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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:18 pm

Most people when they think of a weird song, it seems to me they think of genres mixing that don't normally mix, or strange dissonance in the melodies / unusual beats or noise/experimental genres of music. What's REALLY the strangest songs you've ever heard? I mean, BIZARRE folks - strange of the strange.

I'm going to set the bar high and say one of weirdest music pieces is John Cage's 4'33"



Actually anything by John Cage and his "chance music" is just extremely odd.

Another song, from 1925 of all times, is Henry Cowell's "The Banshee".
The only instrument used is a piano by the way.



Something a little more modern. Brighter Death Now's "Rain Red Rain"

Just a suggestion on this one - don't skip around on it. Listen to the whole thing.
Listen to all the other things happening in the song besides the obvious "pain note".
Don't wimp out! YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Razz


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Post by Throne of thorns on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:54 pm

the cage one is a classic.

A friend and I did a recording similar to the Henry Cowell number.

The Brighter death now number I"m going to listen to right through later, and look it up on you tube, I really dig this! Creepy and completely bleak. thanks for sharing. I have one to share later if I can find it and remember the name of it. It is a women screaming like she is being beheaded or something, it is the strangest thing I have heard. A little bit like at the end of Vengeance first album but longer and stranger. I heard through a friend who is a goth. Cheers.
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Post by messiaen77 on Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:14 am

I love using both of those examples in class.  There's a great story about the Cage piece.  He was a composer in residence and at the end of the semester there was a concert of his music in his honor.  One of the pieces was, of course, 4'33".  At the end of the semesters in music schools all of the students are busy preparing for juries (where you go and perform for the faculty in your area).  At this particular school, there were practice rooms on the second floor against the back wall of the auditorium.  So the performer walks on stage and starts the piece, meanwhile, there's a piano student in one of the practice rooms practicing a Mozart piano sonata.  In the silence, the audience can hear the student practicing.  As he goes through the piece, he gets to this difficult part and messes up.  He goes back a little bit to try again and messes up again.  He keeps repeating and keeps messing up in the same spot, so he starts banging on the piano and cussing.  People in the auditorium were shifting uncomfortably, but Cage was sitting in the front row with a big grin.

In the spirit of those avant garde classical examples, here's some Harry Partch.  Partch was part of the just temperment movement that attempts to use only naturally-derived intervals in tuning (standard piano tuning is what is called equal temperment, where the octave is divided into 12 equal parts).  Partch's system has 43 pitches in an octave.  He had to create his own instruments to play it.  This is a musical setting of graffiti found under an overpass in Barstow, California.

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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by Zymologist on Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:07 pm

I listened to a couple songs by Igorrr* the other day, and it was pretty bizarre.

*This isn't a typo.

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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:00 am

One of the weirdest types of music I have ever heard was a Christmas CD I had... I think it was called "Rubber Band" and it was Christmas songs played with office supplies like rubber bands, staplers, etc. I wish I still had it because now that I think about it, it was kind of cool.
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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:01 am

hahaha, I don't know if this was it or not but it was like this.

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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by Friday13th on Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:29 pm

Cool thread! I dig weird stuff. 
@messiaen77 I've heard of microtonal music, but I thought it was an instrumental thing. Sounds like Frank Zappa to me, but you've peaked my interest. 

I've been listening to The Residents lately. You know you're listening to a weird band when "Constantinople" is their most popular song. 



This Karlheinz Stockhausen song "Gesang Der Junglinge" is often considered the first electronic masterpiece. Not what you'd expect.



"Mekanik Kommandoh" by Magma will forever be my jam when I feel like going nuts. This is weird but actually really awesome:

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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by Zymologist on Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:18 pm

The ending of this song is...interesting.


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Post by Friday13th on Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:03 am

messiaen77 wrote:I love using both of those examples in class.  There's a great story about the Cage piece.  He was a composer in residence and at the end of the semester there was a concert of his music in his honor.  One of the pieces was, of course, 4'33".  At the end of the semesters in music schools all of the students are busy preparing for juries (where you go and perform for the faculty in your area).  At this particular school, there were practice rooms on the second floor against the back wall of the auditorium.  So the performer walks on stage and starts the piece, meanwhile, there's a piano student in one of the practice rooms practicing a Mozart piano sonata.  In the silence, the audience can hear the student practicing.  As he goes through the piece, he gets to this difficult part and messes up.  He goes back a little bit to try again and messes up again.  He keeps repeating and keeps messing up in the same spot, so he starts banging on the piano and cussing.  People in the auditorium were shifting uncomfortably, but Cage was sitting in the front row with a big grin.

In the spirit of those avant garde classical examples, here's some Harry Partch.  Partch was part of the just temperment movement that attempts to use only naturally-derived intervals in tuning (standard piano tuning is what is called equal temperment, where the octave is divided into 12 equal parts).  Partch's system has 43 pitches in an octave.  He had to create his own instruments to play it.  This is a musical setting of graffiti found under an overpass in Barstow, California.


Shocked Omigosh, dude. I was just reading up on this guy and realized he wrote this stuff in the 1940s. Frank Zappa lists his song "U.S. Highball" as a huge influence. I'll never poo-poo on the 1940s again.
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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:38 pm

That Igorrr band is AWESOME.
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Post by Zymologist on Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:44 pm

ThomasEversole wrote:That Igorrr band is AWESOME.

Yeah, I like them a lot more than I thought I would, when I first heard them.

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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by sadvader on Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:09 pm

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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by Remnant_Militia on Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:46 pm

Not quite as unorthodox as some of the previous posts, but the weirdest band i listen too is ex-girl.



and here's a cover of "Alabama song".
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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by Guest on Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:45 pm

Probably the weirdest I listen to is either Steve Roach or BABYMETAL.

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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by Pastèque on Tue May 17, 2016 5:32 pm


And interesting for lyrics (wtf and disgusting about radioactive couscous):

Spoiler:

gastronomico-nuclear Centre Orne,
Laboratory delta 13

Level 2,
Subject: individual study male,
Number 4,

After swallowing synthetic couscous,
At base uranium,
Since then, death wheat
Semolina particle transmutation
Experimentation,

Top left,
Eye orbit escapes, rolls in plate,
Right ear liquefies,
Testicles bounce off carpet
Liver flows through the navel

chorus:
radioactive contamination,
Involution, he'll kick the bucket

Sneezing tongue stuck to the wall,
Nostrils remains in handkerchief,
Andean music played by the femurs,
In meninges swimming tadpoles,
The bearings are shipped in mouth
With two coasts like pinball,
Rectum becomes fair throne flies 1
00 tubes acids eat away the heart

Refrain
(Gastric noises)

Intestines down in calves,
Famished,
cranial nerves became laces,
The brain a boot,
The guinea pig defecates his pancreas,
By surprise his arms fall,
He narrowed the vertebrae are bunched together,
The spleen explodes like a bomb

Chorus (x2)

experience Conclusion No. 4,
Remains only a meatball,
With three toes,
finals Attention
Two toes,

A,
Zero,
Now couscous-boulettium R ++ more plentiful for guinea pig number 5,
Third World man has entered, I
These laboratory delta 13, Level 2,

Subject: individual study male,
After swallowing synthetic couscous
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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by TheOldMan2084 on Wed May 25, 2016 5:15 pm

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum definitely takes the cake for me. Weirdest stuff I ever heard.
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Re: WEIRDEST music you've ever heard

Post by oldschooldoom on Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:26 am

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