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#1
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).

I'll start.

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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#4
If done right odd time sigs can really spice up a riff or two IMO.

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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 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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#10
'poetic' lyrics. Not that I don't appreciate nice and evocative lyrics. But some bands try too hard.
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#11
I listen to math rock and the OP rustles my jimmies. How are odd time signatures a gimmick?
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#12
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.


They put on the best live show of anyone ever. Your opinion is wrong.
#16
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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'poetic' lyrics. Not that I don't appreciate nice and evocative lyrics. But some bands try too hard.


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#23
I can see what you're saying, Madcap. Being in an odd signature for the sake of being in an odd signature is pretty showy and pretentious.
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This, and djent as a whole really.

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This, especially when it's either shitty generic deathcore or shitty generic instrumental hard rock. This goes for "metal" versions of video game tunes as well.
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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?"

yeah, if you have to do math to "understand" or "get" a piece of music, it's stupid. If it sounds stupid, it sounds stupid.
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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.


This for sure
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Gotta say I agree with the Madcap on the time signature thing. Although it pains me, because one of my favorite duets, The Mantis and the Moon, has fairly complex timing and time signatures throughout.
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#30
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Not a gimmick really but I generally hate synths in music.



They're just an instrument....

Anyway, I can't really think of anything that other people haven't already said.
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They're just an instrument....

Anyway, I can't really think of anything that other people haven't already said.

I guess I mean mainly the 80s stuff where it's extremely noticable.
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Not a gimmick really but I generally hate synths in music.


Synths are a double-edged sword. When used right, they fill in some of those holes in the mix. Of course, most of the time they're used wrong and it turns a song into 80's bubblegum pop.

I use them all the time but keep them low in the mix so it adds detail without taking away focus from the main instrument or vocals.
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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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#37
Weird time signatures are at their best when you don't even notice that they're weird. 70s rock and prog had a lot of stuff that didn't sound weird even though it had lots of dropped beats and/or time shifts... See "Spirit of the Radio" or "The Ocean" if you don't believe. But like most thing time signatures can become a gimmick when they're basically forced...

But slow acoustic covers of almost anything should be a punishable offense. I'm also sick of these "folk" and "bluegrass" types infiltrating indie rock who refuse to use any electric instruments or proper percussion because "tradition" or something. BANJO IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE CRESCENDO INSTRUMENT; here's an electric guitar plugged into a Marshall, try that instead, FFS. Also get a drummer! I know they're usually window-licking mad, but that's part of the fun! >
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Not a gimmick really but I generally hate synths in music.


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Synths are a double-edged sword. When used right, they fill in some of those holes in the mix. Of course, most of the time they're used wrong and it turns a song into 80's bubblegum pop.

I use them all the time but keep them low in the mix so it adds detail without taking away focus from the main instrument or vocals.


You're both either listening to the wrong artists or just using them wrong.

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You're both either listening to the wrong artists or just using them wrong.


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