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The Instrumental Music Thread

this thread is where people post the music they like for other people to enjoy
the rules are:
1- instrumental music only (no lyrics-this should cut about 95% of the stuff)
2- it has to be an interesting piece of art with some complexity in it
3- post only your 1 best link

Frank Zappa
Black Napkins, live 1977

when I listen to this song while training I can deadlift 10% more weight if I start deadlifting at 2:17

This thread will probably be a fail because no one gives a shit about music that is not in the mainstream and because of the fact the music that is worth it needs a lot more than 1 listen.

Old Rush:

New Rush:

Regarding breaking Rule #3, Rush is so awesome that they don’t have to follow anyone’s rules

anything by Miles Davis, especially Miles Smiles, Miles in the Sky, In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson and On the Corner

Do your childhood/adolescence memories involve playing a lot of NES/SNES/Sega games by any wild chance?
If so, there are some instrumental bands recreating/modifying many of the old background pieces… But they’re usually more in the vain of power metal… 1-2 of them are actually quite good… (powerglove for example, only 2 records thus far though and self-produced)

Of course if you didn’t grow up with Sonic, Super Mario and Castlevania, you probably won’t be able to really appreciate that kind of music to it’s fullest…

Furthermore, Blotted Science, Behold the Arctopus (the latter isn’t much of a favorite of mine to be honest, but I guess they deserve to be mentioned) and co may interest the fans fans of complex/technical music, though it’s metal once again (and a little more on the extreme side compared to the video-game metal bands).

Spastic Ink are related to Blotted Science but more melodic… Only their first album is all instrumental though, the second has vocals. Also definitely on the technical side, check the Bambi video…

More in the prog-rock -vain: Planet X (so-so production though… Virgil Donati’s bass/double-bass sound tends to suck), try midnight bell (on moonbabies) or matrix gate (from the newer album, don’t recall the name at the moment).

Possibly of more interest to you is the stuff John Scofield recorded together with Dennis Chambers etc… Look them up on wikipedia (funk/jazz).

How about some actual jazz?
Miles Davis: Seven Steps to Heaven, for example, pretty old album but I liked it…

Lots of other great stuff around I just mentioned some funk/prog/metal/jazz…
I’ll leave the rest to other posters.
Gotta catch some shuteye…

Otherwise, yeah, Zappa for president :slight_smile:

[quote]Cephalic_Carnage wrote:
Do your childhood/adolescence memories involve playing a lot of NES/SNES/Sega games by any wild chance?
If so, there are some instrumental bands recreating/modifying many of the old background pieces… But they’re usually more in the vain of power metal… 1-2 of them are actually quite good… (powerglove for example, only 2 records thus far though and self-produced)

Of course if you didn’t grow up with Sonic, Super Mario and Castlevania, you probably won’t be able to really appreciate that kind of music to it’s fullest…

Furthermore, Blotted Science, Behold the Arctopus (the latter isn’t much of a favorite of mine to be honest, but I guess they deserve to be mentioned) and co may interest the fans fans of complex/technical music, though it’s metal once again (and a little more on the extreme side compared to the video-game metal bands).

Spastic Ink are related to Blotted Science but more melodic… Only their first album is all instrumental though, the second has vocals. Also definitely on the technical side, check the Bambi video…

More in the prog-rock -vain: Planet X (so-so production though… Virgil Donati’s bass/double-bass sound tends to suck), try midnight bell (on moonbabies) or matrix gate (from the newer album, don’t recall the name at the moment).

Possibly of more interest to you is the stuff John Scofield recorded together with Dennis Chambers etc… Look them up on wikipedia (funk/jazz).

How about some actual jazz?
Miles Davis: Seven Steps to Heaven, for example, pretty old album but I liked it…

Lots of other great stuff around I just mentioned some funk/prog/metal/jazz…
I’ll leave the rest to other posters.
Gotta catch some shuteye…

Otherwise, yeah, Zappa for president :slight_smile:

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any links to a cool 8-bits piece ?

I simply can’t offer just one, sorry.

  1. My all-time favorite instrumental rock is Hella, a drummer & guitarist duo who play intricate math rock. sounds like the soundtrack of a schizophrenic’s mind, with distortion and crazy drum fills.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdMDcG3zAEI

  2. The Fucking Champs for instrumental rock/metal
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFMMjpRBd5g&feature=related

  3. DJ Krush for some of the best instrumental trip hop/hip hop
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjgRlto8PI&feature=related

  4. Don Caballero and/or Explosions in the Sky for more instrumental rock
    Don Cab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TGgWKngEJg&feature=related
    Explosions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36U4ez7AzKA

Dude…If you like zappa. You’ll like this shit.

Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Yngwie Malmsteen
Some Dream theatre

Enjoy. I listen to yngwie a lot when i lift, neo-classical metal with some wicked shredding.

[quote]jasmincar wrote:
any links to a cool 8-bits piece ?

[/quote]

Especially anything from the old Sega 8-Bit Master System.

You know how there was that one freak kid on the block with a SMS where everyone else had an NES? That was me. Lets hear it for Alex Kidd and Space Harrier!! Anyone? Anyone…?

Andy Mckee.

Youtube Africa and Drifting im too lazy to post the links

[quote]slyder2412 wrote:
Dude…If you like zappa. You’ll like this shit.

Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Yngwie Malmsteen
Some Dream theatre

Enjoy. I listen to yngwie a lot when i lift, neo-classical metal with some wicked shredding.[/quote]

those guys dont have anything to do with zappa. Sorry

I only know a few bands:

Red Sparrows:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncJazOonwPo

Karma to Burn


—> fucking awesome band, they only do instrumental. Saw them live in Baltimore a few months ago.

The Sword:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q7yUjiKfoA


Keep linking instrumental music fellas!!! I Need MORE!!!

[quote]PimpBot5000 wrote:
jasmincar wrote:
any links to a cool 8-bits piece ?

Especially anything from the old Sega 8-Bit Master System.

You know how there was that one freak kid on the block with a SMS where everyone else had an NES? That was me. Lets hear it for Alex Kidd and Space Harrier!! Anyone? Anyone…?[/quote]

Journey to Silius
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7BRgcBXAKE&feature=related

Ninja Gaiden III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI2MOnuFOxc

Contra


—>1st NES game I ever played

Rush 'n Attack (with a guitar :slight_smile:

Startropics II: Zoda’s Revenge

Gotta love that 8-bit Music!!!

Buckethead

Pelican

Ratatat

[quote]jasmincar wrote:

Steve Vai

those guys dont have anything to do with zappa. Sorry
[/quote]

???

[quote]SteelyD wrote:
jasmincar wrote:

Steve Vai

those guys dont have anything to do with zappa. Sorry

???[/quote]

Yeah, come on. Vai was in Zappa’s band for how long?

[quote]edgeofobscurity wrote:
SteelyD wrote:
jasmincar wrote:

Steve Vai

those guys dont have anything to do with zappa. Sorry

???

Yeah, come on. Vai was in Zappa’s band for how long?[/quote]

You dont wanna start a Zappa debate with me because I am one of the most hardcore fan ever.
Vai was in is band for a couple of year in the early 80’s. He is a guitar virtuoso, he could do anything on the guitar but his music doesnt have anything do to with zappa.

You are making the association that zappa=vai therefore Malsteem, Satriani, who could be put in the same category as vai= zappa. Nothing could be more wrong(wronger?)

Frank Zappa is a composer. He has written over 3000 songs over 3 decades spread all over 100+ album. (I own 135, but I dont have all the bootlegs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMEB92ns6sw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mStiyBxrNQ8#movie_player

You probably dont know him very well, like almost everyone.

The music of frank zappa is all I ever need. It is just so superior and there is so much.

Behold the Awesomeness of Boston’s Powerglove.

Sorry for killing your thread.

[quote]jasmincar wrote:
edgeofobscurity wrote:
SteelyD wrote:
jasmincar wrote:

Steve Vai

those guys dont have anything to do with zappa. Sorry

???

Yeah, come on. Vai was in Zappa’s band for how long?

You dont wanna start a Zappa debate with me because I am one of the most hardcore fan ever.
Vai was in is band for a couple of year in the early 80’s. He is a guitar virtuoso, he could do anything on the guitar but his music doesnt have anything do to with zappa.

You are making the association that zappa=vai therefore Malsteem, Satriani, who could be put in the same category as vai= zappa. Nothing could be more wrong(wronger?)

Frank Zappa is a composer. He has written over 3000 songs over 3 decades spread all over 100+ album. (I own 135, but I dont have all the bootlegs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMEB92ns6sw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mStiyBxrNQ8#movie_player

You probably dont know him very well, like almost everyone.

The music of frank zappa is all I ever need. It is just so superior and there is so much.[/quote]

Vai, who Zappa called his “little Italian virtuoso” is on 10 Zappa discs, not including live and collection discs. I do agree though that Satriani and Malmsteen have nothing to do with Zappa.

John Coltrane:
Coltrane, Live at BirdLand, Crescent, Coltrane Quartet Plays, A Love Supreme, Sun Ship, Live at the Village Vanguard

Joshua Redman Elastic Band:
Elastic, Momentum

Mongo Santamaria: Mongo Live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival '71