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Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:03:30 AM »
Hello DT forum!

I'm attempting to compile some research on fan reception to two of Dream Theater's albums: 'Falling into Infinity' and 'Scenes from a Memory'. This is for part of a research paper that I'll be presenting to my lecturers at university, in relation to Popular Music and Sociological study.
As such, I've made a questionnaire that I'd really appreciate any fans (die-hard or casual) filling out if they have the time, so long as they have listened to at least these two DT albums.

So, If you'd like to give your answers by responding to this post, or if you'd like to PM me a response, that'd be great!

Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Answer:

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer:

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer:

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer:

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer:

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer:

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer:

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer:

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer:

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer:

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer:

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer:

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer:

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer:

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer:

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer:

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer:

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2017, 05:34:52 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:


Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?

A)   Longtime Fan (Well since 2008 but it's the closest to my level of fandom)
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock


Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 2012


Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 2011


Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All of them


Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: Last


Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: First


Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: DreamTheaterForums


Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: Two years


Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: I first heard Dream Theater in 2008 when I first played Panic Attack in Rock Band 2.


Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: It takes being open minded to any ideas that may improve the song. Confining your music to one style will limit what you can do and may lead to uninteresting music.


Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?

A) Yes
B) No


Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: If the artist feels that collaborating with an outside songwriter will enhance their music, then it's something that they absolutely should try.


Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?

A) Yes
B) No


Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?

A) Yes
B) No


Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: N/A


Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: No


Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: N/A


Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: No


Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: N/A


Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock/Metal.

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2017, 05:54:00 AM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: Ironically, before I actually became a fan. It was the new album by them at the time, in 1997, and some friends were into DT and I happened to listen to it, but it was a very casual thing. Only when I became fan in 1999 I went back to it.

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: In 1999. On release day. I had become a fan in the months before, I still had no internet at home and I went to the store knowing ONLY that "the new DT album" was out on that day. I discovered right then in the store that it was Metropolis pt 2 and not a second earlier.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All the albums up until then.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: On the bottom, I don't hate it but it's one of my very least favorites.

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: The absolute and undisputed best.

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: DT.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: One year or slightly more. I registered in the build-up to the release of The Astonishing.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: Through my cousin who was into them, I'm old enough to have lived in the cassettes era so I had mix tapes from him with DT songs stuck at the end to fill up the time.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: The keyword is already in the question: Practice. Jam, jam, jam, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, and listen with a critical ear to what other bands are doing, to figure out their "tricks".

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: No,

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: It helps to keep the sound fresh, especially when using an external producer. Depending on the kind of band, using external songwriters may be an additional help.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: The Dark Eternal Night from Systematic Chaos. Heavy for the sake of being heavy, a bloated and improvised solo section, and cheesy lyrics. All the contrary of what I look for in DT (Well, I look for heaviness, just not that kind)

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: No

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: No

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Heavy / folk metal

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2017, 05:57:19 AM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fane
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Answer: A), since 2011 or so.

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 2011

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 2012

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All of them

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: #3

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: #6

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: DreamTheaterForums.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: Since 2012

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: Late 2011, I played In the Name of God on a Guitar-Hero-clone for PC.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: Taking the necessary time, and willingness to rework their material when they are not satisfied with it.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: No.

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: If the band feels this step to be necessary, then I doubt that the results would be better without an outside producer/writer.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes.

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes.

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: Status Seeker. I think it doesn't work with Dominici's vocals at all, and it's just not interesting throughout, even if I liked the vocals.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Fates Warning.

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: I like the melancholy they inject into their music, and the fact that they never get lost in instrumental craziness, but always focus on the songs.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: Dislike would be too harsh a term, but both The Flower Kings and anything that involves Neal Morse I find rather boring.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: See above.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Progressive metal, avante-garde/experimental metal.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 07:36:59 AM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Answer: A) Longtime Fan

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: The day it was released in 1997.

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: The day it was released in 1999.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All of them (in both cases).

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: Probably 6th.

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 3rd.

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: DTF.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: Since its inception.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: Heard Pull Me Under on the radio back in 1993.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: Practice, work, practice, work and more practice and work.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: No.

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: Because outsiders can often help.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes.

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes.

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: Constant Motion - chose it because of its poor vocal melodies.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: The Flower Kings

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: Songwriting, style, overall vibe.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: Pain of Salvation

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: their sound and style doesn't appeal to me.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Prog rock, classic rock.

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2017, 07:38:59 AM »
Hello DT forum!

I'm attempting to compile some research on fan reception to two of Dream Theater's albums: 'Falling into Infinity' and 'Scenes from a Memory'. This is for part of a research paper that I'll be presenting to my lecturers at university, in relation to Popular Music and Sociological study.
As such, I've made a questionnaire that I'd really appreciate any fans (die-hard or casual) filling out if they have the time, so long as they have listened to at least these two DT albums.

So, If you'd like to give your answers by responding to this post, or if you'd like to PM me a response, that'd be great!
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
 
C)   Hardcore Fan
 
Can't I be both? If not, A

 

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

The day it came out.

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
The day it came out.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

All of them

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Last

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Second

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

DTF

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?


12 years, but I first joined the old board when SFAM came out. Posted for about 6 months, and then didn't rejoin until 8V came out.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)


June 8, 1992. Saw DT (who I didn't know) open for Iron Maiden at The Ritz in NYC. I was blown away. I believe they opened with PMU.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

I think a song has to climax and have a tidy ending.


Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?

B) No


Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Nothing wrong with an outside voice.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes


Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
 

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

You Not Me...The song doesn't go anywhere and there's nothing musically interesting about it.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Yes

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Challenging music, songs that make me bob my head, and good vocals.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?
Yes

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Anything with growlie vocals. Also, I like progressive music on the heavy side. Not a fan of ambient progressive music.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Hard Rock
Heavy Metal


would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2017, 07:50:21 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Answer: Longtime fan (since 1993)

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1997

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1999

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 6th

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 5th

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: DTF.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: since the beginning

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: 1993, LatM

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: listen to music a lot, be open, practise.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: No

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: it can help a band branch things out and be more objective towards their music.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: yes

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: The Dark Eternal Night : hate the vocal effects, but the song itself is quite ridiculous, beginning with its topic. Does nothing for me because I don't find the music very attractive either.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Fates Warning

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: Ray Alder's vocals, the melodies and Mark Zonder.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: No.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer:

Prog metal, metal
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2017, 07:57:35 AM »

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: 1993, LatM

 Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer:

Prog metal, metal

Bert, I didn't have you pegged as that old, nor a metal fan. Can't say I remember you posting in the Hard Rock Classic Metal thread.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2017, 10:05:24 AM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Answer: A

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1997 upon release.

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1999 upon release.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All of them.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer : 7th

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 4th

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: dtf.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: Joined May 20th, 2007

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: Fall/Autumn 1992. Pull Me Under/Images and Words.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: There's no such thing as practicing good song writing. Good song writing is a product of imagination and inspiration.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: B. Depending on the circumstances.

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: A fresh perspective on song structure can be a positive.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: Just Let Me Breathe. I like the lyrics of the song, but musically it does nothing for me. The song feels like a forced "rocker" that was placed on the album to break up the flow of the album.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Yes

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: Fates Warning. Brilliant vocal melodies, lyrics and interesting music. They can be progressive without trying to wow the listener with virtuosity.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: ELP

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: They were/are very talented musicians, but I find their song writing to be boring and cheesy.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Progressive and traditional hard rock/metal.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2017, 10:37:08 AM »

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: 1993, LatM

 Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer:

Prog metal, metal

Bert, I didn't have you pegged as that old, nor a metal fan. Can't say I remember you posting in the Hard Rock Classic Metal thread.

Well, first, I'm an old fart (46 this year)  ;D. Besides, I mostly post in the DT forum (my favorite band), then the GMD subforum and then the GD one. I never post in the metal thread. My metal tastes have been stuck somewhere in the 80s-90s, with a few exception for "modern" metal bands as Darkane.

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2017, 10:51:06 AM »
My metal tastes have been stuck somewhere in the 80s-90s, 

That describes everyone in the thread! Check it out. Would love to have your input.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2017, 11:20:14 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime (?) Fan
Answer:  2003

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
Answer:  2007, a few days after DT's concert in Baltimore

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
Answer:  July 2005.  It was on the shelf with the new 'Octavarium' CD, so I grabbed them both.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?
Answer:  All (plus all of the live cds, dvds, and a few bootlegs)

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer:  Above WDADU, Train of Thought, Systematic Chaos, and Black Clouds (though a couple of FII songs are deleted on my version)

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer:  Top four, with 'Six Degrees', 'Octavarium', and 'Images & Words'.

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?
Answer:  DTF

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?
Answer:  Oct 2015 after a long time on dt.net

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)
Answer:  Went to see Queensryche in 2003.  Did not know it was a co-headliner tour, and knew absolutely nothing about the last act of the evening.  Purchased 'Six Degrees' within the next two weeks, so 'The Glass Prison' was the first live and studio song I heard.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?
Answer:  Other than the gift, listening to others when they tell you things need to be edited, or simply aren't 'working'.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
Answer:  NO
Q10b. Reasons:  George Martin, Roy Thomas Baker, Carole King...just to name a few good producers and song writers.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes (from the 'Lifting Shadows' book)

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
Answer:  'The Great Debate'

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?
Answer:  Loathe the 'radio' bits and lyrics, otherwise that album was an almost perfect introduction for me to the band.  Most of 'Train of Thought' and 'Black Clouds' tracks do not work for me (heaviness, lyrics, meandering, not my style), but that track has zero appeal to me.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?
Answer:  Queensryche (and they should have stopped before or right after Q2K)

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).
Answer:  Vocals, music, lyrics, image

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?
Answer:  Not a follower of any.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).
Answer: N/A

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?
Answer:   Traditional rock (Beatles, Queen (band and solo), Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Rush, Queensryche, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Billy Joel, The Eagles, REM, Styx, The Rolling Stones, …..)    along with relaxing to Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2017, 11:48:06 AM »
Hey! :)

Thanks for this survey, I hope it will benefit you!

Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Answer: B, recent fan.

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: Hmmmm, I'd have to say mid 2015.

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: Same as above. Mid 2015.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: 14 and 14.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: I'd place it on 10th place.

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 1st place.

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: DTF

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: I'd say for 2 months now.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: A friend recommended me this band. I'd say early 2015 and I had heard the entirety of SFAM.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer:

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: No

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: Many great things have happened when a musician or a band worked with external songwriters or producers.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yep.

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Nope. All their songs are good.

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer:

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Nope!

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: Nope!

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Death metal, progressive rock/metal

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2017, 11:54:40 AM »

Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?

C)   Hardcore Fan (really I would say longtime fan, since 2000, but hardcore in the sense that I buy everything that comes out including bootleg and sometimes box sets).




Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: I would say 2001 or 2002.

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 2000

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer:Probably in the middle

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: Slightly above the middle

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: dreamtheaterforums.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: Since 2010, shortly after Portnoy left.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: I actually first heard them sometime in 1996 or 97.  Did not really listen intently until 2000.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: Dedication, knowledge, skill, creativity, and originality.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?



Answer:No.

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer:If it is done too much then the band loses their identity but if it is done just the right amount then it can increase the quality output.  It might not, but if it does then I have nothing against that.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?


Answer:Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?


Answer: Yes.

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: The Full Circle section of Octavarium.  The lyrics are goofy and kills the emotional mood set up by the first few movements.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: yes

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:Rush, Genesis, not any newer bands

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: Yes

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: I haven't heard many but Spock's Beard and Neal Morse I could just not get into

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Metal, Classic Rock


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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2017, 01:42:25 PM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: Probably around 2010, since I discovered DT in late 2009 and FII was not one of the first albums I listened to.


Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: Late 2009. Was the first DT album I ever heard, and the first prog album I heard too. I was inmediately sold.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All of them: WDADU, IAW, Awake, FII, SFAM, SDOIT, TOT, Octavarium, SC, BC&SL, ADTOE, DT12, TA.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 10

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 1

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: dreamtheaterforums.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: Almost a year, but checked it many times before joining.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: In late 2009. I was still taking bass lessons at the time (was 14 years old), and my bass teacher told me I should listen to this album, so he started playing SFAM from the beginning: Regression, then Overture 1928, then Strange DejaVu.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: Depends on the kind of music. To write pop, not so much effort. To write prog, lots of music theory and skills. In general, I would say passion, dedication, practice and tolerance to failure.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: Not a bad thing at all, but there's a limit at some point. You should keep your identity as a band/musician, but also learn as much as you can and get help from others, specially if you're just starting.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: I would say "Never Enough", since it's pretty much the Muse song "Stockholm Syndrome" with a just few tweaks. It doesn't sound like DT at all, excepting the instrumental section, but, still, it's weird. That being said, I enjoy 99% of DT's catalog and listen to them almost daily.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Yes, Spock's Beard.

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: I really like Neal Morse's work and Spock's Beard was his first "real" prog band.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: Yes, Periphery.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: Their musicians are great, and tried to like the band many times, but just can't stand the vocals, screams and over produced vocal sounds.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Progressive Rock/Metal, Contemporary Christian Music.

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2017, 02:13:15 PM »
My metal tastes have been stuck somewhere in the 80s-90s, 

That describes everyone in the thread! Check it out. Would love to have your input.

OK, sure, will check it out. I was afraid I would be the only one so caught somewhere in time.

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2017, 02:20:54 PM »
I'm probably the only one that ranks FII above Scenes, right? I haven't met anybody else who agrees with me there.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2017, 10:00:38 PM »
I'm probably the only one that ranks FII above Scenes, right? I haven't met anybody else who agrees with me there.

Possibly. I know there are other people who don't rank SFAM highly, but still probably rank FII lower.
I only rank FII one or two places behind SFAM, so I get it. :tup
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2017, 10:08:51 PM »
I'm probably the only one that ranks FII above Scenes, right? I haven't met anybody else who agrees with me there.

I agree but my apathy towards SFAM is very "out of sample" for someone who ranks I&W as one of the greatest albums of all time. ANd it's not because I adore FII either.

I was already a long term fan when FII was released and it was a real shock to the system - I hated it.  But over time I grew to like it well enough for what it was , a couple of tracks aside.   SFAM saw their sound return to something like what I loved but I just didn't connect with the songs or concept like everyone else.  In fact the DT style I really loved on the first 2-3 albums really didn't return fully - for me at least - until ADTOE.  Some would say it returned a bit too much :lol

I would have FII in my middle third of the discog and SFAM around the lower third.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2017, 12:11:22 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?

Answer: A

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1997

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1999

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 10

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 8

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: Dreamtheaterforums.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: Since October 2013

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: 1996, my drummer friend made me listen to Images and Words.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: A musician must have purposive creativity.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?

Answer: No

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: Songwriting and performance are different talents, so there's nothing wrong if you are good only in one and not both. Much more so production which requires more of a managerial skillset.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?

Answer: Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?

Answer: I'll give you two. Status Seeker and Prophets of War.

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: For Status Seeker, it just sounds so dated, the same reason why I don't like Learning to Live). For Prophets of War, I said before that good songwriting requires purposive creativity. Prophets of War fails in this regard because the music really did not fit the narrative of the song.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Savatage.

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: Their vision.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: None.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Progressive metal, and Filipino rock and alternative (being that I am from the Philippines) ;)


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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2017, 01:14:39 AM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
Answer: C)   Hardcore Fan (altho longtime fan also is a fitting description)

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
Answer: Right after I bought it. Not sure if I got it the very day it was released (Sept 23, 1997), but if not then, then within a few days. That said, I was already very familiar with 5 of the songs, having listened to a couple of Fix for 96 bootlegs beforehand.

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
Answer: Again, right after I bought it. Pretty sure that was a first day buy for me, so I'd say Oct 26, 1999.

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?
Answer: All of them, and yes I can name them all.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer: I'd rank it towards the bottom, probably third from worst.

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer: Only second behind the first disc of Six Degrees.

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?
Answer: DTF.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?
Answer: I believe it's coming up on 10 years.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)
Answer: Summer of 1989 - read a review of WDaDU.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?
Answer: Learning theory, examining the songwriting of good examples, taking the proper amount of time and gaining experience.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
Answer: Those are actually 2 different things. External songwriters, generally I would say yes. Outside producers, generally I would say no.

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)
Answer: Regarding external songwriters, I have an issue with them since it's not truly coming from the artist. From my point of view, the band/artist should be the one writing the songs, not someone else, or else the song is not really the band's/artist's. As for external producers, for the most part they simply refine the songs already written, which doesn't bother me in most cases.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
Answer: Yes.

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
Answer: Yes.

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?
Answer: While I immediately thought of You Not Me and Take Away My Pain, it's not just because both were changed by outsiders from the original demos; neither song does much for me. But I prefer the demo versions of both to the final versions.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?
Answer: Yes.

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).
Answer: Quite simply, I enjoy their music.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?
Answer: I can think of many.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).
Answer: For some bands, it was them trying too hard to write complex material. For others, they simply were copying DT's style instead of doing something original. And then there are those that have cookie monster vocals that I loathe.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?
Answer: Progressive metal/rock and classic rock.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2017, 06:48:30 AM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship?
Answer: Longtime Fan since 1993

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
Answer: September 1997

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
Answer: October 1999

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?
Answer: All of them

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer: Most likely 5th or 6th

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer: Most likely 3rd or 4th

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?
Answer: Dream Theater Forums

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?
Answer: A little under a year


Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)
Answer: 1993 my roommate in college gave me Images and Words and I was immediately hooked

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?
Answer: Collaboration, critical self-editing, practice and repetition

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
Answer: No

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: Sometimes outside eyes and ears can make a world of difference

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
Answer: Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
Answer: Yes

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer:  I don’t care for the Dark Eternal Night lyrically and most of the music does nothing for me.


Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Fates Warning and Queensryche

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: Song structure and lyrics.  Great playing too

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: None off the top of my head but to be fair, I don’t listen to more than 20-25 bands of the genre

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: N/A

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?
Blues and blues-rock
Hard rock and thrash metal

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2017, 07:03:37 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan


Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: Probably on the first day it came out, which if I remember correctly, was right after the "fix for 96" shows  (I won't cheat and check Wikipedia), so sometime in 1997

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: The day before it's official release.



Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?                All of them in order without having to check.



Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer:  7th out of 13



Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Answer: 4th out of 13


Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?
Answer:  www.dreamtheaterforums.org



Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?  Almost a year




Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer:  1992 (I was 18).    A close friend was one of John Petrucci's guitar students and he introduced me to DT.   Although I heard DT early than this memory, I clearly remember listening to "Learning to Live"  and telling him I thought it sounded like Styx!!!!
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Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?  Having a broad knowledge of different styles of music and appreciation for good songwriting - even in genres you may not particularly care for, long with trial and error.



Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?  NO!  (unless it is for every song on every album)

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)  There are reasons why certain songwriters are in demand - They are generally good at what they do.  As long as the songs still bear my mark and influence, I have no problem with it.  Isn't the idea to reach as many listeners as possible?




Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?  This is a silly question because most bands work with producers at some point - but yes, I am fully aware of the Desmond Child collaboration.



Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?  Other than 90% of  "The Astonishing,"    I would say "The Count of Tuscany"




Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?




Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?  Nope.  DT is pretty much the only "Prog"  I enjoy other than RUSH.  - Though I do love the song "Point of View" from Fates Warning.



Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).


Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?  Dislike is a strong word.



Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).




Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?  There's much more than 2, but for the past year I have found myself listening to a lot of 70's pop / Disco.   I also love 80's Hair bands and Depeche Mode.






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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2017, 08:12:27 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan


Answer:

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1997 (bought it on release day)

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 1999 (bought it on release day)

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: All of them.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 3rd

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: in the top half somewhere

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: DTF

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: since its inception

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: 1996, with the ACOS EP.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: All music is derivative of what came before it. Find what you like, then experiment with it.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?

A) YES

Answer:

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: From a fan's perspective, I want to hear what the people playing the instruments and singing have come up with on their own.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?

A) YES. Briefly, on Falling Into Infinity


Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?

B) YES

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: DT has written a lot of (to my ears) bad songs. The first that comes really to mind is probably Octavarium, with how much of that song is lifted from DT's influences.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: YES

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: They know to concentrate on making the song sound fluid, and not overplaying.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: Of course.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Hard Rock & Heavy Metal
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2017, 06:07:43 AM »
1. B: recent fan
2. I listened to every DT album in 2015 (except the Astonishing obviously), but FII came near the end of that listening order.
3. SFAM came as the very last album in the order (in fact, I'm pretty sure I heard the FII & SFAM back-to-back)
4. All albums, all song & roughly the exact duration of each song (give or take around 15 seconds)
5. 12/13 (11/12 when I first heard it)
6. 4/13 (2/12 when I first heard it)
7. DTF (obviously)
7 (again?). You can see this on any one of our profiles but I joined in September of 2015 (after I had heard every DT album at the time).
8. 1/1/2015 & The Root Of All Evil (because iTunes recomended the Octavarium album to me & I recognised the cover art)
9. A sense of setting up the exact mood the song intends to create while also doing so in an interesting way. This way it maximises the immersion the listener experiences with the song (which by the way is one of the reasons why I love Dream Theater so much). (that was 49 words  :lol)
10. No, because a producer can offer an outside perspective of what the song's atmosphere creates, & a producer's perspective will often be much more unbiased & more similar to a listener's perspective than the composer's.
11a (why is there an a with no b?). Yes, in fact I didn't realise that their later albums were self-produced!  :justjen
12. Yes, Take Away My Pain (the studio version only) because (in a nutshell) its direction is so indirect & confused that it clashes with itself on everything it tries to portray.
13a. Prog bands that released during the 90's sure, but not specifically their material from the 90's (Rush, Yes, King Crimson, etc.)
13b. Depends on the band but one common thing is their ability to constantly change their sound while (usually) not coming off as desperate or trying too hard to follow trends (I say usually because TCOL exists).
14. No, but that's likely because I'm still exploring the genre.
15. Prog rock & metal (cliche answer, I know, but still true  :hat)

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #25 on: January 04, 2017, 06:20:57 AM »

Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?

Answer:  A

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 23. september 1997

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 29. september 1999

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: all of them

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 7

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: 2

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: dtf.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: 10 years - 17 if we count dt.net

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: 1994 - Another Day, on a compilation album called "Even More Power Ballads"

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: knowledge of music theory, or an ear for what sounds good.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: No

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: Because external input is always a good thing - it always help to have a second ear to listen to the stuff you created and to give reasonable feedback.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer:  Yes

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: Raw Dog - pointless meandering around poorly executed ideas clearly a hack job completed for the sake of being included on the GOW compilation.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Yes

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: Good songs.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: No

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: thrash, heavy metal,  alt rock, pop, jazz fusion, classical, movie scores,

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2017, 10:25:34 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
Longtime Fan

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Upon release 1997

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Upon release 1999

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

All of them (easily)

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Only behind, SFAM, I & W, Awake, TOT & SDOIT (so, #6).

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

A toss up between SFAM & I&W for the number one spot (changes whenever I listen to each album) ;)

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

DT.net :huh:

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

A few years....belong to MP.com forever

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

1995 a friend turned me on to the band

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

No idea since I'm not a musician

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
No

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

I would think it's always good to get an outside perspective

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
Yes

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
Yes
Vacant, Disappear, Space Dye Vest


Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

The 3 songs I chose just are not of interest to me at all

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Sure, my favorite other prog metallers from the '90's are Fates Warning, Symphony X, Spocks Beard, among others.

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Classic Prog metal

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Of course, many, but I would say that Steven Wilson of Porcupie Tree IMO is THE most overrated.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Fairly boring in my estimation.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Prog Rock & Classic Rock.

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2017, 11:15:00 AM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?

Answer:
A)   Longtime Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer:  2001

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer:  1999

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer:  I have listened to and can name all 13.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer:  10/13

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer:  2/13

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer:  DTF.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer:  Since I am the founder, I have been here since its inception in May 2007.  Previously, I was a member of dreamtheater.net/bb since probably early 2002, then dreamtheaterforums.com, and then this place.

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer:  1992 when hearing Pull Me Under on radio.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer:  It varies considerably from band to band.  If the members feel a genuine connection to what they are playing, that often manifests itself in a good way in the songs that they craft.  But beyond that, it is too hard to say.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer:  In general, no.  But…

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer:  …it depends on the band and circumstance.  Sometimes, the outside influence can yield great results.  Other times, I can come across as artificial.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer:  Yes.

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer:  Yes.

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer:  It is hard to find a “bad” song by them, but there are a small handful.  Prophets of War stands out.  It has some good moments, but is musically a mess and its lyrics are offensive.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer:  Yes.  Several.

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:  Although I grew up on straightforward ‘80s hard rock, I have come to find more enjoyment from music that is a bit more complex and layered.  A number of acts, such as Fates Warning, for example, also do complex metal well.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer:  Yes.  Several.

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:  Many sound uninspired or “technical just for the sake of being technical” without writing good music that resonates emotionally.

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer:  Various types of rock and metal, including “classic” rock/metal, progressive rock/metal, power metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal.
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2017, 11:58:27 AM »
Dream Theater Questionnaire:

Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A)   Longtime Fan
B)   Recent Fan
C)   Hardcore Fan
D)   Casual Fan
E)   Not yet a Fan/Just giving Dream Theater a chance
F)   Not a fan, but like other Prog Rock
G)   Not a fan, and don’t like Prog Rock

Answer: B

Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 2012

Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.

Answer: 2012

Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?

Answer: Everyone, I can name anyone.

Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: About third-to last

Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?

Answer: First.

Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?

Answer: dreamtheaterforums.org

Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?

Answer: About 3 years

Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)

Answer: 2012, I started listening after a drum clinic by Mangini. He played Outcry and I was blown away.

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: Listen to your favorite artists, dissect their writing and find out where you fit in it. Mix everything and be coherent to what you are and what you want.

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: A

Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)

Answer: It takes away the real essence of an artist. In music it is really important. But as far as producers go, it's okay. It keeps it interesting.

Q11a. Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: A

Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
A) Yes
B) No

Answer: A

Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer: A Rite of Passage. It is just their dullest track. It's not terrible, it's just so flat and repetitive. It also has very few interesting ideas and a very repetitive structure.

Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?

Answer: Porcupine Tree
Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer: I like the way that each member is so unique in his style, but together they sound like one compact group of musician, which has influences from all four. They are perfect for each other.

Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?

Answer: Not really

Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Answer:

Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?

Answer: Progressive Metal and Heavy Metal
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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2017, 06:21:17 PM »
Q1. Which of the following do you believe best describes your Dream Theater fanship (Please pick one)?
A
Q2. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Falling Into Infinity’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
1997
Q3. When did you first hear the studio album ‘Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory’? Even if you can only remember which year it was.
1999
Q4. How many Dream Theater studio albums have you listened to? How many can you name (without checking through your music collection or the internet)?
All - Can name them all off the top of my head
Q5. Where would you rank ‘Falling Into Infinity’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
Around 7th out of 13 studio releases
Q6. Where would you rank ‘…Scenes from a Memory’ (in best-to-worst order) in your knowing list of Dream Theater studio albums?
1st
Q7. Which forum have you used to find and answer this questionnaire?
Answer: dreamtheaterforums.org I actually just joined this forum so I could answer (as along time fan). Been on the MP forum since 2003
Q7. How long have you been a member of this forum?
One day!
Q8. How and When did you discover Dream Theater’s music? (i.e. In which year did you first hear their music, and which song/album was it?)
1995 - Awake
Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?
Have a broad range of influences. Edit your ideas. If you can hum it or remember it the next day it is a keeper.
Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
No
Q10b. Why? (No more than 50 words)
Having an additional collaborator, in either instance can help the artist grow by seeing or hearing a different side of themselves, either through development of ideas, style or production technique.
Q11.Were you aware that Dream Theater are a band that have worked with songwriters and producers in the past?
Yes
Q12. Can you give an example of a ‘bad’ Dream Theater song?
Yes
Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?
Either Forsaken or Wither. Not that I dont like slower material, but in both of these instances I felt they were trying for a sound that was very copycat, maybe even aiming for a hit. Neither work for me as a sound or approach that works for DT (imho)
Q13a. Do you have an affinity for a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that released material in the 1990’s?
Porcupine Tree is probably my favorite
Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).
Perfect blend of unique, melodic, memorable, top notch songwriting, production and performance.
Q14a. Is there a particular other Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal act that you dislike?
Mars Volta
Q14b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you dislike about this Prog act (if not, leave blank).
Just too out there for me. Cant find the 1. I need a little groove once in a while.
Q15. Which genres of music would you say you find yourself listening to most of the time (please give two)?
Prog and Guitar based "Classic Rock" from the 60's through the 90's












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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2017, 04:44:40 AM »

Q9. In no more than 50 words, what do you think it takes for a musician or band to practice good Songwriting?

Answer: There's no such thing as practicing good song writing. Good song writing is a product of imagination and inspiration.


PowerSlave; It is not my intention to critique your answer, nor dispute it, but if I may...
Can you logically put "there's no such thing" and "[it] is the product of [this]" in the same answer? It is as if you deny it can be put down to specific things and then give examples of what specific things it takes, all in the same answer?

Any clarification would be appreciated :)

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2017, 04:48:27 AM »
Q12b. In no more than 50 words, which song was it, and why did you choose it? Or, conversely, in no more than 50 words, why do you think you’ve not heard a ‘bad’ song from Dream Theater yet/what is it about their repertoire that you consistently enjoy?

Answer:  It is hard to find a “bad” song by them, but there are a small handful.  Prophets of War stands out.  It has some good moments, but is musically a mess and its lyrics are offensive.

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2017, 05:46:09 AM »

Q10a. Do you think that a musician or band working with external songwriters and producers is a bad thing?
Answer: Those are actually 2 different things. External songwriters, generally I would say yes. Outside producers, generally I would say no.


Setlist Scotty; I'm certainly aware that these are two different things. The general question concerns wether you feel that it's a bad thing for a band to work with songwriters AND producers. Therefore, I'll take your answer to be a 'yes' if your opinion is that it is bad for a band to use at least one of these things...?

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2017, 06:11:59 AM »

Q13b. If so, in no more than 50 words, describe what it is that you like about this [other] Prog act (if not, leave blank).

Classic Prog metal


As I Am; This is an interesting answer for me... Could you define what it is that makes a Prog act 'classic'? (In my own words as an Englishman, "Cor blimey, that sounds like a proper Classic Prog act, doesn't it Guv'na!") - Is it a time period, or a certain sound?

I ask as this will probably be my next post on the forum: Is Prog Rock really 'Progressive' - or is 'Prog' given as a somewhat incoherent label to a sub-style of Rock that follows different rules to, say, Grunge or Glam Rock? I.E. what's the difference between 'Prog' and 'Experimental' rock?

(If you wouldn't mind just answering the first question, I can wait until my next post for an all-out keyboard war between DT fans  :lol)

Thanks, DTresearcher

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Re: Do you prefer the 'Falling...' album, or 'Scenes...pt.2'?
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2017, 10:21:32 AM »
1. (H) former fan. Register that how you wish.

2. 1997 When it was new

3. 1999 When it was new

4. All of them

5. 4th or 5th

6. 3rd or 4th

7. DTF, wikiP

8. Heard PMU on the radio ~92

9. No idea, since I certainly couldn't do it.

10 a/b Depends on the band and circumstances. Having an outside writer pen your songs is bad. Having somebody to say "you know, maybe this instead of that would work" is a fine thing.

11. Yes

12 a/b I Walk Beside You. Derivative. Trying to be something they're not.

13 a/b Plenty. Appreciation of music is subjective and some of these bands make music I enjoy.

14 a/b Never cared much for Opeth. Again, simply my subjective likes and dislikes.

15. Jazz and classic metal.
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