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riff

Music
(in jazz or rock music) a short series of chords
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RIFF

(file format)
Microsoft's equivalent to the Amiga's IFF files format. RIFF is used for WAV and AVI files.
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RIFF

(1) (Resource Interchange File Format) A multimedia file format introduced by Microsoft and IBM in the early 1990s that is structured in "chunks." Each chunk identifies the type of data that follows, thus RIFF files can be composites of different audio and video content. Microsoft's AVI and WAV files conform to the RIFF format. See AVI and WAV.

(2) An earlier bitmapped graphics format developed for Letraset's ImageStudio and Ready, Set, Go programs for the Macintosh.
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The Heroes are unashamedly big on riffs, in part because vocalist Justin Schlosberg was a later addition to the original quartet.
From the opening rockaway riff of Nothing to the post-psychedelic swirl of the title track finale, this is a pop-rock tour de force that outguns all its Stateside rivals.
efforts to take [the form] as far as it would go." This extension, which is improvisation, is to riff from the tradition the method that can make the solution fit the indigenous style; it is to make the tradition your own.
The band were so influential that even Nirvana ripped off the riff of their song Eighties for Come As You Are and David Grohl jumped at the chance to play drums on their last album.
Or maybe somebody will have a riff and we'll start going from that.
(As a recurrent, structuring theme, Parks's oeuvre is littered with references to absences, holes, and gaps.) The use of the jazz/blues motif as an archeological tool simultaneously riffs on the verb to dig, the black vernacular term meaning `to understand' or `to appreciate' something.
MUsE- KnIgHts OF CynDOnIA- great intro, excellent hypnotic riffs throughout, its impossible not to break out the air guitar while hearing belamy work his magic.
HARKING back to the days of long-haired metal, Soil try to breath new life into Metallica-style riffs.
The call-and-response phenomenon is found within numerous instrumental (e.g., jazz riffs) and vocal genres (e.g., the "hi-de-ho" section from Cab Calloway's song "Minnie the Moocher") cited by Floyd, but more insightful observations regarding this performance practice are found in William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony (1930):
STRAIGHT-FORWARD heavy rock was the order of the night as the American four-piece rumbled through an hour's worth of riffs. The "no questions asked" rock, steeped in Black Sabbath, was a juggernaut of sound played loud enough to knock you on your back.
"We want the music to be constantly changing and focused on all the money riffs. It's supposed to be like Christmas morning, you are just opening up riff after riff," says Smith.
Edge of the Blade and Vampires follow along the same path as the previous songs, with groovy guitar riffs and catchy choruses, the band doing a great job of bridging the 80s hard rock sound with today's alternative sound.