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How do you listen to your music?
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How do you listen to your Music………?

In the fifty plus years I have been a music fan , I have been interested in how different people listen to their music …….in particular…..I am interested in the process they go through and the way they pick put what is important to them.  Of course we all do have our own way of listening………
I have come across many different focus points which people apply .

·         The lyrics first approach……here the listener focuses on the words and what they mean to them and how they identify with what is being said .

·         The impressionist …………..here the overall “sound and feel” of the music is central to the listening experience.  The whole song creates an atmosphere and neither the music or the lyric completely dominates….at times the listener might be unaware of more than the sound of the lyric …it becomes an instrument and the lyrics are less the focus …the music drives the reaction and emotional response .

·         The recall of a piece of personal history…here the song is associated with a particular time or feel from a certain time in one’s life .

·         The analytical listener….here the individual instruments are noticed and attention is given to how the instrument is played ….the same can apply to the vocal .

·         The interactions …….how the bass complements the drum pattern say …or how the vocal are fitted to the pace and rhythm of the percussion or bass line…..

·         The emotional approach….here the music can trigger or is associated with particular emotions .

·         The music first approach …putting the lyrics into the background and concentrating on the music.

·         The musicianship approach…..looking at how well the performers play their instruments and demonstrate their abilities and range.

·         The feel and texture approach…..often talked about by classical lovers…they look for the texture of a passage and the way they players interpret the score…

·         The HI-Fi approach….looking at how well the music is recorded, how pure it sounds and how well the frequency range is used, the dynamics , the pitch accuracy, how good pressing or digitisation it is….. etc

·         The Record Producer …how well the musical aspects are blended…how the producer uses the studio to shape and form the production.  
 
 
So, how do you listen? Do you use one of the above approaches or several? Do you have another approach? Does you approach vary with the piece of music?
 
Use this thread to enlighten us and share your approach…….over to you …..
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#2
I generally hear the music first. obviously, because songs generally open with music,
if the music fails to interest me within several seconds then the rest of the song has a hard time convincing me to enjoy it...
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#3
Impressionist for me. All the rest of the elements I will look at/listen to later. The first wave has to hit first. Then I am drawn in to examine it in more detail. It's like seeing a really beautiful woman for the first time. You don't know why she appeals to you but you find out over time. The power of the first impression. Can't escape it...
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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#4
I listen on the radio and at the You Tube website.

God bless you always!!!

Holly
Listen to my most favorite singer here sometime, James Otto that is!
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#5
I am a YouTube music addict now ! I am playing more guitar these days since I moved my "studio" from the main bedroom to the den ! I listen to most music from the reccos and song vids here at MD !
 The ultimate connection is between a performer and its' audience!
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please define "studio" SteveO so im not confused as to what you mean?!???
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#7
Definitely 'impressionist' for me, gryphon, but I have a feeling there's a little bit of all the other types you mention contained within that impression. I can't begin to think of compartmentalizing at all, initially, and only later will try to focus on different elements for a better understanding, if so inclined, and then usually only if I like what I've heard to begin with. Kinda difficult to be exact though, because I think the way one listens also depends on the genre.
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