Unpopularised Music
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If a sound has your exact taste of melody, rhythm, frequency and instrumentation, all of the human senses will suddenly become engaged with the song. This is the amazing phenomenon of music, and what every band, songwriter and music artist dreams of achieving with their work. Right next to profitability, of course.

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I have experienced this phenomenon with only a handful of songs, and it wears off after you listen to them for a while. But I found that it helps to become one with the music if it is really loud (which helps you to zone out of the world and the thoughts in your head, and you focus on the music).

There was a band at my school back in 2006 called Kobolt. When they played their song “Wake the Dawn”, it was so good that my back was constantly shivering and my body had goose-bumps everywhere. Have a listen to it:

℗ 2006 Kobolt

Kobolt have since retired, but their MySpace page still remains with their newer music. They don't even have Wake the Dawn on their page anymore; it's too old-hat for even them. It's such a shame though, I thought it was a pretty good song.

When I listen to music albums, I listen to the popular songs and love singing along. But what I've found is that on the same album, there is some really good stuff. Great stuff. Stuff that, for reasons that I'll explain later, has never been popularised and the whole world misses out on this great music.

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The Black Eyed Peas
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The Black Eyed Peas is a prime example of this. At least in Australia, anyway. Their album Monkey Business contains the well known songs: “Pump It”, “Don't Phunk With My Heart”, “Don't Lie” and “My Humps”. But there are so many other really good songs on there! Better, even. I really recommend that you buy “Dum Diddly”, “Gone Going”, “Union” and “Like That”. They're really catchy and it's a shame not so many people got to hear them.

Recently this year they've released their new album, The E.N.D.1 The well known songs are currently “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling”. But then I realised that there's probably a whole bunch of other fantastic songs that slip by unpopularised2. I bought the album.

My God! It's breath-taking! Songs I really recommend: “One Tribe”, “Showdown”, “Electric City”, “Meet me Halfway”, “Alive” and “Missing You”. There's also a few of others, but these are the main ones that won me over.

So WHY do these songs go unnoticed? It's one word: “Piracy”. Few people go out and buy a new album. They like a couple of songs, and share them with others. Suddenly people like those songs and illegally attain them. Even the people that legally purchase the music tend to buy only that song as a single, thus missing out on all of the other great music. Piracy is not only detrimental to the artists, but it's also inhibiting the amount of good music that society receives.

I'm fighting a losing battle.

λ James Kanjo

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