your LEAST favourite sound in music

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Following on from the 'favourite sound' thread, what sounds really can't you stand?

Daniel Giraffe, Thursday, 2 September 2010 07:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

bjork

a dystopian society awaits if we continue on this path. (contenderizer), Thursday, 2 September 2010 07:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

For me it's the string/orchestra synths... actually hate most of synth sounds based on organic instruments, like say... synth saxophones or synth guitars.

Moka, Thursday, 2 September 2010 07:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

I hate the sound of those tinkling vertical bells, especially when they introduce the verse bit of a mushy ballad. People who use it seem to think they're being so sophisticated.

Daniel Giraffe, Thursday, 2 September 2010 07:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

80's drums sound, especialy the overblown snare-horrible.

nakamura, Thursday, 2 September 2010 09:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't know what makes this sound, but it's the creaky wind-up noise that's all over the rhythm track of "Right On" by Marvin Gaye. Almost ruins the song for me.

seandalai, Thursday, 2 September 2010 10:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's a guiro (although I always think of it is a fish 'cause that's what the ones in my school looked like)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31CBSV9EPAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiro

ledge, Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Tambourines

Neggin' you crapative (NickB), Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Heather Small

ledge, Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Axl Rose on Reading festival TV coverage this weekend. Very unpleasant.

Also, that kind of over-the-top mall-punk style of singing that was popularised by bands like Blink182 but people still emulate today, where "myself" become "moy-saalf".

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

relative to bjork and mall-punk singing, guiros & tambourines aok

a dystopian society awaits if we continue on this path. (contenderizer), Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yamaha DX7 - Classic or Dud?

PappaWheelie V, Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

that strangled gurgle of death metal vocalists

margana (anagram), Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Heavy breathing, except for Serge Gainsbourg's music

van smack, Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

that high-pitched "woo! yeah!" sample that was all over shit pop-house in the 90s.

ledge, Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

ledge, you hate fun.

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp especially when repeated throughout the song: "woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!"

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also, that kind of over-the-top mall-punk style of singing that was popularised by bands like Blink182 but people still emulate today, where "myself" become "moy-saalf".

― village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:24 AM (34 minutes ago) Bookmark

Seconded. Also really not a fan of can't-be-arsed indie vocals.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp especially when repeated throughout the song: "woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!, woo! yeah!"

Think you're getting confused with this and the other thread about sounds you like.

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Need a couple of "Ah Yeah!"'s and you have pure sonic bliss.

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

dl this is your favourite song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR98gRckjmY

ledge, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Tambourines

Just to expand on this, I really can't abide tambourines played by singers with no sense of rhythm. You get this particularly on live recordings, I think it's basically something for them to do with their hands. Once you notice them in the mix, they're just poison to your enjoyment.

Neggin' you crapative (NickB), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Saxophones. You can tell badness has come when the saxophone blunders in. There's a few obvious exceptions, but usually, it's all too much.

I'm being a smartass here, but in a fun way (NotEnough), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh ffs

acoleuthic, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

ledge - i think that was my favourite song when i was, like, 9. Which would explain a few things I suppose.

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

That definitely needs some "Woo! Yeah!"s.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

The banjo. And most of the sounds in the following piece in isolation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fCtDO7OcRM

No one can penetrate me. (Sanpaku), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IBRbzf3Fws

^ for Ledge

Neggin' you crapative (NickB), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's a James Brown sample btw iirc

Neggin' you crapative (NickB), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

sanpaku that is one of the greatest pieces of music ever recorded

acoleuthic, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

^ also for Ledge

Neggin' you crapative (NickB), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

That chimey keyboard used on loads of 80s and 90s schmaltzy RnB ballads, whatever that is. There's one on I Will Always Love You.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp acoleuthic: agreed. And unbelievably superior to the "Most Wanted Song".

But operatic sopranos (at least with heavy vibrato), Children's choruses, bagpipes, etc in their usual contexts aren't my cup o'.

No one can penetrate me. (Sanpaku), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

got 2.49 into sax loop before it got annoying btw

most wanted song has brilliant outro

acoleuthic, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

1. quintessential country and western guitar twang
2. auto-tune effect on a kesha-style vocal
3. scat

god of tosh (blueski), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

2. auto-tune effect on a kesha-style vocal

van smack, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Why u make Scatman cry

Neggin' you crapative (NickB), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Someone overlay Scatman's "be-bop-bu-bop-o-bop" over the top of Eurovision sax guy...

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

1) Shredding
2) Metal Rhythm guitar playing - the sort of all down- stroke, heavily overdriven churn where you can hear the pointy headstock.

sonofstan, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

whispering
Glenn Gould
sped-up soul samples
that synth sound in every trance track

how girl get dragnet (corey), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Garrison Keillor

how girl get dragnet (corey), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

hahahaha someone has to make an alterna-Most Unwanted Song based on this thread

acoleuthic, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Interesting how this gets framed in some cases as "Person X" and in other cases as "Person who sings like X".

cymose corymb (Karen D. Tregaskin), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard anyone else who sings like Garisson Keillor, thankfully.

how girl get dragnet (corey), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

...like, is the *personality* of the named hated singer what is hated (as well as? or because of...) the singing quality.

Because I'd think that certain singing qualities would have more of an effect. But it's being expressed in terms of the person doing the singing. Why?

(Thinking about people named like Bjork, Axl Rose, Ke$ha)

cymose corymb (Karen D. Tregaskin), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

fucking crying baby sample noises

janice (surm), Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

OTM those goddamn baby samples in Are You That Somebody are so grating.

Davek (davek_00), Thursday, 2 September 2010 13:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sometimes fine but sometimes my least favorite instruments: vibes, xylophone, marimba.

Brad C., Thursday, 2 September 2010 13:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

the baby sounds in Are You That Somebody don't really bother me so much.

van smack, Thursday, 2 September 2010 13:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

That is amazing. Now that it's been pointed out, ffs please stop the millennial whoop.

Josefa, Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

holy shit rushomancy that is incredible, also thank you for the dm, i almost never check the email associated with this account and i didn't see your dm until just now. glad to have an mp3 of it, this is absolutely wild. and there's no ukulele - fantastic!

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

this is an amazing song! wish I could find a decent copy

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Lol that article on the whoop

Of course it is ubiquitous precisely because it is so generic and slight that nobody can claim to legally own it so no fear of getting sued, something everyone can freely rip off

Kind of amazing all the new ways copyright law continues to destroy creativity

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

wait, is this just going back and forth from the 3 to the 5 on a major scale, because that's just what you end up playing after having taken piano lessons and have to write a simple melody or accompaniment.

I dunno if this related to the keyboard vs. guitar generational shift thing in pop/rock music -- that could be more interesting?

That 3-5-3-5 is a keyboard instrument default, whereas with a guitar, the default patterns are different due to the design of the instrument itself.

(Unless I missed tons of articles about it).

sarahell, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think a lot of it had to due with ubiquitous syncs of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” in the past 10+ years

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

well, it's only so ubiquitous -- I have no idea what you are referring to!

sarahell, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

lots of these millennial whoops remind me of TARZAN BOY

omar little, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

^ a redeeming quality imo

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

Arcade Fire definitely a big part of the whoop but I think it's also a variant of the whoa-oh-oh's you'd hear in some pop-punk/emo songs in the early '00s

there's even a hint of it in Killing Joke's 2003 album! (1 minute in)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb5WxIUFziw

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

imo focusing on the specific interval is maybe missing the bigger pattern of wordless oh-ohs - like "til the world ends," "some nights" and "pompeii" are what i would reach for as examples of this sound and its intentions. or do those all fit the motivic bill also?

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wasn't the whoop an Italo Disco thing? Not just "Tarzan Boy" but also this 1987 track (the chorus at 2:26):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtpp6H559NQ

Josefa, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

yea but it became ubiquitous in indie rock/pop in the mid-late 00s, another big one that got a lot of syncs and was super popular was 'chicago' by sufjan stevens, which doesn't feature legit whoops but it's one of the templates of 'epiphany-core' which is what i call this phenomenon. xylophones and ukuleles.

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

longing for community (singalong), longing for low-tech 'authenticity' experiences that are nonetheless potentially instagrammable (campfire, washboard type instruments etc.), overlaid on more familiar youth problems like longing for meaning and to have big huge emotional turns, catharses and yes epiphanies. the ineffable but deeply felt desire to feel something big and transformative right as the waves crash onto the rocks and everyone lifts their torches and goes "ohhhhh OH! oh-ooh-ooohh OH!"

or maybe they all just heard the "survivor" theme music in the womb or something idk

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

man that Shy Rose track is great thanks for sharing

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

DC otm

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

i do love the millennial whoop here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3jKtjgRZQY

omar little, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Thing related to the millennial whoop: the "kindergarten taunt" melodic line annoys me no end when it turns up in songs I enjoy until its turning up. This mostly happens in modern r&b i think? Or this may just be where the disappointment is greatest when it occurs.


clicktrack |...:...;...:...|...:...;...:...|
(C major) G E A G E G E A G E
(scale deg) 5 3 6 5 3 5 3 6 5 3

anatol_merklich, Friday, 12 January 2018 00:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

G

Jeff, Friday, 12 January 2018 00:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

Nah, a G on its own is alright.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 12 January 2018 00:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

Thing related to the millennial whoop: the "kindergarten taunt" melodic line annoys me no end when it turns up in songs I enjoy until its turning up. This mostly happens in modern r&b i think? Or this may just be where the disappointment is greatest when it occurs.

clicktrack |...:...;...:...|...:...;...:...|
(C major) G E A G E G E A G E
(scale deg) 5 3 6 5 3 5 3 6 5 3
― anatol_merklich

didn't sly and the family stone do this

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Friday, 12 January 2018 00:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

Songs that incorporate the "nan nanny boo boo" melody

how's life, Friday, 12 January 2018 00:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

omg thanks for link, I had no idea it occurred on the actual 1982 Black Metal album! :-D

anatol_merklich, Friday, 12 January 2018 01:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

(still don't like it tho)

anatol_merklich, Friday, 12 January 2018 01:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

longing for community (singalong), longing for low-tech 'authenticity' experiences that are nonetheless potentially instagrammable (campfire, washboard type instruments etc.), overlaid on more familiar youth problems like longing for meaning and to have big huge emotional turns, catharses and yes epiphanies. the ineffable but deeply felt desire to feel something big and transformative right as the waves crash onto the rocks and everyone lifts their torches and goes "ohhhhh OH! oh-ooh-ooohh OH!"

or maybe they all just heard the "survivor" theme music in the womb or something idk

Nah it's because they grew up on The Lion King, which is also why we have furries

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 12 January 2018 01:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Nah it's because they grew up on The Lion King, which is also why we have furries

― flamboyant goon tie included

bullshit we have furries because of Disney Afternoon and, I am going to call this show out specifically, Tail Spin

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Friday, 12 January 2018 02:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

thought we'd decided it went back at least to Robin Hood

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Friday, 12 January 2018 03:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/81/Animalympics.jpg

As Whiney described it, the Rocky Horror of Furry Fandom.

how's life, Friday, 12 January 2018 11:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

Dougal, we've got to lose that saxophone....

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 12 January 2018 11:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

Personally I'm more comfortable blaming Sid and Marty Krofft.

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/puppet/images/d/d4/Pufnstuf.png/revision/latest?cb=20111227030119

mime kampf (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 12 January 2018 13:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

As Whiney described it, the Rocky Horror of Furry Fandom.

― how's life, Friday, January 12, 2018 3:17 AM (nine hours ago)

those who forget horribly formed jokes are doomed to repeat them

sarahell, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

im pretty sure Zoobilee Zoo is more responsible for furries than anything else

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Animalympics fuckin rules, but yah furries love that shit. I think most of them discover it well into furrydom though.

My actual answer to op is whiny Fat Mike/Less Than Jake style pop punk vocals. Why do men sing like that? It's the worst.

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 12 January 2018 21:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

A lot of people attribute Disney's Robin Hood as the first time animals made them horny and who can blame em?

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 12 January 2018 21:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

R.I.P. the family dog licking yr genitals

sarahell, Friday, 12 January 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Jump to most recent message function feelin p jarring itt rn

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

Tom Waits’s voice

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

hell yeah

flappy bird, Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

Is the Millenial Whoop in any way related to this bit in Barbie Girl?

Dinsdale, Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

Barbie Girl represents good infectious pop whereas MW is like dragging goodinfectuouspop.wav onto your timeline

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

nah the millennial whoop is a baby of Arcade Fire "Wake Up" and Sufjan Stevens "Chicago"

flappy bird, Friday, 19 January 2018 02:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

I’m getting really sick of rappers that sound like Future. Any rao that is like, depressive and proceeds in terms of these bursts of short phrases.

treeship 2, Friday, 19 January 2018 03:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

I used to love gucci mane specifically bc of this same kinda anhedonia but i really don’t like this sound now.

treeship 2, Friday, 19 January 2018 03:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Young Thug is working in the same idiom but he doesn’t count. That guy is a visionary.

treeship 2, Friday, 19 January 2018 03:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

whenever I hear a clarinet in a movie score I fly into a rage.

campreverb, Friday, 19 January 2018 03:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Awww I like the clarinet

treeship 2, Friday, 19 January 2018 04:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

sarahell posts itt bring the lols

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 19 January 2018 05:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

it's really the 'whimsy' trope.

campreverb, Friday, 19 January 2018 06:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

future is fucking garbage

clouds, Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

shirley manson is fucking future

jesus and figs and science and the foo fighters (unregistered), Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:40 (eight months ago) Permalink


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