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During the Three Weeks, Sefira, and perhaps even year-round, listening to music is forbidden. What constitutes music varies in its definition, but for the past century or so artists have been creating sound-based work with little or no melodic or even rhythmic content.

Would something like this be forbidden at any time?

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I personally think it should be forbidden all the time. But that's a matter of taste. – Seth J Jul 10 '12 at 20:41
This is a question that will receive a very scattered myriad of sources. – Hacham Gabriel Jul 13 '12 at 2:30
I don't own this Sefer but I once found tons of info from it. It's called piske teshuvot. Look on siman 570 I believe. – Hacham Gabriel Jul 13 '12 at 2:32
@HachamGabriel It is 551:13 in the Piskei Tshuvos,and he references back to 493 for Mekoros. Will look it up when I have a chance. – sam Jul 13 '12 at 3:32
Halichos Shlomo quotes R. S.Z. Auerbach (by the laws of sefirah) as saying that only music that would bring one to dancing is prohibited. I assume 3 weeks has the same rule – Matt Jul 4 '14 at 7:04

BH I'm going to add to this answer later. But for now... Harav Belsky shelita holds that a cappella counts as music and is asur during sefira etc.

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@msh210 thank you! – Hacham Gabriel Jul 13 '12 at 17:12
So does the Tzitz Eliezer 15:33. – sam Jul 13 '12 at 18:33
You ready to add? – Seth J Sep 9 '13 at 0:44
Hacham @SethJ How bout now? – Shokhet Jul 4 '14 at 5:21

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