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Old 04-04-2010, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you think we get them? Are we affected by what we are exposed to growing up? Is it something random? Is there ANY real explanation at all?

I love 90s music, which is what I grew up with. But when I was younger I loved Native American music, Trance, and the first song I ever really liked enough to listen to obsessively was The Preachers - Flatliners (Dash Mix) which was when I was around 9. For the record I still love all these genres, and Flatliners.. although I'm still trying to figure out why.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm midway through a unit of lectures about this at university at the moment.

To sum up what I know so far, lots of reasons, media input, what our parents like (either by liking what they like, or liking what they don't like as an act of rebellion), what our peers like, and age has a role to play as well (less mainstream as age increases (apparently))

I'll type some stuff out tomorrow morning before I get the train if anyone's interested and I get up with enough time to do it. I could probably PM a link to one of the unit reading PDFs we have on the uni website as well, if anyone's interested just ask.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I heard a person's musical taste is from what is fimilar to them when they are a child. What music person hears a child hears the scales that music uses becomes normal and then after a certain age what they will sound foriegn and strange. Some describe language as being hardwired in the brain, the same thing happens to a certain type of music too. That doesn't mean if your parents like country you'll like country, but the scales you hear in Country music are the same intervals used in the scales in Western music so that becomes the scale intervals sound normal and other scale with more different intervals sound more exotic. People who heard Western music think it sounds strange because it uses a tempered scale.

I guess because of the media they're is a wide range of world music that a person has the chance of hearing; they is a chance now that people will grow up with different musical taste the people a generation before them -it all depends though.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think it's more of a thing you pick up as you grow from the people you're around than anything like that to be honest, I don't think language is hard wired either (but that's a whole different topic). I'll dig that slideshow from our lecture out later today, off to record a Justin Timberlake cover in a minute
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it comes down to who you're friends with at an early age, and what you feel is 'cool' at that time.. (Chart music) Until you grow up and realise y'know what, my ears actually DON'T like that. I'm gonna listen to this type of music.

Scared of being judged at an early age, where you just want to fit in and music plays a big part of that, until you can get your own identity..
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My music taste has been consistently evolving for a long, long time. Pretty much constantly. It was born out of whatever I was exposed to at an impressionable age, what my friends were listening to and id say my biggest influence at an early age was my sister who bought me any old shit I was showing an interest in while also discreetly trying to guide me away from it.

Apart from certain resources over time, i have to say specific people have helped to mould my music taste by opening certain doors for me to then go and run through them.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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my current tastes are nothing like the music i listened to growing up. i have a few throwback albums from my childhood in my music library, but very little else.

in fact, many the styles of music i enjoy today didn't even exist when i was a kid.

of course, it's hard to say what my tastes in music even are. i listen to so many different genres that it's impossible to pin it down...
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I know that I always enjoyed the music that my parents listen to. REM being what I enjoy the most. I've gone so far as collecting bootlegs of rare performances (especially shows played in Toronto clubs that don't exist anymore). I've also developed my own tastes based on what my friends have been listening to over the years. Some mainstream and a lot of indie. I try and go to clubs to see local (or fairly local) bands and artists perform. The music is usually always new, original and raw. I love the live sound of an indie band.

I've spent the last few years listening to indie stuff. Because of my searches for REM rarities, I've discovered a lot of the other bands from the Athens, GA area, like the dB's (who were playing the same clubs at the same time as REM), and the bands that came a little later like Neutral Milk Hotel.

However, I've been rediscovering all the mainstream stuff that played on the radio when I was a kid. The best gift I ever got when I was a kid was a little portable walkman/radio that I carried everywhere. All the late 90's mainstream stuff brings back a lot of good memories!
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I suck in music knowledge =/
..but i like browsing the threads and youtubing music songs/artists that i read about.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think your music tastes depend a lot on what you hear when you're younger, from your friends, parents, radio, etc., and then as you get older what you listen to to fit in, and what kind of person you are; there's a reason there's not many Christian death metal bands and such.
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