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Old 09-30-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Musical gimmicks you don't like

Post gimmicks you see musicians do that you really aren't impressed by (but their fans probably think they're the greatest thing because they do it).

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Unusual time signatures.

Slower, more moody acoustic covers of pop songs. Not necessarily a gimmick, but oh well.

Dubstep covers of video game music.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:31 PM   #2
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:31 PM   #4
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If done right odd time sigs can really spice up a riff or two IMO.

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Old 09-30-2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #6
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I wouldn't say odd time signatures is a gimmick but what the hey.

I'd say whatever the hell Dillinger Escape Plan were doing when I saw them open for SOAD. Flailing around like god damn idiots. It was just embarrassing.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #8
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I kind of agree with the unusual time signatures sometimes. I usually see something like "zomg song is so technical, it's in 9/4 time!" then you listen to it, and it's not difficult to play.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:35 PM   #10
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'poetic' lyrics. Not that I don't appreciate nice and evocative lyrics. But some bands try too hard.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:37 PM   #11
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I listen to math rock and the OP rustles my jimmies. How are odd time signatures a gimmick?
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I love unusual time signatures, trying to follow all the details of their rhythms and usually being mind****ed by them.

Not a gimmick really but I generally hate synths in music.
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I wouldn't say odd time signatures is a gimmick but what the hey.

I'd say whatever the hell Dillinger Escape Plan were doing when I saw them open for SOAD. Flailing around like god damn idiots. It was just embarrassing.


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I'm getting kinda sick of dubstep in rock songs.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:37 PM   #15
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:38 PM   #16
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Also, the use of melisma with female singers (especially, though not exclusively black singers). When Christina Aguilara ends every line, she has to sing a pentatonic blues riff at the end of every syllable. Shit gets old after a while.
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I listen to math rock and the OP rustles my jimmies. How are odd time signatures a gimmick?
I dunno, I've heard people say "Dude check this out this track is in 27/8 time signature, then it switches to 13/2 here, and now it moves to 17/16 here." I'm just like "So what?"
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I dunno, I've heard people say "Dude check this out this track is in 27/8 time signature, then it switches to 13/2 here, and now it moves to 17/16 here." I'm just like "So what?"



It creates an interesting rhythm and pattern of notes. How is it any less valid than gushing over some clever chord progression or voice leading?
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