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Demise of the intro
2017-10-04, 20:12
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Demise of the intro
Just seen this on the Beeb
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41500692

Being a classical fan it doesn't really affect me, but it's a sad reflection on the way we live our lives now.

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2017-10-04, 21:01
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RE: Demise of the intro
Although not being a classical fan, be assured that this trend makes me sad as well. Let's face it, the vast majority is neither interested in an arc of suspense as provided by long intros nor the best possibly rendition one could afford. It's sad, but true. We are an extinct species…

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2017-10-04, 22:23
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Hmm. The examples they use don't really support the argument. They are not really slow build intros are they? Papa Was a Rolling Stone kicks in with the insistent beat and the main riff. Money for Nothing starts with a stark guitar riff then a rather enthusiastic bit of drumming. They both grab the attenti9n straight away.
Also, if you consider EDM as 'modern music' then pretty much every track has a minimum of 30s of slow build.
So Im not sure this is good journalism.

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2017-10-04, 22:59
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RE: Demise of the intro
Not really my genre so I wouldn't know as I don't actively listen to this stuff, but I read it as "the music is irrelevant, let's cut straight to the vocals lest we lose our audience and therefore our advertising revenue".
The only track I have from the list is Eye of the Tiger and I do agree that it does immediately grab and hold the attention. The list was based on absolute length though rather than effect, so maybe poor choices - having seen the youngsters where I work and elsewhere though I do see exactly where the article is coming from and do find it depressing that those attitudes are pandered to, but then it's about money rather than art.
So poorly written with poor examples, but the sentiment is there. Maybe the author was distracted whilst idly flicking through their music collection Smile

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2017-10-05, 08:46
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RE: Demise of the intro
If a tune is played for less than 30 seconds on Spotify, it doesn't count as a play and the artist is not paid.

Hence the shorter intro times.

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2017-10-05, 11:20
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Blame nano-second attention spans, in the age of instant gratification. These kids don't know what they're missing...

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2017-10-05, 13:21
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So Spotify (& others I assume) introduce rules which damage the music... Short sighted? Do shorter (or no) intro times actually make things worse or just different?
It's all too deep for me, I'm going to listen to some music (with no vocals most likely) Smile

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2017-10-05, 13:31 (This post was last modified: 2017-10-05 13:31 by Donald.)
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(2017-10-05 13:21)phino Wrote:  It's all too deep for me, I'm going to listen to some music (with no vocals most likely)

It's all too much for me as well - an Opera without an Overture, whatever next will these young people dream up? Smile

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2017-10-05, 13:42
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Would Aerosmith's 'Amazing' be the same if Steven Tyler just went rip from the first bar? I think not! lol

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2017-10-06, 03:35
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I'll echo Sunbeamgls about the long intros in electonica, and throw in hip hop/rap as well.

Funny that I was talking about finding new music on Tidal with paulsurround last week, and I was complaining that you have to listen to long intros to get a taste of the song.

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