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"Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
- George Carlin
"It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
- Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears
"The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
This wouldn't surprise me, as I tend to be a technical person and my music taste seems to reflect this with an emphasis in those genres on theory knowledge, instrumental technique and other elements such as multi-imstrumental playing.
Originally Posted by Motorik
[Prog rockers are] all babes. It's like the Miss World contest, but with sudden changes of time-signature.
I don't really buy it, but it's interesting anyways.
I suppose these would be my preferences from most preferred to least preferred:
1 Reflective and Complex (Cocteau Twins, The Sea and Cake, Radiohead, Bowie, Eno, Shoegaze, Ambient, etc.) 2 Upbeat and Conventional (The Beatles, Classic Rock, etc.) 3 Intense and Rebellious (The Doors, The Stooges, WIRE, Nirvana, NIN, etc.) 4 Energetic and Rhythmic (Michael Jackson, Disco, etc.)
But looking at these general categories, it's obvious how much BS this is. Most if not all of the bands I placed in category 1 make music that would fit in any of the other 3 categories.
I definitely believe that there is a link between musical tastes and personality, but I think the researchers got it wrong by focusing on such a broad stylistic and genre-based approach. I guess you have to start somewhere.
Personally, I've always been drawn to particular individuals or bands instead of certain genres or styles. I often find that music that sounds similiar to music I like does absolutely nothing for me, and have always found that if I read about my favorite musicians--regardless of genre--I tend to find a lot about their personalities that I identify with. Maybe I'm just a weirdo who doesn't fall into any of those stock categories and tends to gravitate towards other weirdos who don't fall directly in line with a particular category.
"Alternative, heavy metal and rock music are in the Intense and Rebellious group"
Rant mode: activate!
I hate, HATE the term "alternative" as a music genre. Sure it represents an era of music closely associated to a few well-defined subcultures, but musically it makes absolutelly no sense! It's like, what does your band sound like? Oh, we sound alternative.
Alternative to what? Musically speaking?
You know, alternative!
I mean, it encompasses the most varied collection of styles imaginable! And since the 2000's, it's meaningless, because two thirds of mainstream stuff that comes out now could easily be classed as mid 90s "alternative". Entire modern genres could be. It's as meaningless a label as putting any and all music with guitars under "rock".