• 3 Apr 11th, 2018 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 11th Apr, 2018 09:41:49 PM
    Do We Have This One? The incorporation of stock sound effects (i.e. birds chirping, trains, gunshots) or recorded voice, often some kind of old-timey guy, in a piece of music. Similar to Stock Footage, but has a different effect, and examples on that page only include videos. Voice Clip Song and Stupid Statement Dance Mix are sort of what I'm going for, but that's for when a sampled phrase makes up all the lyrics. I'm talking about when these sound effects are used more as percussion, or as a sort of fadeout. This is extremely common in electronic music and hip-hop but also shows up in other media. Reply
  • 2 Apr 10th, 2018 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Apr, 2018 09:28:23 AM
    What trope does it involves the use of exotic(or world) instruments(Instruments from Eastern Countries, So that excludes All of the Americas, Europe, Australia and New Zealand unless the said instrument is part of the indigenous culture), Thompsons Twins "The Gap" Used 2 exotic instruments(The Tabla and the Zill I believe). Reply
  • 1 Apr 5th, 2018 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 5th Apr, 2018 08:44:22 PM
    There are songs that are sad that are surprisingly upbeat, and it is way common back in the 80s. What do you call tropes involving the song lyrics or its meaning being sad but the song itself being upbeat? Reply
  • 1 Apr 2nd, 2018 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Apr, 2018 06:44:29 PM
    Seen It a Million Times. A song from the perspective of someone who is in love with another person who, for one reason or another is not around and forever separated by some kind of distance. Maybe they're dead, maybe they left the narrator, maybe they just lost contact. Different from Break-Up Song in that it could be Unrequited Love, Star-Crossed Lovers, or something like that, and not necessarily a conscious breakup. The emphasis is on the sadness of a lover. Reply
  • 0 Mar 24th, 2018 at 5:05PM
    Or alternatively, an instrument plays the same melody that the singer sings at the same time. I think the professional term is "imitative polyphony". Reply
  • 1 Mar 12th, 2018 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 13th Mar, 2018 03:45:02 AM
    Is fhere a trope for songs that have lyrics in two or more languages? Reply

      If one of those languages isn't subtitled, at least Bilingual Bonus would apply, but that's less specific than what you're talking about.
  • 1 Mar 3rd, 2018 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Mar, 2018 04:08:23 PM
    There's a Cantopop song whose lyrics is basically a retelling of Sleepless in Seattle, and uses that movie's local Completely Different Title as its title. As far as I know the adaptation did not obtain any permission of the movie's right owners. What kind of trope would it reply? Reply
  • 1 Mar 2nd, 2018 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Mar, 2018 10:54:44 AM
    Do we have tropes dedicated to discussing life, death, etc? Songs about mortality? Reply
  • 0 Feb 24th, 2018 at 6:06PM
    What is an act of a band using extra percussion instruments? For example in almost all Bastille live performances, they always had an extra assorted drums that the other band members(besides the drummer) sometimes play? Reply
  • 4 Feb 6th, 2018 at 2:02AM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Feb, 2018 03:02:10 AM
    I'm trying to think of a trope that will describe the creation of this album - the band released one song each month of 2016 as an "Anti-Album", then compiled them into a more traditional album at the start of 2017. Could this be Concept Album? However the page for Concept Album states "concept albums are albums unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative or lyrical", and there is no unifying theme in 2016 Atomized, in fact it's the very opposite of a concept album. Reply

      Was it their intention from the get-go to eventually compile the songs into an album? If so, I think "an album released in the form of a bunch of singles" could be enough of a concept to qualify as a Concept Album. (Come to think of it, Stereolab did just that with their album Fab Four Suture.)

      Or did they just decide to compile these disparate tracks into a traditional album after the fact? If the latter, that would be an example of Arc Welding. (Neil Cicierega did this for his comedy mashup album Mouth Sounds.)

      Also Better on DVD could apply, if people think the compiled album is better than listening to the individual singles.

      It almost sounds like the musical equivalent of a Serial Novel.

      Or a musical Compilation Re-release.

      I think Compilation Re-release might be the closest suggestion. The original idea was the Rave Sound Of The Month project, the release of a new song each month, so they were all written very separately, not with the idea of creating an album, though the album was probably inevitable. I think I'll file it under Compilation Re-release, thanks.
  • 1 Nov 7th, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 7th Nov, 2017 06:24:26 PM
    I'm looking for a trope that's not quite Musical Spoiler, but it's similar and in that territory. It's a trope where if a certain famous song starts playing, you already know what's going to happen because the song has been so overused in certain situations. For example, if Rush's "Tom Sawyer" starts playing in an 80s movie, you know something awesome's about to happen. Or if "Bad to the Bone" starts playing, you know a character's about to do something rebellious. Anyone know what this is called? Reply
  • 3 Oct 26th, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Nov, 2017 11:08:11 PM
    A music video of the band continuing to play their instruments while some sort of "disaster" (for lack of a better term) afflicts them, a la The Shins in a house being demolished in Simple Song and The Strokes in a room filling with oil in You Only Live Once? It seems like it would be a common music trope due to the number of potential disasters that could occur during such a trope. Reply
  • 1 Oct 8th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 8th Oct, 2017 10:01:28 PM
    is there a trope when a tv show or something changes VERY DRASTICALLY over time and the beginning (the first 2-3 songs for ex.) are just perfect for you but the newest version/releases is just, horrible to you and many others. Not really about taste but like when something is very drastically changed to the worse and people want the original back. Thanks! Reply
  • 1 Oct 2nd, 2017 at 2:02AM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Oct, 2017 05:57:31 AM
    is there a page concerning the band members, in perhaps a darkly lit hallway and/or room, leaned forward, turning their heads slightly up, rolling the eyes to the side, and looking up and/or around like something ominous is happening just off screen? i've seen it in Evanescence and Korn videos, and i know i've seen it dozens of times. Reply
  • 1 Sep 18th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Sep, 2017 05:01:35 PM
    Do we have a trope for when a music video is clearly intended to feature a band playing the corresponding song (and likely even includes accurate lip-synching), but the instruments shown in the video one way or another clearly don't match the music? Examples include The Pretender by Foo Fighters, which is a Dress Rehearsal Video where the intro starts before anyone even appears, let alone starts visibly playing, Papercut by Linkin Park in which the band are playing entirely acoustic guitars when those featured in the track are obviously heavily distorted and electric, and Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, where Kurt starts randomly tuning his guitar in the middle of the solo. Thanks! Reply
  • 3 Aug 13th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Sep, 2017 06:49:11 PM
    The Nine Inch Nails albums Ghosts I-IV and The Slip both have this deal where each song has its own accompanying image; is there a trope that covers this? Reply
  • 0 Sep 1st, 2017 at 1:01AM
    Or "self-cover". Do we have that? Reply
  • 1 Aug 30th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 30th Aug, 2017 12:19:46 PM
    Do we have this trope where a song that was not a single but became a hit anyway? I recall the time where Animax Asia made an original anime named La MB, featured a song by Simple Plan named "I Can Wait Forever", which wasn't a single from their Self-Titled Album. Reply
  • 1 Aug 28th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Aug, 2017 01:03:19 AM
    Like "The Twelve Days of Christmas", and the prologue from "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812". I know there are examples in other musicals, but Wikipedia is only giving me something from G&S's "Yeomen of the Guard", and I can't seem to find a relevant TVT page.... Reply

      By "cumulative song," do you mean one with a repeated portion that's added on throughout the song? Could be a variation or subtrope of Looped Lyrics.
  • 0 Aug 28th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Like "The Twelve Days of Christmas", and the prologue from "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812". I know there are examples in other musicals, but Wikipedia is only giving me something from G&S's "Yeomen of the Guard", and I can't seem to find a relevant TVT page.... Reply
  • 1 Jun 12th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Jun, 2017 08:20:39 AM
    Is there a trope for songs about revenge or just hating someone? Reply
  • 2 Apr 2nd, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Apr, 2017 06:35:17 AM
    Is there a trope for a song that starts out fairly sad but gets happier midway through? Reply
  • 1 Mar 28th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Mar, 2017 04:41:04 AM
    An example would be a song by the Swedish band Kent, where one line is (translated): "Like a soft stone, a warm avalanche".

    I've seen this type of line before, mostly in poems and lyrics, and I think it's called "oxymoron", but I somehow did not find the fitting trope here. But surely there has to be a trope here, right? Reply

      Oxymorons are figures of speech, which are not tropes by themselves. What are tropeworthy, however, are the spins fiction has taken on figures of speech, eg. Literal Metaphor, Not Hyperbole
  • 1 Mar 18th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Mar, 2017 03:12:17 AM
    In the second verse of this song (around 1:50), the singer's pitch suddenly rises mid-sentence while the musics stays in the same key. What trope would this fall into? Does that count as a Modulation? Reply
  • 1 Mar 17th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Mar, 2017 11:16:34 AM
    Do we have a name for those bands where they're called something like "X and his Y" but the X isn't actually anyone. Such as Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, but the band is actually a duo and none of them are illya kuryaki (yes, that's a person's name).

    I'm also content with just knowing of other examples. Reply