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3-23-2008 @ 10:46PM
The problem is that most people tend to think of the music that a particular race makes is related to the culture they relate to in earth (Forsaken are metal, Dwarves are scottish bagpipe). It would be better to examine it from an anthropological perspective, looking at culture and environment to get an idea, and the /dance is one of the best indicators of that. Here's my take on them:Orc: Both sexes have a very hip-hop/rap style of dance, so they probably have a slower form of music with a lot of swung 16th notes. However, the warrior culture would also imply that there would be an emphasis on dramatic, "call to arms" sort of music, so perhaps loud drums and horns playing long, drawn-out notes with complicated 16th notes underneath from softer instruments.Troll: Dan's pretty much on the money here, dance and the presence of drums suggests an up-tempo, rhythmic style of music.Undead: despite the "DEATH METAL!!!!" pop culture references within Forsaken culture, the technology obviously doesn't exist for it. I'd think they would more be into chamber music, focusing on string instruments, but with chaotic, extreme tempos (either very slow or very fast) and a lot of dissonance.Tauren: Once again, very drum-oriented, but the dances seem to suggest an emphasis on, well, dance music. So probably not a lot of complexity, but with an emphasis on grove.Belf: the dances seem to suggest a style with sexual undertones (think disco or R&B). The heavy presence of hookahs in SC would also suggest some sort of "Jam" music empasis, something a young female belf could spend hours dancing to.Humans: Bring on the cheese! Males do the Saturday Night Fever dance, and females do the Macarena, so I'd say they prefer their music to be rather mild and unthreatening, sort of medieval pop music.Gnomes: The combining of music with technology is likely, although probably more like music boxes than synths. The dances are rather jerky though, so they'd have a style with steady, highly staccato (short, brief) 8th notes.Nelfs: Similar to belfs, although with rhythms more attuned to Taurens.Dwarves: I'm going to nix the bagpipes idea here in favor of high-paced music, something similar either to dance music or Eastern European music, with a lot of 16th note flurries.Dranaei: Very busy music. Lots of complicated beats, multiple rhythms building off each other.
3-23-2008 @ 10:59PM
That was very well-written and interesting. Thank you for posting it here.(By the way, this is Z... I used Z by mistake.)
3-24-2008 @ 12:05AM
This is fascinating...could you maybe give examples so we (or at least I) could have a more concrete idea of what types of music you mean? I love the idea of dissonant chamber music for the Forsaken, that's just wicked cool.
3-24-2008 @ 12:50AM
For the nelves, I would think something more along the lines of Asiatic stringed instruments. Very busy, but harmonious and soothing and less tribal as we think of it. They'd probably also use a different scale than the traditional octave (assuming that's what Azeroth uses) since they've been so isolated for 10,000 years. But overall, I do agree.
3-24-2008 @ 1:44AM
While I agree that we have to look at this question with less attachment to 'earth' music, as long as L70ETC is canon/lore, the "no appropriate technology" argument doesn't hold up. It may work magic based instead of electricity based, but the 'modern' type of music is there.
3-24-2008 @ 10:05AM
Man that is a brilliant post. I have a similar feeling with the Gnomes, but no way could have I said anything like that.I would've just called it ska.
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