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suzyq
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posted: 8/21/2005 at 9:57:24 AM ET
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They are performers or entertainers, rock, rap etc are not artists. It's hard for me to understand how these performers can be called artists. Most of these performers counldn't be heard without mikes. I think that Broadway Musicals sometimes sound like a CD - and for the most part, people who perform on Broadway have legitimate voices and the orchestra is composed of well-trained musicians. Why does everything have to be so loud?

I have a hard time calling this music to begin with. It all sounds pretty much the same to me - hammering away at the same few notes.

My guess that the same was said about rock 'n' roll and folk songs - and I don't recall the Beatles, the Mama and the Papas, Peter, Paul and Mary referred to as artists, but they were/are in a way.

Guess there's something for everyone.

imnidiot
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posted: 8/21/2005 at 12:20:39 PM ET
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This is basically the topic of discussion on the rap thread which has been going back and forth. It all boils down to taste, and in some cases, a lack of values. It can be compared to todays athletes, many of whom have as their only goal to become obsenely wealthy, and indulge in all the secular pleasures this world has to offer.

I am a fragment of my imagination

timtam89
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posted: 8/22/2005 at 9:23:33 AM ET
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Defining music is as difficult as defining art or anything. It is a problem that has been tackled at various times by philosophers, lexicographers, composers, teachers, semioticians or semiologists, linguists and other scientists, students, and various other musicians. The word has been used to mean various things from "any euphonious and pleasing sound" to only a printed document showing how a piece is to be performed (as in sheet music) to any organized sound(s). The question of what the art form called music actually consists of is something that is still debated today. Defining music is as difficult as defining art or anything. It is a problem that has been tackled at various times by philosophers, lexicographers, composers, teachers, semioticians or semiologists, linguists and other scientists, students, and various other musicians. The word has been used to mean various things from "any euphonious and pleasing sound" to only a printed document showing how a piece is to be performed (as in sheet music) to any organized sound(s). The question of what the art form called music actually consists of is something that is still debated today. (off an encyclopedia)

As i music student at university, I was always told the simplest definition of music was organised sound. Personally, I would call or describe rap etc as more musical than Nicholas Cage's 4'33, or any of his prepared piano pieces.

This does not mean however,that I agree with the marketing and use of the human body to sell music...


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