Oh, that's awesome!Zelan wrote: That's definitely how it is when you study anything - you start to notice things that you didn't before. ^_^ I'm taking Music History this year and I've been paying more attention when I hear music to all of the different parts and how they fit together. It really makes for an interesting experience. :]
To be honest, I had an epiphany recently while listening to Japanese music, but that's language / linguistics / psycholinguistics related and well, another story. xD
However, I would highly recommend checking out Japanese music.
Personally, I don't like labels like 'jrock' or 'jpop' because they can cause overgeneralization and misconception.
Japanese music right now is very much similar in format to the MTV music we had in the 90s.
For example, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus x2, Instrumental Solo, Short Verse, Chorus
Videos end up being 4-6 minutes, and the quality of their music, including lyrics and all is really outstanding compared to what we get mainstream in the West.
LOSER by Kenshi Yonezu is a recent example of an amazing song I can recommend.
Music is pretty amazing when you get into it. For me, music is a heavy part of game production.
It ties into the emotional feelings while playing certain scenes.
It also ties into subconscious association, where certain chords may trigger certain emotions based on songs we liked that we have heard. Like you say, the different parts and how they fit together.
There are ways to take chords and make totally new songs that 'feel' and 'sound' like you heard them before.
Japanese music has tons of songs that sound like the same songs we have here, and many times it causes one to wonder who copied who, or if anyone copied anyone at all.
There's also a video explaining the 'chord' of this generation and how a good 80%+ of our mainstream music has the same exact chord as foundation.
There's really a lot of psychology to music. One of the things that has taken me so much time has been finding the perfect background music for a certain scene in my game. I literally spend hours trying to get the right 'feeling'.
I love music, to be honest. It's really fulfilling when you can appreciate a music piece to its fullest depth, including the lyrics, the meaning, the context, the melody, the tones, and virtually the whole picture.
I'd also recommend Rokuchounen to Ichiya Monogatari by Wagakki Band.
I think these songs are very elaborate pieces and VERY DIFFERENT from what we're used to, and they really open your mind to new possibilities (especially if you're into music production, or just music appreciation). ^^