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    Default Proof that not all languages are singable

    Hoe-Lee Chit!

    YouTube - Kineski narodnjaci

    Imagine being forced to listen to this in the middle of the night by your neighbours, as Karaoke, when you have to get up early in the morning to work..

    I say someone put rice cookies in their mouths.
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    at first I was like , then I was like
    "I put the fires out."
    "you made them worse."
    "worse...or better?"

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    lol it sounds bad...to me

    I guess the operative word is "Me". I think we are applying our standards of how music "ought to be" to a music that is different from ours/or the ones we are comfortable with.

    Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder; music is in the ear of the listener

    I bet some cultures might think the music we like to be horrible and unpalatable...its all relative
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starsiege View Post
    lol it sounds bad...to me

    I guess the operative word is "Me". I think we are applying our standards of how music "ought to be" to a music that is different from ours/or the ones we are comfortable with.

    Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder; music is in the ear of the listener

    I bet some cultures might think the music we like to be horrible and unpalatable...its all relative
    then what about this?
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvSA-ahP520&feature=related"]Horrible Singer[/YOUTUBE]
    "I put the fires out."
    "you made them worse."
    "worse...or better?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRMC117 View Post
    then what about this?
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvSA-ahP520&feature=related"]Horrible Singer[/YOUTUBE]
    Lol i have no idea...cos i dont know what "good" Chinese singing ought to sound like...in order to identify "bad" Chinese singing.lol

    but by going by the song's title..i can guess its bad...but then again someone could be doing a hack job on a singer they might not like ...

    ill wait for some Chinese member of typology central to enlighten me
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    Goo la looney ciao?

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    I can tell [some of] you guys live in pretty homogenous areas...

    This is funny because I just posted in another thread about how linguistic mastery also involves being able to understand other accents.

    Also funny because the OP link is from an ambiguously Eastern European youtube user and browsing through the rest of their music video links - I think any and all of them could have been put into the OP as a bad karaoke example and gotten the same kind of comments.

    Have you guys ever seen a Maori 'haka' performance?

    A troupe from New Zealand performed it once at my school and one of the middle school kids thought it was hysterically funny, not at all intimidating or serious.

    As someone else said, it is all in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
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    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQbZ7GVzN60].[/youtube]

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    [youtube=5_qJK5UqmHA]Xie Tian Xiao[/youtube]
    [youtube=-NYK4mXvMT8]Carsick Cars[/youtube]
    Not a whole lot of singing in those, so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha Prime View Post
    Imagine being forced to listen to this in the middle of the night by your neighbours, as Karaoke, when you have to get up early in the morning to work..
    Any language sung to that screechy pitch will automatically kill your ear-drums. Some languages are naturally more mellifluous than others, of course, but what determines the quality of a sound is actually the individual's tone. Good speakers know exactly what timbre to voice the language in so that it will turn out nicely.

    A few examples:

    The Screechy Cases: One language. Same words. Same tune. But different outcomes.

    Screechy Case # 1 - Song: "Greatest Love Of All" by Whitney Houston
    A. Not So Perfect: [Fast-Forward to 0:17]
    B. Perfection: With Minimal Background Music

    Screechy Case # 2 - Song: "Genie In A Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
    A. Not So Perfect: [Fast-Forward to 0:30]
    B. Perfection: In Acapella

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    Or... for songs where the singer has a heavy accent, and still sound great:
    A. Poor Accent; German Song
    B. Obvious Finnish Accent; English Song

    Then there's the case where a translation doesn't work out well:
    A. Rammstein - Du Hast | The Original - German | In English

    And here's a sample where the same German singer becomes more aware of his tone in English:
    A. Rammstein - Amerika (Contains both German & English)

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