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michael sandler

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Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« on: February 21, 2010, 03:38:19 PM »
Is it just my subjective perception, that I want it to end so badly that it seems like it never does, or is it really part of the badness that the composer doesn't know when to say "enough"?

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010, 03:42:20 PM »
I don't see any statistical relevance between quality and length of songs.

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2010, 05:28:45 PM »
Is it just my subjective perception, that I want it to end so badly that it seems like it never does, or is it really part of the badness that the composer doesn't know when to say "enough"?

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;D  It does seem true. Also, when I used to work in a music store I noticed that the worst musicians always seem to play the loudest.
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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2010, 05:37:55 PM »
The worst long songs are the ones that are just a never ending wall of sound with no regards to dynamics or changing the sound, so at the end, your ears are like "Enough already!"  That holds true for shorter songs as well.  Long pieces like the Immersion series or where the music is quiet and has dynamics are usually the best.

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2010, 06:19:37 AM »
Psychologically, even a 3 minute song goes on way too long if you can't stand it.
Kinda the same with tv commercials.
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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2010, 07:14:26 AM »
Totally agree with APK - doesn't matter the length... and it's those really darn catchy ones that are horrid that sneak back into your head days later and torment your soul on endless repeat.

And of course, my horrid soul rending song on endless loop is someone elses favorite tune of all time.  ;-)
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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2010, 11:56:49 AM »
This reminds me of a quotation from the late Gene Siskel:

No good movie is too long, no bad movie is short enough.

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2010, 01:59:42 PM »
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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2010, 04:24:46 PM »
One incredibly sickening trick is to play the chorus over and over ad nausium, then when you thought you couldn't take anymore they change up the key and continue.  ::)

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2010, 09:04:23 PM »
The worst long songs are the ones that are just a never ending wall of sound with no regards to dynamics or changing the sound, so at the end, your ears are like "Enough already!" 

I agree with that. Though, it's quite subjective. Also it depends on the mood. Sometimes one certain track is too short for me to enjoy (so I usually play it on the loop few times). Some tracks are too long to pay attention, so I use them as background music usually, while eating or reading.

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2010, 03:33:55 AM »
Psychologically, even a 3 minute song goes on way too long if you can't stand it.
Kinda the same with tv commercials.

Did you know? Ten seconds of Shakira can do serious harm to your mental health.

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2010, 03:55:47 AM »
Psychologically, even a 3 minute song goes on way too long if you can't stand it.
Kinda the same with tv commercials.

Did you know? Ten seconds of Shakira can do serious harm to your mental health.

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Sometimes the best thing to do is hit the mute button and watch the visuals.  ;D
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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2010, 04:35:40 AM »

Sometimes the best thing to do is hit the mute button and watch the visuals.  ;D

that's what I was intending to say too :D

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2010, 06:10:00 AM »
Is it just my subjective perception, that I want it to end so badly that it seems like it never does, or is it really part of the badness that the composer doesn't know when to say "enough"?

MikeS
;D  It does seem true. Also, when I used to work in a music store I noticed that the worst musicians always seem to play the loudest.

I swear I read somewhere that the volume knob on Steve Roach's didgeridoo only goes up to 9.

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2010, 10:29:26 AM »
When you say "songs" do you mean non-ambient music? Because I wouldn't call Steve Roach's music "songs," but rather pieces or tracks.  Anways, I've never noticed any correlation between length and quality.  Plenty of "short" tracks that are annoying as hell. I rectify this by just not listening to them.  ;D

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2010, 11:54:05 AM »
Psychologically, even a 3 minute song goes on way too long if you can't stand it.
Kinda the same with tv commercials.

Did you know? Ten seconds of Shakira can do serious harm to your mental health.

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I was gonna say it depends on what the 10 seconds with Shakira consist of....and wonder of bad taste I have liked a couple of her tracks, yes I mean the music....

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2010, 03:05:59 PM »
Psychologically, even a 3 minute song goes on way too long if you can't stand it.
Kinda the same with tv commercials.

Did you know? Ten seconds of Shakira can do serious harm to your mental health.

Stephen

I was gonna say it depends on what the 10 seconds with Shakira consist of....and wonder of bad taste I have liked a couple of her tracks, yes I mean the music....

Yeah, sure ;).

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Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2010, 03:06:47 PM »
When you say "songs" do you mean non-ambient music? Because I wouldn't call Steve Roach's music "songs," but rather pieces or tracks.  Anways, I've never noticed any correlation between length and quality.  Plenty of "short" tracks that are annoying as hell. I rectify this by just not listening to them.  ;D

I've noticed this feeling with ambient, pop, and classical music. No matter how long the piece/song/track/work is, it seems like it goes on forever. Sometimes I turn the station and go back after surely enough time that it's over...and it's still there!

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