclusion that people listen for different things in music (duh...). You can't listen to rap the same way you listen to classical, just as you can't listen to 60's rock like you listen to metal.

To truly experience what classical music is about, you have to be willing to let the music take over your emotions. When the music is sad, you become sad. When the music is exultant, you too become overjoyed. It's certainly not a pleasant experience sometimes - listening to some pieces can make you rather despairing, but it brings an acuteness and clarity of emotion that's rather unique to classical. It's not easy to get into this state of being "one with the music" but it's certainly worth it once you break past what you thought was the limit of raw feelings.

[/internet philosopher]

And of course, not every classical piece is any good. Like with any genre, there are quite a few terrible melodies to listen to, and a good share of awful composers.

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Polaris
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Have any of you actually listened to classical music? You might find you like some of it...

I'm listening to Brahms' 4th symphony, again, second movement. Windows Media Player is not very random...

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Polaris
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Bach Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor for organ, first movement. Eh.

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Chopin's Revolutionary Etude (No. 12 Op. 10 in C minor). And it just switched to the third movement of Beethoven's Pathetique.

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Merry Christmas in General
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Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it!

And happy Hanukkah (That's how I spell it) for Alooloolal, Myself, James who is almost six, Zeviz, and whoever else I'm forgetting is Jewish. I'm getting a discman with a casette adaptor for my car! Yay!

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http://www.geocities.com/the_tzarr/Work_Pictures/ The clean part of the lab is mine. ;)

Back on topic, Mozart's 12th Sonata in F major

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Polaris
Posts: 1614 | Registered: Wednesday, January 23 2002 08:00
The next RP ... in General
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Come on now, don't be such children, the lot of you. StD apologized and asked for the chance to redeem himself. And yet all of you continue antagonizing him. He actually has made quite a monumental effort to improve, if you'd take the time to actually see for yourself.

EDIT: Posted while Stughalf was posting. And he posted while I was editing. Heh.

[ Tuesday, December 09, 2003 12:04: Message edited by: Sir Motrax of Exile ]

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Polaris
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YAY! Mozart's Fantasy in C minor K547. I can play it too!

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Polaris
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Your favourite "race" in General
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quote:
Originally written by Hinosu:

Why aren't Dragons on the list!!!!?!!!!?!!!?!!!?!!!?!!!?!!?!??!?!?!!!!!! [!!!!!11!!!!1111!!11one!!!1!!????!?!?!??!?!!!!?!/!?!?!!1?!??/??]
quote:
Originally written by Sir Motrax, of Exile.:
Sir, I concur.
For lack of better things to do, I voted sliths.

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Polaris
Posts: 1614 | Registered: Wednesday, January 23 2002 08:00
Misc in General
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Polaris is pretty slow lately, although we have bunches of members, we all post too infrequently. So, uhhh, if you want to stop by and add to the population, we wouldn't mind... IMAGE(Spiderweb Software Boards Misc_files/wink.gif)

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Entertainment from hell in General
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1. The Bear, by Faulkner.

2. Most Christmas jingles they play a month early (and three months later) in shopping malls. About half of what passes for music on WMGS

3. Final Fantasy was defintely the worst movie ever. It takes boring to new and unexplored heights.

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Polaris
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Beethoven's 32nd Piano Sonata, 1st movement. One of my favorites, definitely. And my friend plays it really well.

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Polaris
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Tchaikovsky's 6th is called "Pathetique" too?

Haydn's Cello concerto in D major, first movement.

I'll be listening to Khatchaturian's Cello Concerto soon, though, because it's quickly become one of my favorite pieces.

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Polaris
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If you could... in General
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I'd capture all the classical musicians of the world and make them play whatever music I want when I want. I'd then go sit in a cold library with a cup of hot chocolate and read a good book while listening to the music. And go for nice walks, on occasion.

As for the rest of the world? Eh.

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Polaris
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Wagner Operas. I think this is Sigfried, but the radio doesn't say.

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Polaris
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Y2K Compliant! in General
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Congrats David! And thanks for thanking me. IMAGE(Spiderweb Software Boards Y2K Compliant!_files/biggrin.gif)

Don't you collectively have a few thousand posts, Alec?

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Polaris
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Almost Offensive Topic in General
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I have some qualms about the Hanukkah bunny. I'm rather certain he's out to steal my speakers, and then I'd have to listen to my music with headphones all the time. Yup.
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AHH AHH!!!! WHY DOES GLENN GOULD HAVE TO SING WHILE HE PLAYS!!! G'AAAAAHH!!! CAN'T YOU AT LEAST SHUT UP AND LET YOUR FINGERS MAKE THE MUSIC ALONE!?!?!??!??!?!?!

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Polaris
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Brahm's Violin concerto in D major, 3rd movement. Gotta love it.

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How many of you are.... in General
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Probably Alorael. He's a 54 years old, lives in Alaska, and shoots at polar bears when there aren't any live pedestrians convenienty close.

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