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Instrumental music

Postby b.i.o » Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:20 am UTC

I like listening mainly to music that is solely instrumental, and I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for instrumental music. I listen to a lot of jazz/classical/post rock (explosions in the sky, etc.) already, but I'd like to know what else there is.

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Postby CelticxConnections » Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:39 am UTC

Celtic Trad has a good deal of instrumental music. There is a good deal of bagpipes and the same sounding jigs but if you look to places like the Isle of Man or Skye you can find some differnt sounding types.

Just take note that if you listen to too many jigs you will lose your mind and you will come to hate them (if you don't already).

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Postby Wakawaka » Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:48 am UTC

I'm quite partial to 65daysofstatic myself. Think Explosions but darker with crazy awesome guitar rifts.
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Postby b.i.o » Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:00 am UTC

CelticxConnections wrote:Celtic Trad has a good deal of instrumental music. There is a good deal of bagpipes and the same sounding jigs but if you look to places like the Isle of Man or Skye you can find some differnt sounding types.

Just take note that if you listen to too many jigs you will lose your mind and you will come to hate them (if you don't already).


I'll check them out, thanks.

I'm quite partial to 65daysofstatic myself. Think Explosions but darker with crazy awesome guitar rifts.


I'm 30 seconds into one of their songs and I love it already :D.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:22 pm UTC

Clutch - Swamp Boat Upside Down
Collective Soul - Pretty Donna
Deftones - Adrenaline

Also... The Bakerton Group. Its Clutch, without the singer, and they do instrumental stuff, often with guest musicians.

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Postby taggedunion » Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:39 pm UTC

Bluegrass. Lots of it is purely instrumental (and purely chop-bustin' AWESOME). Check out the Seldom Scene.
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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:05 am UTC

Yellowjackets. Some more than others. Their self-titled debut, of course. Blue Hats is a later album, more acoustic. Politics and Four Corners have a few great tracks but I'm not wild about them as albums.

I can't even begin to recommend a jazz album unless you give me some idea of what kind of jazz you already listen to. Well, that's not entirely true; I could list my collection. Aside from the obvious (Miles, Dizzy, Coltrane, Duke, Monk, Goodman, DBQ, MJQ, Mingus, et cetera ad infinitum), McCoy Tyner's album Revelations is wonderful. There's a Billy Strayhorn album called Lush Life—actually, there are several by this name, but I'm thinking of a certain one from 92—that I really enjoy. Bill Cosby produced an album with some top notch players (he is a drummer himself but doesn't play on it, and only wrote the first track) dedicated to his son (who was killed some years ago) that I absolutely love, called Hello, Friend. Horace Silver & the Silver Brass Ensemble, "It's Got To Be Funky" is another favorite.

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Postby Cai » Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:50 am UTC

Yellowjackets: sexond'd. Delicious.
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Postby avian tiefling » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:26 am UTC

Steve Vai.

Guitar instrumental/rock/avant garde/prog/general craziness.

on youtube, check out "G3- The Audience is Listening", "Bangkok", "Whispering a Prayer"... i could go on and on.

it isn't all instrumental, but probably more than 60% of his music is.

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Postby Phi » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:47 am UTC

All by Pink Floyd, one of them isn't an instrumental, but it easily could be.
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Postby jsd1982 » Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:27 pm UTC

Check out Liquid Tension Experiment's 2 albums, the first one from '99.

And from that link, head on over to listen to some early Dream Theater songs.

You could consider quite a few of their songs completely instrumental, while most of the others have vocals with lots of instrumental break-downs and solo sections.

Progressive rock/metal fusion, whatever you want to call it, I love it.
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Postby b.i.o » Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:00 am UTC

Thank you everyone! :D

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Postby parsonsb » Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:37 am UTC

i concur with the Steve Vai comment above

also i think Frank Zappa did some amazing instrumental work as well

and also Yes, one of my favorite bands, while most of their music isn't instrumental In my opinion the vocal harmonies are done well enough to definitely warrant a listen (basically Fragile, Close to the Edge, and The Yes Album)

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Postby Durinthal » Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:10 pm UTC

Cirque du Soleil has a lot of instrumental music that's occasionally mixed in with vocals, either with lyrics in a foreign or made-up language (and occasionally English) or with the voice acting as just another instrument. I'd say KÀ or Journey of Man would be the best for minimizing vocals in general. They're also no longer on an RIAA label if you're concerned about that sort of thing.

Oh, and Gino Foti has a few good albums if you like world fusion.

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Postby marshlight » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:13 pm UTC

I can't listen to songs with words when I'm studying spanish, so I have a few bands I turn to.

K-Pax soundtrack (pianos and strings, sleepy and sometimes intense)

Cancer Conspiracy (crazy interrupted feeds and far-out guitar)

Apocalyptica (orchestral Metallica)

Mogwai (I only have Mr. Beast, but = some talking but mostly more guitar craziness)

Some of these might be a 'duh' but I thought I'd mention them. Also Broken Social Scene and Minus the Bear have a few instrumental tracks which are good.
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Postby Pesto » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:27 pm UTC

The Allman Brothers Band.

They've got some good instrumental tracks, specifically Jessica. Jessica is a must have.

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Postby the_wasd_man » Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:57 am UTC

Second Mogwai, they do some pretty cool stuff... hmm... here's an example...

Here's one I like, called Auto Rock. Nice piano/guitar thing going...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACcXjUzya5E

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Postby grim heart » Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:48 am UTC

If you're into post/space rock, The Appleseed Cast's 'Low Level Owl' albums are a must. Mostly instrumental, some singing, and the songs vary from rock tunes to lush soundscapes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLs4PUjsnnc - Not a great vid, but the albums are immaculate.

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Postby Benitosimies » Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:03 am UTC

Bach -- Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV 1041)

Here is a sparse wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BWV_1041

So yeah if you're already into the classical sauce you've probably already heard Fauré's Pavane but I want to suggest it anyway because it rules.

EDIT: How could I forget Telemann god what is wrong with me

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Postby Clumpy » Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:56 pm UTC

Secret Chiefs 3 (arab techno/metal from the Mr. Bungle guys)
Sigur Ros (technically there's lyrics but they're mostly incomprehensible)

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Postby diplipito » Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:18 am UTC

For some post-classical / electronic / post-ambient creatures, check out:

* Rafael Anton Irisarri > Daydreaming (Type, 2007)
* Library Tapes > Alone In The Bright Lights Of A Shattered Life (Resonant, 2005)
* Set Fire To Flames > Sings Reign Rebuilder (Alien8, 2001)
* Swod > Sekunden (City-Centre-Offices, 2007)
* Efterklang > Tripper (The Leaf Label, 2004) <--- some singing in here
* múm > Finally We Are No One (Fat Cat, 2002) <--- and here too (close to Sigur Ros)
* Wechsel Garland > Wechsel Garland (Morr Music, 2007)

For louder bits, try (really weird thingies):

* Battles > EP C / B EP (Warp, 2006)
* Motoro Faam > ...And Water Cycles (Preco, 2007)
* World's End Girlfriend > Hurtbreak Wanderland (Noble, 2007)

...and probably you've already blessed your ears with:

* Godspeed You Black Emperor! > Yanqui U.X.O. (Constellation, 2002)
* A Silver Mt. Zion > He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms (Constellation, 2000)

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Postby ChocloManx » Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:46 am UTC

Benitosimies wrote:Bach -- Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV 1041)


And if you're into Bach, listen to the Art Of Fugue.

More Classicalness:

String Quartet in F major - Maurice Ravel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartet_in ... 28Ravel%29
L'Orfeo - Claudio Monteverdi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Orfeo
St Matthew Passion BWV 244 - Bach (he is your god). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Matthew ... %28Bach%29

EDIT: Bah! L'Orfeo isn't instrumental, but it's in italian or some shit, so it's the same.
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Postby ICDB » Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:42 am UTC

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
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DOPE BASS!

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Postby Bakemaster » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:44 am UTC

Also, Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" for cello and orchestra is a fantastic piece of music.
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Postby Clumpy » Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:19 pm UTC

Wow! How on Earth could I forget Battles? "Mirrored" is probably my number one album right now.

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Postby someguy » Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:35 pm UTC

For some reason what I'm thinking of right now are the 'nü tango' pieces featured throughout Waking Life (that weird ass-movie.)

I wish I were more familiar with Astor Piazzolla's oeuvre so I could recommend the real thing :oops:.

For poppier/rockier stuff I really like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Lanterna/dp/B000006NIF

I'm not good at descriptions (ESL) so I'll leave it to you to check it out.

Edit: 'The ideal soundtrack for a road movie in slow motion' (from some review).

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Postby Toeofdoom » Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:31 pm UTC

I'd reccomend JT bruce, considering his 2 albums are both freely downloadable at http://www.subjectruin.net
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Postby I_Ate_My_Children » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:57 pm UTC

Jan Dismas Zelenka - Trio sonatas for 2 oboes, bassoon & basso continuo
Those beauties of thickly woven counterpoint are the best instrumental pieces I have heard.

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Postby ChocloManx » Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:12 am UTC

Yeah, Piazzolla is fucking awesome.

All his stuff is pretty similar though.
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Postby saxything43 » Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:31 pm UTC

ICDB wrote:Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Weather Report

DOPE BASS!


Indeed, Wooten and Pastorius are godly bass players.

I'd suggest Dave Holland Big Band. It's a contemporary jazz band with some really unusual songs, and is currently all I'm listening to. Both albums they have out, Overtime and What Goes Around are AMAZING.
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Postby someguy » Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:02 pm UTC

ChocloManx wrote:Yeah, Piazzolla is fucking awesome.

All his stuff is pretty similar though.

For something slightly different by him, check out his 1974 collaboration with jazz great Gerry Mulligan, Reunión Cumbre.
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Re: Instrumental music

Postby b.i.o » Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:16 pm UTC

Again, thank you everyone :D

It's so nice to listen to music I haven't heard before.

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Re: Instrumental music

Postby The Sleeping Tyrant » Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:41 pm UTC

You should check out Gordian Knot. Heavily jazz influenced metal. Reaaaaaaally interesting stuff.

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Re: Instrumental music

Postby danb » Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:01 am UTC

I second the Flecktones recommendation.

Also, the Béla Fleck/Chick Corea album is amazing. It's the only album in my iTunes library that has all 5-star ratings.

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Re: Instrumental music

Postby no-genius » Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:23 am UTC

Some Sonic Youth is instrumental.

I could do an upload of 'Speak no Evol' if anyones interested.
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Re: Instrumental music

Postby Angelene » Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:41 am UTC

God is an Astronaut, an Irish post-rock group, amazing live shows with lights.

I can't recommend Dirty Three enough, especially Ocean Songs. They're an Australian band, with just drums, electric guitars and violins, Nick Cave's favourite band by all accounts, released an EP with Low once upon a time. Magnificent music. They also featured Cat Power as their only ever vocalist in Cinder, on Great Waves.
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Re: Instrumental music

Postby no-genius » Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:52 am UTC

has no-one mentioned the silent ballet?

They have great compilations - I think God is an Astronaught was in volume II.

Edit: Speak no evol
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Re: Instrumental music

Postby reishka » Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:06 am UTC

Baby Mammoth is spectacular. They cover a broad range of styles, and very very very few of their tracks are non-instrumental.

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Re: Instrumental music

Postby no-genius » Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:40 am UTC

Has anyone downloaded speak no evol yet? Its really good
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Re: Instrumental music

Postby Poopraham Lincoln » Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:06 am UTC

I couldn't agree more with the Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Battles recommendations.

Some more metal (but not shitty metal) instrumental bands are Russian Circles and Pelican. Mono is pretty good also.
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