#1
Just thought I'd start some discussion on world music.

I think that any musician who writes music, performs it, etc. can find huge influence and inspiration when looking into world music. I think most people can find some cultural music from at least one country that really speaks to them and gives the enjoyment.

I really like gamelan music from Indonesia. I believe the music is in 9 equal temperament, so the two scales it's based on (slendro and pelog) simply can't be played in a western 12-tone system. It sounds almost like ambient electronic music. There's gamelan from Java (seems more slow and ambient) and Bali (more lively and free form).

Javanese gamelan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ghJJq5yOyI

Balinese gamelan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmlAZxha8Pw

And I won't go into it or post any links, but I think we can all agree that traditional chinese music is fucking awesome and beautiful.

So ITT: Share your thoughts on world music and recommend some. Please, make sure it's actual world music and not something like a metal band who happens to be from an exotic country.
#2
Does flamenco count?

I agree with traditional Chinese music. I like traditional Japanese music as well. I've gained interest in Polynesian music, but I've never seriously been engrossed into any of those, except flamenco.
#3
Quote by slipknot5678
Does flamenco count?

I agree with traditional Chinese music. I like traditional Japanese music as well. I've gained interest in Polynesian music, but I've never seriously been engrossed into any of those, except flamenco.
I'd say so. Although the thing I hate is that nowadays people only really care about Paco De Lucia. When there are plenty of gitarists just as brilliant. Paco Pena for instance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4JUqOyh06g
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Quote by The Madcap
I'd say so. Although the thing I hate is that nowadays people only really care about Paco De Lucia. When there are plenty of gitarists just as brilliant. Paco Pena for instance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4JUqOyh06g


I agree. IMO though, the random street performers and the flamenco players actually accompanying dancers are the most inspiring. I do know all the famous players (Paco Pena, Sabicas, etc.).
#6
I love mostly any world music, cause I find it to be historical in nature and teaches something about the culture with the music, and it usually sounds badass. So I don't have any that I really dislike, but I really love Chinese.
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#7
I love gamelan music! I went to a workshop on it once and it was so fun.

Also I really want to learn how to play the didgeridoo.
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#9
World music is for ***gots. JK. Gamelan is awesome. Had a drummer buddy who played in a Gamelan group. Badass stuff.

Huun Huur Tu and Tuvan throat singing in general is awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVkJ1Bf-QzU

Big fan of the Veena as well. Watch this - Chitti Babu is a legendary player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30OEfXO5NDU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn1EiRFJ0yg&feature=BFa&list=PL4B2A98CAA0510313&lf=results_video
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#11
Quote by jetfuel495
i can't listen to world music

because i don't know what genre to tag it as in itunes


I used to be the same way. I don't have any classical music in my itunes for similar reasons.

You just tag it as the individual genre, not world music.
#12
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I used to be the same way. I don't have any classical music in my itunes for similar reasons.

You just tag it as the individual genre, not world music.
I was only half serious

Traditional music rarely appeals to me. Classical, yes, sometimes, but I don't do the didgeridoos, etc.

I used to really like the steel drum music of Trinidad as a kid, though.
#13
I fucking love tha Native American flute type music you find playing in Red Indian stands at markets and such.

It just makes me feel so wonderful, and almost adventurous and full of possibilties, can't really explain it fully.

Also middle eastern music. I incorporate it in my bands music sometimes
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#14
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I love gamelan music! I went to a workshop on it once and it was so fun.

Also I really want to learn how to play the didgeridoo.


Didgeridoo is pretty cool. I once saw a guy playing guitar and digeridoo at the same time.
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Not sure if it counts as world music but, The Residents did a concept album about the inuits (entitled 'Eskimo'), and they used abit of inuit chanting in it. A pretty good album, I may need to listen to it again.

Here's the link to the songs and the video


Also, unless someone mentioned it before, Dead Can Dance.
They're a British duo who incorporate many world music genres into their songs very articulately.
The song, 'Ubiquitous Lovegrove', is catchy and a good example of their employment of world music genres.
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#19
^^^That sounds awesome!

Also, this is to TS, what about bands that use world music instruments in popular music?
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#20
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What is world music?

A really stupid term for non-western music even the guys who came up with the term ended up hating.
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#22
Quote by Cavalcade
Even worse is saying something has "elements of world music". And that has happened (people describing Soulfly).

Just cos one of the guys was from Sepultura (from Brazil)
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#25
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Even worse is saying something has "elements of world music". And that has happened (people describing Soulfly).

They're still awesome

Buy yeah, it's a stupid word.
It's like western music is standard, and music from other places is out of the norm, it's "world music" all of a sudden.
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Quote by The Madcap
And I won't go into it or post any links, but I think we can all agree that traditional chinese music is fucking awesome and beautiful.



Leave that to me!


I love world music. South asian music is definitely my favorite, but I go for mongolian and japanese sometimes. I've recently been getting more into the Yoshida Brothers. They both play the Shamisen, which is a traditional japanese 3 string banjo-like thing. They often fuse the traditional styles with more contemporary music, but it doesn't come across as disingenuous new-age garbage.

Yoshida Brothers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0krn80N_CGI&feature=related


I've recently been trying to get into persian music. It's very difficult for me, because of the use of 1/3rd step intervals, but I've come across some cool stuff. If anyone has some suggestions, I'm open to them.

Oh, and join my group I made a while back! http://groups.ultimate-guitar.com/worldmusic/

Moar links of g00d sh!t:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLbv3fFofLc (The Prince of Egypt ripped off this song so hard)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGXzWkD6AWM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqIcUywOVtw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUNx-ZBP99s&feature=related
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