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Haha, 1Q84 is a Murakami novel. I bought 1Q when it first came out, even preordered the damned thing and still haven't read it to this day. Used to be pretty obsessed with Murakami myself. My favorite is probably Hardboiled, followed by Sputnik Sweetheart
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Sputnik Sweetheart sounds cute.
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The cat talk reminds me of the Futurama episode where the cats were actually aliens that came to Earth and used their cuteness to enslave the humans.
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You guys should also try Ryu Murakami, who is totally different from Haruki...Coin Locker Babies is as hardcore as it gets.
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I am usually not into this kind of music, but these guys make it really awesome.

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Is Winny someone uploading their music?

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I asked myself too...
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An old favorite of mine:

 

 

I'm a happy Coq again.

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Anyone trying out this iTunes radio thingy? I'm curious as to how curated it is compared to hive mind algorithms like last.fm etc. I've never actually used Pandora or Spotify but it's kind of cool that I can set iTunes to just play random tracks from around the world.

 

On a broader note, what do you diary threaders think about listening to music that isn't sung in English? Do you feel like you miss out on anything or gain anything by not understanding the lyrics? I like the way particular languages sound. Certainly I do think that Korean has a particular sound to it that makes it just fun for pop music. It's weird how not understanding the music makes the singing oddly textural, as if by bypassing the language centres of the brain you concentrate more on other aspects.

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Anyone trying out this iTunes radio thingy? I'm curious as to how curated it is compared to hive mind algorithms like last.fm etc. I've never actually used Pandora or Spotify but it's kind of cool that I can set iTunes to just play random tracks from around the world.

 

On a broader note, what do you diary threaders think about listening to music that isn't sung in English? Do you feel like you miss out on anything or gain anything by not understanding the lyrics? I like the way particular languages sound. Certainly I do think that Korean has a particular sound to it that makes it just fun for pop music. It's weird how not understanding the music makes the singing oddly textural, as if by bypassing the language centres of the brain you concentrate more on other aspects.

Music to me is organised sound, language does not matter to me personally :D

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Anyone trying out this iTunes radio thingy? I'm curious as to how curated it is compared to hive mind algorithms like last.fm etc. I've never actually used Pandora or Spotify but it's kind of cool that I can set iTunes to just play random tracks from around the world.

On a broader note, what do you diary threaders think about listening to music that isn't sung in English? Do you feel like you miss out on anything or gain anything by not understanding the lyrics? I like the way particular languages sound. Certainly I do think that Korean has a particular sound to it that makes it just fun for pop music. It's weird how not understanding the music makes the singing oddly textural, as if by bypassing the language centres of the brain you concentrate more on other aspects.

It depends on what I want to do/am doing. Sitting still listening to music just because is not my thing (yet). If I am playing something competitive that I don't care replacing the game soundtrack, something instrumental would do the job. If I'm surfing the web though, anything that I fancy. Lyrics might sometimes interfere with my concentration when I'm reading something brainy though, so usually I pause (and forget lol).

As expected though, majority of my songs are in Japanese, so I don't really mind much. In fact I sometimes dread knowing what the lyrics actually are, since I usually will interpret the emotion of a song and relate it to certain scenes in anime I watched, even though it's not from the OST or what not. Other times I am dying to know what the lyrics says just because it contains and overwhelming amount of emotion in it, that I need to know to immerse myself.
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I don't know. Sometimes it matters, sometimes it really doesn't. Sometimes I want to hear the music and the lyrics take a back position, and vice versa. For instance, it would probably feel a little weird to listen to Icelandic rap, or Japanese, but then again, I don't always listen to the lyrics in Swedish or English rap either. It's the same with most music I listen to. Except when it comes to Japnoise. I don't listen to noise at all, regardless of language, origin or roots.

 

Listening to the D400 now and I have to say that my suspicion was correct. I enjoy it. However, some criticism its been getting has been correct: it seems rolled off in the treble, and the bass capabilities are exaggerated by Denon (for being extra incredible earthquake bass headphones, these are fairly bass light and I'd even say that the UE6000 are bassier). That said, they sound quite good to my ears, and while the bass was underwhelming it was more of a "tasteful addition" to a rather mid-centric sound, than the main attraction (think: less is more). I wouldn't call them a downgrade to either UE6000 nor the D2000, but more of a sidegrade that probably won't satisfy fans of a V-shaped, or balanced, sound; they're not better nor worse, just different. You can also hear that the drivers are quite capable of a good sound, but you may need to EQ them a fair bit to reach your preference. I like them they way are. They are also extremely comfortable except for the headband. I will of course buy the D600 at some point, but I think I've bought enough crap for a while now, and I need to start putting money elsewhere, like for instance the bank.


Edited by Coq de Combat - 2/11/14 at 12:53am
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This question obviously brings to mind Sigur Ros and other artists who sing in gibberish (as well as the amusing in game soundtrack of the Sims series). 

 

The more I think about it the more I think the idea is interesting, because when you don't understand the language the singing becomes something in between lyrics and just a series of percussive / melodic sounds. Simply because we understand that there IS some meaning behind the sounds that makes sense to someone.

 

Even in the case of gibberish lyrics, when it doesn't. But then again, maybe we are sensitive to some kind of underlying structure that tips us off to some possible meaning (which we consciously know doesn't exist). When you listen to scat singing it obviously doesn't feel the same as when someone is singing some gibberish with its own internal logic. Hmmm.

 

 


Edited by a_recording - 2/11/14 at 2:18am
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Anyone trying out this iTunes radio thingy? I'm curious as to how curated it is compared to hive mind algorithms like last.fm etc. I've never actually used Pandora or Spotify but it's kind of cool that I can set iTunes to just play random tracks from around the world.

 

On a broader note, what do you diary threaders think about listening to music that isn't sung in English? Do you feel like you miss out on anything or gain anything by not understanding the lyrics? I like the way particular languages sound. Certainly I do think that Korean has a particular sound to it that makes it just fun for pop music. It's weird how not understanding the music makes the singing oddly textural, as if by bypassing the language centres of the brain you concentrate more on other aspects.

 

I remember listening to some black metal back in the day.  Took me a while to work out the vocals were in Norwegian or whatever.  A lot of Scandinavian black metal isn't in english, and to be honest I don't really care that much.  A lot of bands struggle to make meaningful vocals, so I'm perfectly happy not to understand what is being said.  I think some bands would be better of singing in their native language because their lyrics are kind of lame in English or any language.

 

I like the nonsensical vocals in Sigur Ros - I sometimes feel that the vocals of certain songs detract from the music because they are so lame.  If the vocals can't be understood they can't detract from anything, and as you say are free to become just as abstract as the rest of the music.

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