Music that slowly increases in intensity until you almost can't even stand the intensity anymore

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It's one simple trick that, on the rare occasion I encounter it, never fails to give me chills: pieces of music that incrementally progress from restraint to varying degrees of intensity, often incorporating the addition of layer upon layer of instrumentation. I love it so much.

Three examples I can think of off the top of my head:

Shiina Ringo x Neko Saito - 'Yokushitsu'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSmA0qzEQvg

Elliott Smith - 'Can't Make a Sound'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke2NTnkp1tE

Dirty Three - 'I Remember a Time When Once You Used to Love Me'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2xprLZAVbk

It's also kinda reflective of the structure of Stop Making Sense, progressing from Byrne alone onstage with a boombox and a guitar to a huge and joyful panoply of players.

Give me more of these things. Please.

I'm Calling My Loyer! (Old Lunch), Friday, 4 August 2017 16:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

not sure if this is what you mean but

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KziGRbyPoMs

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There's *a lot* of these. Do you prefer music of the poppier sort? Or do SY's Washing Machine and Mogwai's Mogwai Fear Satan also count?

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

or also "sit tight" by carina round which is similar but not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeltDmQiIQI

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also see: post-rock. But not sure if that's what you're after.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ROVO are the band that comes to mind here, I think most of their discography is like that, slow builds that keep speeding up and making you wonder whose endurance is going to give up first

apologies for linking a 43 minute tune here but I think this is a great example. you don't have to listen to it all but keep skipping around and you'll see what I mean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0tGLwrCL4g

frogbs, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Aggrandizement" by Deluge Grander is another one that makes you wonder "how much longer is this going to go on??"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsi8Iy7Zah8&list=PLEEJeDgWvBK-TnsOlL9mviUhbstdx8hgg&index=4

frogbs, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was looking for a thread like this the other day when I heard the B-side of this Pinkwash single. Can't find it online, but on the 45, the end of "Skin" sounds like whoever was mastering or cutting the vinyl very gradually made it hotter and hotter until it just gets completely distorted. It's just this one heavy hypnotic groove that steadily increases in volume for maybe a minute. It was thrilling.

flappy bird, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E98J0ZEaIjs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RkcLsIKl2Q

(One of my all time faves. Gutted this isn't even on YT in one piece smdh)

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cave's entire output

Οὖτις, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also,"Life Goes Off," the last song on Jim O'Rourke's Insignificance. He said that it's a reference to the end of the movie Greaser's Palace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnw7-YfSaQg

flappy bird, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^ great example

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, 'Life Goes Off' is another I'm familiar with that definitely fits this pattern. Feel like there are more O'Rourke tunes that do similar things. Something by Brice Glace? Another something by Gastr Del Sol?

I'm Calling My Loyer! (Old Lunch), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You will need proper bass to appreciate these but this is basically the raison d'etre for a good chunk of techno.

Jaydee - "Plastic Dreams" (the build to the solo, and then the journey that solo goes on...)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwPKi1H8t9M

Speedy J - "Pull Over" (this is about the ever-shifting drum pattern)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHsNQlboq-8

Exposure - "Peak Experience" (this is about filters and layering and delaying the drop until you go insane)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J6O55zGWug

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gj2MCf2G80

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)!

Dominique, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Naked City, "Leng Tch'e"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDP19Vieg7k

"Research into the relationship between violence and the sacred led Zorn to the writings of Georges Bataille. The historical photographs used in Leng Tch'e (found in Tears of Eros) were taken circa 1905 in Beijing to document the last public execution utilizing leng tch'e (hundred pieces) which dates from the Manchu dynasty. Given opium to extend the victim's life during the arduous process, the look of ecstasy on the man's face haunted Bataille:"

I can see by the look on your face, you've got ring worm. (WilliamC), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I Want You is another great example, I love the tension of waiting for it all to just stop. It still catches me off guard.

flappy bird, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oasis - All Around The World

imago, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Real answer: Autechre - Cap.iv

imago, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nah they're both real answers ;)

From.the milieu of art-rock though....I got loads of examples. Post 'em as and when I decide they're good enough

imago, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Poni Hoax - 'Budapest'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6xG0fspuhc

Vitalic - 'La Rock 01'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGOaXphpT7w

I'm Calling My Loyer! (Old Lunch), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is pretty much all zeuhl. and heldon. and "the talking drum" by king crimson.

also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl-p3t6-tbo

The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

kc - talking drum

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Esben and the Witch have become very very good at this with their last two albums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAWmOoVJvIU

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPnDO4gJk84

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7LQ9We7Tyc

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Py9ihtc5ZI

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQZfGa5t4e8

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Zero 7 - 'Your Place'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyaRtMo4zdU

I'm Calling My Loyer! (Old Lunch), Friday, 4 August 2017 19:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

bonnie tyler - total eclipse of the heart

brimstead, Friday, 4 August 2017 19:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

deep purple - child of light

brimstead, Friday, 4 August 2017 19:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

child in time i mean

brimstead, Friday, 4 August 2017 19:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyRFAw5La38

emsworth, Friday, 4 August 2017 20:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The closing 8-10 minutes of Bill Dixon's 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur are like this.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't think 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' fits here... I don't get any sense of "builds to the point of no return" from that track, as great as it is.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It may be corny as hell to say so, but if "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is eligible, why not "In the Air Tonight"?

Or "Shock the Monkey"?

okapi paste (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'In The Air Tonight' is more of a "lulls you in a false sense of security before punching you in the face" track.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Fair enough. "King of Birds," "Prayers for Rain..."

okapi paste (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

really Turrican? I feel like that song is one of the archetypes of this kind of thing, at least in pop/rock, as they bring in the white noise louder and louder until you can barely hear the guitars anymore, and then everything just stops cold.

Dominique, Friday, 4 August 2017 20:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is the one I've seen stop rooms full of people talking - the bit from about 5.30 onwards at least, don't know if it really works without the long buildup though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssMKD-zrjw4

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ravel's Bolero is the archetype, right?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 4 August 2017 21:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

jim orourke - happy days

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 4 August 2017 21:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love the main theme from the Last Emperor soundrack, where there are some understated drums, then a pretty ostinato on tuned percussion, then a violin comes in bein all lyrical n shit, then here come some cymbal swells... As you focus on each layer, one sometimes forgets that all the original patterns are still there, plinking away.

https://youtu.be/cXUMB19WkT8

okapi paste (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 4 August 2017 22:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Roy Orbison - Running Scared

bobot, Friday, 4 August 2017 22:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6GYCrEoTPQ

chap, Saturday, 5 August 2017 12:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPukZ0IDkAo

chap, Saturday, 5 August 2017 12:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQcE4_7-X78

flappy bird, Sunday, 6 August 2017 01:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Eric prydz - opus (four tet remix). Now that's a song that builds in intensity.

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 6 August 2017 01:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Radiohead - How to disappear completely

LimbsKing, Sunday, 6 August 2017 06:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

find the loudest way to listen this you can. sit back and let the feral madness rise within you. don't think you necessarily need to like techno - this is more like the soundtrack to ancient humans discovering fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d64-DBuVKH0

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Sunday, 6 August 2017 09:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Isn't this a standard thing with Glenn Branca symphonies? & therefore presumably most of the artists he's directly influenced.

Was also thinking of the Swans live version of Sex God Sex from Feel Good Now and other live sets from around the same period. Feel Good Now version is about 20 minutes long.

Stevolende, Sunday, 6 August 2017 09:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Beatles - "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" the use of ever-increasing moog white noise is very cool. the intensity of the sound builds and builds and then is cut off. the cut to immediate soft and sunny intro of "Here Comes the Sun" puts an emphasis on the change in moods that is very pleasing. the whole song build up and then breaks like the sun through a cloud. the Beatles had been incorporating Yoko Ono's ideas for a year now and it's cool to hear her influence across Abbey Road.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band - "The Intro and the Outro" made to seem like every bar a new instrument is introduced, building up the sound layer by layer.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Beatles - "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" the use of ever-increasing moog white noise is very cool. the intensity of the sound builds and builds and then is cut off. the cut to immediate soft and sunny intro of "Here Comes the Sun" puts an emphasis on the change in moods that is very pleasing.

Except from 1969 to 1987, there was no immediate cut to "Here Comes The Sun." It was, "Hey, I think there's something wrong with your turntable; it cut off the end of that song."

(That's what I assumed for years until I heard the CD, as my parents' turntable had a tendency to automatically lift the tone arm a half second or so before the end of a side.)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 6 August 2017 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Isn't this a standard thing with Glenn Branca symphonies? & therefore presumably most of the artists he's directly influenced.

Indeed.

sansa riff (sarahell), Monday, 7 August 2017 00:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

which draws a lot on minimalism -- it's kinda their m.o.

sansa riff (sarahell), Monday, 7 August 2017 00:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the last ≈ 45 minutes of Xela's album In bocca al lupo progresses from soothing dark ambient to noize/drone through the gradual introduction of white noise/electronics/tribal drums/damned souls in hell

pg13tentacion (unregistered), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:33 (one week ago) Permalink

(and it isn't half as corny as my description suggests)

pg13tentacion (unregistered), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:36 (one week ago) Permalink

sorry folks, but

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbmwERlUYRE

then there's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3ceW4bimyA

but also

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbxp3qt9LEc

haha but really let's focus on what's required

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8pZy5PmIoU

and have a few more idk there are so many this is just a small taste

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPq4WhPir9w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf0VntRIg1o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiITP-zP-98

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFdcf_XUAKM

^^^you get a cool arty video with this one!

imago, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 10:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Never apologize for constructive contributions.

I'm Calling My Loyer! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 12:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Ulrich Schnauss - Medusa

otm! I listened to that song tonight as I navigated the final stretch of a traffic jam, and I half expected to emerge into a wasteland of sinkholes and lava flows and Sim City monsters

(but it turned out to be a paving crew, and the choral outro just made me feel sheepish..."sorry Herr Schnauss don't you think that's a little too on the nose?" etc.)

pg13tentacion (unregistered), Friday, 11 August 2017 01:56 (one week ago) Permalink

i haven't listened to this song in forever, but,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmXU-K3d3k

(it sounds a lot better in the context of the album)

Karl Malone, Friday, 11 August 2017 04:18 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFK1wKyuI_8

rip van wanko, Friday, 11 August 2017 05:33 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZsfRZovsJc

tangenttangent, Friday, 11 August 2017 09:47 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlhK1D-8o2g

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 11 August 2017 10:26 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2dSlKdhBkg

chap, Friday, 11 August 2017 13:12 (one week ago) Permalink

^ great example

flappy bird, Friday, 11 August 2017 17:53 (one week ago) Permalink


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