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allmusic.com

I thought I knew about music on the Internet, but I guess there is always more to learn. One of Mike's friends, Rocky, told me about a site called allmusic.com. I've seen plenty of music databases in my time, but this one is really neat. I'm particularly enamored of the feature that they call the "tone" of the artist. Tonight as I was making a CD from my vinyl Court of the Crimson King, I decided to look up King Crimson's tone. Here is is:

Epic, Sprawling, Meandering, Austere, Reflective, Intense, Plaintive, Wistful, Fiery, Ominous, Complex, Gloomy, Rousing, Poignant, Trippy, Aggressive, Quirky, Theatrical, Cerebral, Sophisticated, Eerie, Brooding, Volatile

No wonder I like King Crimson.

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elusivebyte
Dec. 19th, 2003 05:46 pm (UTC)
One of those odd coincidences.
So I had never heard of King Crimson when I read this post, so I downloaded a few MP3's to check them out. One of them was "In the Hall of the Crimson King" or some such. I listened to it once and haven't since. Kinda cool music though. So then, a couple of weeks later (today), I'm checking out Winamp 5.0 and it's "Internet Radio" channel selection and tune into "a Psychodelic 60's Rock station". What comes on? That same song.

Never heard it before in my life as far as I know, and now I hear it twice in as many weeks from two different sources. When I listen to the radio, I listen to the 60's and 70's station here in Rochester most of the time. Yet I had never heard of King Crimson.

Heh, it's the same kind of coincidence like when you learn a new word, you suddenly hear it used everywhere. Maybe it's just psychological. Maybe I've heard "King Crimson" a dozen times but never paid an ounce of attention to it.
hostirad
Dec. 19th, 2003 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: One of those odd coincidences.
Heh, it's the same kind of coincidence like when you learn a new word, you suddenly hear it used everywhere. Maybe it's just psychological. Maybe I've heard "King Crimson" a dozen times but never paid an ounce of attention to it.

I like to take a wave-particle view of coincidences. That is to say, a coincidence can always be seen alternatively as "mere" coincidence, completely explicable in natural terms, and as a synchronicity, a sign of a larger order beyond our current naturalistic understanding of the world.
elusivebyte
Jan. 9th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
So I found a "Psychodelic 60's Rock" internet radio station: www.techwebsound.com. I listen to it all the time at work now. They play a TON of music I've never heard before, and a lot of it is quite good. They, of course, play a lot of music I have heard too. So about once a day I hear a song by King Crimson. Sometimes not for a couple of days. They play some pretty cool music.

This station is unique (as far as I know) in that they play ads from the 60's as if this were an actual live station from the 60's. Some of the ads are just weird. Also, so many bands performed music for products like Coke and Pepsi. And some of those songs are a minute long or more! They're such tools... :)
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