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English term English translation
promotional write-up promotional text
"The musical IQ" or "The IQ musicals"?? Musical IQ/High Musical IQ
*front* Pretending to be something you\'re not
25 or 6 to 4 3:35 or 3:34 (am)
a capacitor and a backplate. you have no knowledge of the subject matter
a musical idea recorded A song lyric, tune, or musical idea occurs, and recording it will save it
Alice Cooper blue Alice Cooper Blue lacquer finish
ancient-Leedy-looking made to look like the old-style "Leedy" drums
Arash Shirazi of Bullit Bookings a person named Arash Shirazi of a company, named Bullit Bookings, that schedules performances
Entered by: Michael Powers (PhD)
as cool as gear is no matter how cool equipment is
as strong as the weakest link If the weakest link fails, the whole chain is useless
authorial/authored/authorship avoid "author" and derivatives in relation to composers
Entered by: Charles Davis
award vs. prize honor vs. money
band's past headbanging chuggers previous incredibly loud numbers/songs with a heavy, driving beat
Basically Beethoven Beethoven's music
benefit shows presentations or shows given for the benefit of targeted groups in need
Entered by: Michael Powers (PhD)
bite penetrating, clear attack
boast wide feature wide and flat frequency responses
Bonhamicity the style/the sound of John Bonham
Broken turntable turntable that does not rotate evenly
Cancel my subscription to the resurrection I have given up on salvation
Entered by: Robert Kleemaier
cassa chiara, percussion instrument side drum, snare drum
Entered by: Sheila Hardie
Checks his strings for true intervals at the fifth uses harmonics to make sure his strings are tuned a true fifth apart
Entered by: Charles Davis
chick the sound produced by hi-hats when closed by the foot
clock in last, are timed
Entered by: Michael Powers (PhD)
close-miced close-miked
clubbing in China was a bit roguish going to nights clubs in China was like going to places full of drunks and prostitutes
Entered by: Michael Powers (PhD)
come dream with me, as I have dreamed of you, all my life I've Dreamed of You, Barbra Streisand
commercial settings popular music
counting off (musical groups, drummer) setting the beat / drum roll to signal start
Dar alto Lied Das alte Lied
decline in the exhilarating development sacrifice
Entered by: Lara Barnett
dinner party music background music
Dirty pots dirty potentiometers
down-wound directive more low-key, less frenetic intention
Entered by: Charles Davis
eats up every beat they love it: they consume every bit of it
electroacoustic collage creative combination of electroacoustic music samples
elusive word break
expansive spacious
fancy fads latest fashionable (party) clothes
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