How can I really determine my own taste in music?

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Re: How can I really determine my own taste in music?

Post by awjoe »

Exalted Wombat wrote:
Let go of 'what music do I like?'. Try 'what music can I sell?'


I can't imagine why you would give someone that piece of advice EXCLUSIVELY. I can see giving that piece of advice as the pragmatic half of a combination that had a polar opposite that you were trying to bring into a state of dynamic balance. If you let go of what you like, you lose your soul, you lose your integrity. Why would you recommend that approach? But I can see that if someone ONLY did music they liked, they might be out of touch with what and how people were actually listening, so you might not succeed in getting your music heard. (Scott Walker, John Zorn, Captain Beefheart, Lou Reed, Frank Zappa might disagree, but we can't all be that good, right?) so by paying attention to what sells, you might make your music more commercially marketable, without compromising its integrity. Might. Or you might just sell out. Anyway, in the interests of balance, you could advise someone: 'Write the music you like, and pay attention to what sells so that you're speaking the language of your listeners'. But even balancing those two values, I'd still give priority to the 'what I like' half of the equation.
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Re: How can I really determine my own taste in music?

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I started taking production more seriously a couple of years ago and one of things that I needed to do in order to become more well versed in the area of music was listen. Listen to more and more music, old, new bad, ugly anything music. Listening to 200 or more songs a day I started to realize that I was attracted to a certain type of music. So you could say I discovered my own taste by evaluating lots of different genres.
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Re: How can I really determine my own taste in music?

Post by tea for two »

Dolmetscher007 wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:53 pm
Anyway... does anyone of you guys have any kind of online course, or book, or any other kind of solid resource for helping a guy like me with genre overload, tap into what he really wants to create when it comes to writing songs?

Hi there DMT :beamup:
I wish I could point to such an online course resource or book.

Only you know your makeup as a person but then even this is confusing.
What am I made up of?

One constant is : no one can be you but you.

But how we are alters moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day.

*Some hours or days we feel like an A***hole so then we can make an A***hole song.
Some times or often times we feel like a Gormless Plank lol so then we can make Gormless Plank tracks.
Some times we feel Elevated Lighthearted so then we can make Elevated Lighthearted Lilting tracks.
Some days weeks months we feel like we are in our deep well of hurt,
so then we can make deep well of hurt tracks : this itself is hurtful cuts us up so caution advised.
Most often we are under Concerns Worries Situations of Life, we Observe Life, so then we can make Concerns Worries Situations of Life Observing Life tracks.

Our personal music doesn't always have to be this gut wrenching bleeding heart of our self because we are much more than this. We alter.
It's all still personal, whichever versions of us surfaces.

*If we wish to make experimental music, avant garde, then we don't need to tap into our deep well or perhaps hardly at all.

*If we wish to make games music, film docu music, library music, then we can mentally cut out as much as we can the personal aspect we put into music.
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Re: How can I really determine my own taste in music?

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gyates329 wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:17 am Listening to 200 or more songs a day I started to realize that I was attracted to a certain type of music. So you could say I discovered my own taste by evaluating lots of different genres.

I suspect that's the way most people do it, albeit not at the rate of 200 songs per day ;)

I also stretch my taste by listening to new music every day (sometimes even new genres), some of which I like (and buy) and some of which I ignore.

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Re: How can I really determine my own taste in music?

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I’m always torn when I find something I don’t like between immediately moving on to another as life is too short, or do I relisten and try to figure out what I don’t like about the track, and possibly learning something about music or myself.
Mostly I’m not in self learning mode and if the internal crap meter says move on then I do.
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Re: How can I really determine my own taste in music?

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ManFromGlass wrote: Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:06 pm I’m always torn when I find something I don’t like between immediately moving on to another as life is too short, or do I relisten and try to figure out what I don’t like about the track, and possibly learning something about music or myself.
Mostly I’m not in self learning mode and if the internal crap meter says move on then I do.

Same here, although with Bandcamp as my main source of new music I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to any music that half appeals, by sticking it on my 'Wishlist' so I've bookmarked it and can return for another listen in due course.

Sometimes I fall in love with a piece of music immediately, but on quite a few occasions I've returned for another listen in a day or two only to find either I no longer enjoy various music on my Wishlist, or I enjoy it so much that I can't imagine why I didn't buy it after my first listen. Current mood has a lot to do with this ;)

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