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Questions tagged [music]

This tag should be used for questions related to the significance of music or its influence on those who can hear it.

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Parrots for tone-deaf people where magic is performed through song (followup)

In my previous question: Magic for tone-deaf people in a world where magic is performed through song it was suggested by Ynneadwraith (many thanks by the way) that animals that produce music would ...
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Magic for tone-deaf people in a world where magic is performed through song

In a world of magic, spells are songs. They aren't easy to sing and becoming truly proficient requires a similar amount of time and effort as it does to become an opera singer on Earth. Of course some ...
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Does harmony have to be invented?

The oldest known musical instruments are a set of bone and ivory flutes from around 42,000 years ago. Paleolithic tribesmen undoubtedly played these instruments gathered around the campfire, as an ...
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Universal translation and nonsense lyrics

I've been drafting a science fiction story that places a lot of emphases on the vastness of culture. One way technique I've been using is language and the hassle of translation. Earth has abut 4,500 ...
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In modern day combat, what would warrant singing during battle?

Cicad the singer is having a downtime in his career. Over the millennia, Cicad sang anywhere from royal courts to farmers' cottages and have been rewarded with many, many hand-claps. But to keep ...
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What could cause Mozart to be a common name? [closed]

My Keplerians, a humanoid race that looks similar to humans on the outside but is not human, have a futuristic civilization on 1 planet and a stone age civilization on a similar planet. The futuristic ...
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Everyone on starship enjoys classical music. But why? [closed]

This could be rather meta question itself, because you can allways say: Public domain. Yes, I am aware, that most of sci-fi movies have to pay intellectual property fees, so having your crew enjoy ...
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How could a musician get continent famous without radio or instant communication? [closed]

In the 26th century, 500 years after a nuclear apocalypse, most modern technological marvels, like radio, television and telephone have been wiped out. Which means, if you want to find out what’s ...
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Is it possible to create a giant, water-powered music box?

On another world, there is giant ravine leading into a cave where a sentient species live (Let's call them Cavers). They have limited access to materials; the only resources they have are rocks, ...
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Music from the Stars - How would a star-sound-machine work?

In my fictional setting, part of the civilization has a strong astronomical alignment. Religion and Science are hard to distinguish and new scientific discoveries strengthen it´s faith in the heavenly ...
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How do I write a spell for mermaids? [closed]

I am writing a world in which humanoids are turned into merpeople via a song-spell. Any ideas on how do write one? I would like it to be in a different language, maybe a mix of Tolkien Elvish, Latin, ...
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What would an instrument adapted to playing dodecaphonic music look like?

Suppose that there was a culture that naturally developed a musical system/tradition that us western Earth people would call a "loose" interpretation of dodecaphony or 12-tone music (https://en....
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Why do most of us love music? [closed]

Why do some of us enjoy music? And how did it even started in the first place? It somehow just appeared with us and stayed in most of our existence. We all can't escape music. It shows up on radios, ...
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How to Design Wind Instruments for a Race With Snouts

Wind instruments--such as flutes, panpipes, and even glass bottles--are able to create sounds due to air being blown over the top of or into an opening on a given instrument. This is largely possible ...
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How to use sound to replace signage

Background In an environment with little visibility/short line of sight, in a roughly medieval setting, people who wish to represent their business and guilds etc., choose do so using sounds/music. ...
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Is playing electronic music on a custom set of instruments a feasible way of live performance for a culture?

I love electronic music in various subgenres, and I really often wish I could see the tracks performing on instruments in a way that makes it much more theatrical and visually appealing. Of course, ...
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Other, non-synthetic materials for drum heads besides animal skins

I am writing about a race that uses almost no animal products (nothing that kills the animal; dairy products, eggs, cast-off deer antlers, wool, and honey are fine, and the verdict is still out on ...
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Can an AI and a human sync together with music

Related Now let's look at a different version: Humans fight against robots. In order to level the playground, every human has an AI "conductor", who helps by forming plans and then transmitting it ...
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How to synchronize squad tactics against robots with music?

Back in my story, organic beings and AIs fight together against a frightening enemy, one that threatens everyone's freedom and chance to overcome their flaws and achieve a peaceful world. However, in ...
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Is there a reason why similar or the same musical instruments would develop?

In a lot of fantasy world's the instruments used are the same or very similar to our own, the real reason why is obvious: the creators would have to create a music system from the down up which is ...
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Why is a song more famous than a band?

In a world and time very much like ours around 2000, how could I explain that all kinds of pop music strictly separate composer, author (lyricist) and performer (interpreter), just like we are used to ...
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Would we find alien music meaningful?

I’ve seen a description of how a group of notes is chosen, so the concepts starting with the octave are based on natural phenomena and principles. For example, an object will vibrate with a ...
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Is playing musical instruments easier or harder with fewer fingers? [closed]

Say humans had 3 digits per hand instead of 5, 1 thumb and 2 fingers then which musical instruments could we play better and which ones would be harder or impossible to play? -Computers do not count ...
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Is it possible to make a organ-size piano?

The organ is a truly epic instrument, being enormous, capable of outputting sound volume surpassing a whole symphonic orchestra… having multiple keyboards, including pedal keyboard, and additionally a ...
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Tunes to hum to identify other travellers from Earth on parallel worlds?

An English speaking person has accidentally fallen through to a parallel world and is now stuck there with no hope of return. English and other Earth-native languages are not spoken there. As they ...
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Is music weaponizable for small-scale melee fighting?

Some people say music soothes the souls. However, could it have an effect on small-scale fights? The scenario I'm wondering about is quite similar to Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy: A human is ...
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What kind of human music do badger-folk like?

Okay, so now that we've established that the badger folk (or Melinae sapien, if you want to be politically correct) are trading their ore to the humans for cat food. Now we need to determine what ...
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Playing music during battle?

I always found it interesting, and it was clearly inspiring to the soldiers, that there were drummers and fifers during the 18th and 19th centuries, playing music during marches into battle. However, ...
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How to give my singing creatures a beautiful voice?

My world contains a race of creature that does not speak to communicate, they sing. They are humanoids, living in similar conditions as humans. They are intelligent, they have a complex langage, ...
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What types of musical instruments would develop underwater?

Water is different from air, and sound waves propagate through water in a different way than they do in air (caused in part by interactions with the bottom of the body of water). For a society living ...
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Could rap/hip-hop exist in medieval times?

From what I know about these music styles, the only problematic part may be the instruments - sampling was impossible in medieval times. Apart from that, is there anything, which would rap music ...
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Solving the difficulties of a world based on harmonics

If you were to do a plane or world where music interacts with everything and instruments are essentially able to influence reality based on how they are played, what would be the practical ...