THE GENRES OF MUSIC
EDM is a bit like an abstract painting: it is an impressionistic interpretation of the Funk groove inspired by futuristic visions, nihilistic views, electronic circuits, or the networks of the inner mind. It is the most introverted of all super-genres – the quiet thinker – who likes to fiddle with technology until the wee hours of the morning.
- In the early eighties, a trio of pioneers in Detroit began merging the sounds of synthpop and Italo-disco with funk. In 1981, 2 legends started releasing records as Cybotron. Techno was born.
- Around the same time, the infant hip-hop community picked up elements of Kraftwerk’s music and created electro. Electro relied heavily on synthesized beats and computerised vocoder voices. Electro spawned the idea of the funky computer. MCs rapped over its beats, and breakdancers formed a new culture in the cities where electro reigned. All this was made possible through advanced inexpensive technology.
- In the late eighties and early nineties Techno and house, failed to gain mainstream success in the United States, became a huge phenomenon in Europe; which marked the beginning of something unique. After this, the graph of electronic music was ever rising and unstoppable.
- Real Techno is rather limited in its amount of sub-genre. Its purist and minimalist approach allow little room for a large variety of styles. Techno hasn’t produced new styles in quite some time.
- Lately, Techno has become popular in less expected parts of the globe, where it fuses with regional world music. In Mexico, Techno mixes with Norteña and becomes “Nortec” (or TecnoRifa) and in Brazil a new genre emerges known as “Tecnobrega”.
- Although Techno has barely renewed itself since its inception, one must regard this as proof of Techno being perhaps the most timeless of all super-genres. Partly because voice and singer personality give music a temporal frame, a mortal dimension.
- Early adversaries claimed that the fad Techno would soon become outdated, especially as it was so technology bound. Yet after thirty years it still is the ultimate DJ failsafe, regardless what kind of crowd.
It’s difficult to say where the electro music is headed. The Internet transformed the music industry just as genres began to get increasingly specialized. Techno is a soundtrack for the wired world. Some of its original creators are approaching their forties, but many of its current listeners are in their twenties and early thirties—people who grew up with computers. Techno reminds us that humans control the machines, and electronics can be used to express funk and soul, so as long as the humans have a solid control over the technology and are always advancing with the same, electronic music will continue to grow.
With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness.
- Heavy Metal reflected the mood of disenfranchised youth on the margins of society.
Originally, it was used as a means of protest but over time, Heavy Metal evolved into a musical movement that embraced escapism and fantasy in a way that Punk did not.
- Musically, Heavy Metal has deep roots in the Hard Rock of the 1960s, and by extension in the Blues, as filtered through the work of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Cream.
- Heavy metal’s popularity slumped during the disco years at the end of the 1970s, but it became more successful than ever in the 1980s.
- Despite heavy criticism from the general public, the metal lovers have been rather loyal and continue to love it for as long as they can remember.
- Heavy Metal is extremely popular within nerd culture. This is no coincidence: Metal is music for the analytical mind; it does not simply present itself but challenges the listener to carefully dissect the overload of mid- and low-frequency aural information. In order to absorb all of the music, Metal urges to re-listen at high volume.
- Since nerd culture has taken an interest in Metal, it has become one of the most defined, examined and structured super-genres, with a strong hierarchical genealogy and copious (over 50) subgenres, sometimes bordering on the ludicrous
It is only a matter of time before Ninja Metal gets invented, but until then, there is already plenty to explore within one of the healthiest super-genres and with one of the most loyal fan bases.
It’s generally accepted that the music evolved from African spirituals, African chants, work songs, field hollers, rural fife and drum music, revivalist hymns, and country dance music. The blues grew up in the Mississippi Delta just upriver from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz
- The blues has deep roots in American history, particularly African-American history. The blues originated on Southern plantations in the 19th Century. Its inventors were slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves—African-American sharecroppers who sang as they toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields.
- Unlike jazz, the blues didn’t spread out significantly from the South to the Midwest until the 1930s and ’40s. Once the Delta blues made their way up the Mississippi to urban areas, the music evolved into electrified Chicago blues, other regional blues styles, and various jazz-blues hybrids. A decade or so later the blues gave birth to the rhythm in blues and rock ‘n roll.
- Sometimes contemporary Blues is mentioned as a subcategory, but as a genre, it doesn’t really exist. There are virtually no sources clarifying it, nor can a cohesive definition be constructed. This is a very strange phenomenon, suggesting that Blues itself is as good as dead, being the only super-genre that hasn’t spawned a new genre in more than twenty years. However, it can be considered as an umbrella for music that does not fit into any other genres.
Considering the fact, that the blues as a genre has seized to exist altogether and now only harbours the genres that do not belong elsewhere, the survival of the contemporary blues will depend solely on the creation of new genres and music.
A form of popular music which evolved from rock and roll and pop music during the mid and late 1960s. Harsher and often self-consciously more serious than its predecessors, it was initially characterized by musical experimentation and drug-related or anti-establishment lyrics.
- Rock music’s origins can be traced back to the late 1940s, when the popular styles of the day, country, and blues, morphed into a new sound aided by electric guitars and a steady drum beat.
- Around the 1970s, rock music with its unique style became rather popular and was one of the most dominant genres of the music industry.
- As the 1980s began, mainstream rock started losing its charm and hence to keep the genre alive, various alternatives starting coming up; college rock also referred to as indie rock being the most successful of the lot.
- However, with the beginning of the 1990s, efforts to bring mainstream rock back into the market were made rigorous and were indeed successful in their attempt.
- The mainstream rock music is back and the first band to capitalize the same was Limp Bizktit, that melded hard rock and rap.
- As rock music enters the 21st century, the most successful acts possess the same spirit as their ‘60s predecessors, even if they sound quite different. Linkin Park fuses hip-hop and metal, while 3 Doors Down emulates hard-rock traditions of the past while providing a contemporary spin.
Observing the ever-changing trends, undoubtedly, rock music will keep evolving in the future, drawing from its rich history while continuing to keep its ear open for the next sonic reinvention.
Pop music is the genre of popular music that produces the most hits. A hit is a song that sells many copies, and the latest hits are listed every week on the charts.
- The pop music was initially founded between the 1890s to 1920s.
- The dance music element of western pop music can be traced back to Ragtime, which was initially popular in African American communities, and mainly disseminated through sheet music and player pianos.
- From the sixties until the eighties, Rock forms the basis for Pop, but that foundation shifts towards House in the nineties and R&B/Rap in the allies.
- The pop artists had a tremendous popular appeal and their songwriters would seek inspiration from the most diverse genres in order to attain the perfect success formula. This means that at first Pop was not seen as a separate genre, but a collection of music from different genres that are the most popular. But that’s all a matter of perspective.
- With each passing year, the slope of pop music was ever increasing, making it one of the most preferred genres that the music industry consists of.
- Lately, Pop has become too eclectic to identify another super-genre within as the dominant core. Whatever that core may be, Pop is always a lighter, more accessible variant with catchy, pronounced melodies, but not too complex.
- Currently, the pop culture creates no barriers and has the aim to include anyone and everyone. Pop culture, now, is whatever gets the most appeal from people, the common denominator between different music tastes and the most flexible, applicable to styles. Never too extreme in one aspect or another, yet never too mundane or boring.
Pop seeks to catch the attention fast and hold it, but never in an offensive or disturbing way. Since pop music is so versatile and flexible, it will continue to exist for as long as the great and appealing music is produced, and as the current scenario seems, pop culture will never cease to exist.