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Hip slang terms relating to music / production / rhythm / drums
Old 16th February 2018
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Hip slang terms relating to music / production / rhythm / drums

Trying to round out a project by throwing in some slang terms relating to music, music production, rhythm, and/or drums.


I can easily think of a few for drums like:

skins
traps
clams

But not so much for music production or rhythm in general.

What are some slang terms you've heard relating to any of these areas?
Old 17th February 2018
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“In the pocket”
Old 17th February 2018
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Trying to round out a project by throwing in some slang terms relating to music, music production, rhythm, and/or drums.
Ironically, you missed the word "project."

Also "cans" for headphones.

And "in the box."
Old 17th February 2018
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do you mean words like: “axe”
and how well you swing your axe is your “chops”
“punch in”?
Does something like “charts” - for sheet music - count as ‘slang’?

I guess I am so far gone that those all feel like the real words and not ‘slang’ at all! Sheet music, what’s that? Oh, you mean the charts!

How about “air” - for those really high frequencies? “Hot” for overmodulated? Sometimes I say: “the vocal is too wet” to a ‘civilian’ and all I get is a blank stare. "Lab" for studio is pretty common. Especially when referring to your own studio.


“tubs”, I have heard as another name for (drum-set) drums

I have never ever heard a real human being call cymbals: “pies” but apparently some people on the internet seem to be trying to make this happen. But like “fetch”, it’s never going to happen.
Old 17th February 2018
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I picked up "ear goggles" for headphones from an amazing guitar player on a session.
Old 17th February 2018
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groove. smokin. thread the needle
Old 17th February 2018
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groove. smokin. thread the needle
Those aren't really specific to music though, which is what I think he's after.

A bunch related to just EQ, some already mentioned, like air, boxy, muddy, etc.
Old 17th February 2018
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Very first jingle session I assisted on, the conductor said something like, "top of bar nine, let's make that a Charleston." Hadn't heard that one before. But the whole band just nodded, didn't even reach for a pencil.
Old 17th February 2018
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Actually, they're all good. Keep 'em coming.

Any specific to music production or being a producer?

Also interested in anything at all relating to rhythm. "In the pocket" is a great example.

Also specificially interested in words that describe people like:

Hepcat
Beatnik
Beat poet

Most of the examples I can think of are much older, so interested to hear any more recent variants.

EDIT: Cypher is a more modern term I just remembered... along with spit, bars, flow, and joint.

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.... thread the needle
I vaguely recall running across this phrase once or twice in a music setting, but can't quite place it. What's an example of it's usage?
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Sometimes I say: “the vocal is too wet” to a ‘civilian’ and all I get is a blank stare.
haha

Yeah, I get a lot of blank stares as well, and sometimes I have to slow myself down to figure out why. I guess I tend to think some of these terms are more widely used than they actually are.

I tried having a basic conversation about loudness with a dozen or so adult music fans, and not one of them had the slightest idea what I was talking about or that any issue ever existed... yet every one of them had been irritated by loud commercials and experienced frustration with levels when making a mixtape or compilation of some sort.
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Any specific to music production or being a producer?
"more"
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I vaguely recall running across this phrase once or twice in a music setting, but can't quite place it. What's an example of it's usage?
same here as you. no idea when or where I heard it used.

Edit. it was used in a case of a rhythm. one which unifies opposing forces pulling in differing directions.

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