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    Posted: November 15 2010 at 18:57
What's one of your favorite extremely subtle or unimportant moments to prog? It could be choirs in songs, a guitarist copying on the guitar the notes that the vocalist is hitting, or a shirt worn by a musician while playing live, anything.

For me it's small little sound effects, like:
Wish you Were Here by PF at 1:13 David Gilmour slides down the neck.
Comfortable Numb by PF - at 2:51 Waters speaks about injecting him and in the background you hear a "ding"
Easy Money by KC- at 1:23 he says, "tell a winner from a snake" in the background someone hisses.

What about you?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote topographicbroadways Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2010 at 19:10
the way the mellotron is layered multiple times in KC in the wake of poseidon i find to be proggasmic 

some of the weird whispers added by syd barrett to the vocals on piper at the gates of dawn especially in 
pow r toc h are also very nice
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TheOppenheimer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2010 at 19:24
every "wind" sound in Agalloch's songs are epic for me.

the different keyboard sound during the instrumental section of Octavarium (Dream Theater)

there are many, but I dont find them quite "subtle"; in fact, they contribute a lot to each song.
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A couple that really make Crime of the Century work for me.
The dark, distant, droning hum of the main theme of the title track sung behind the opening harmonica on School
The cuckoo at the end of Asylum

The maniac screaming distantly in the crowd "LOUDER!!!", on Yessongs between Siberian Khatru and Heart of the Sunrise. Its only subtle because its in the background.


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"If you hear this whispering you're dying..." or something like that in "The Great Gig In The Sky", by Pink Floyd
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Originally posted by RIREINC RIREINC wrote:

"If you hear this whispering you're dying..." or something like that in "The Great Gig In The Sky", by Pink Floyd

I think it's "I never said I was afraid of dying".
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The "Trying to sound like one of the older bands" trend that some bands of today have, instead of trying to find their own original sound.
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Bell's i can hear Bells
So the hole story is compleetly untrue, a big hoax
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Originally posted by tamijo tamijo wrote:

Bell's i can hear Bells
So the hole story is compleetly untrue, a big hoax


Dismal, pathetic chord sequence.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atoms Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2010 at 04:56
Originally posted by A Person A Person wrote:

Originally posted by RIREINC RIREINC wrote:

"If you hear this whispering you're dying..." or something like that in "The Great Gig In The Sky", by Pink Floyd

I think it's "I never said I was afraid of dying".

It's both, the first (If you hear this whispering you're dying) is hidden so well that you can't barely hear it even if you try to hear it, but if you really focus it shouldn't be too hard.

I think Roger is a genius for including stuff like that in the song, I love those small psycholigical jokes he includes in almost every album from Dark Side to Final Cut
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A voice in Sober says "turn that S**t down! That cracked me up. Artistically speaking though, the triangle in and you and I is brilliant!
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And how could I forget that great moment in Echoes, where we hear the first little "ding" that we heard in the beginning of the song, right after the dark passage.
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One that I have in mind is the initial part of the instrumental coda of Mostly Autumn's "The Gap Is Too Wide", when Liam Davison passes from harping to rhythmic and Bryan Josh starts the same harping on his electrical guitar. Another is the bass single note played by Waters on Atom Heart Mother after the initial brass section to introduce the band over the orchestra. 
The Didgeridoo in Ayreon's "Day Sixteen: Loser" is another, but at the end of the same song while Mike Baker growls a high-pitched string instrument similar to a mandolin adding a touch of grotesque is even more remarkable.  

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"I'm eating your brain...." Angel's Egg - Gong
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I never understand why at the end of "Grantchester Meadows" by Pink Floyd there is someone chasing what appears to be a fly and then kills it...
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^ Because flies are annoying.
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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The wrap around "we came in?" and "isn't this where" at the beginning and end of  Pink Floyd's The Wall is one that immediately came to me.
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Originally posted by WalterDigsTunes WalterDigsTunes wrote:

Originally posted by tamijo tamijo wrote:

Bell's i can hear Bells
So the hole story is compleetly untrue, a big hoax


Dismal, pathetic chord sequence.
 
Dang Walter ... now you're quoting Tchaikovsky!
 
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Originally posted by Billy Pilgrim Billy Pilgrim wrote:

A voice in Sober says "turn that S**t down! That cracked me up. Artistically speaking though, the triangle in and you and I is brilliant!
 
Hmmm ... you sure you are not talking about Alice Bowie? ... ???
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Hi,
 
My favorite one of all is in "Apocaliptic Bore" from AD2's Vive La Trance album.
 
That break, and they do it twice, is magnificent and sets up the guitar part magnificently ...
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