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Cory05 2013-01-07 14:48

Genre distinction!!!!
 
Hi there one and all.

I am a complete noob for many of the electronic genres out there and so thought this thread may help any of us who are not quite sure of what specific elements make up a genre.

Contributers this is a very sort of generic thing and it can be any genre or form. If you're an expert on the subject would love to see what you type and perhaps here an example too.

Since I was classically trained I'll give an example below to start things off.

Cory05 2013-01-07 14:51

Rondo
 
Rondo: loosely means 'return': its a form of classical music (which has been introduced into modern genres as well) which has a theme that keeps returning between new themes. It can be represented like this:

A B A C A B A
or this

A B A C A D A B A C A

as long as the main theme returns.

An example would be Mozart's 'Rondo All Turca' but since I didn't write it or publish it I shant give an audio example of it.

Ta da!!!

Cory05 2013-01-07 14:58

Generic Pop Song
 
Pop: Short for popular music is a 'popular' form of music where perhaps emphasis is sometimes directed at the spectacle more than the music itself. Having said that, A typical pop song has three main elements: verse, chorus, bridge.

Verse explains whats going on.
Chorus drives home the main idea.
Bridge, provides alternative, or maybe's or another point of view.

Emphasis is place on the words although sometimes a Riff is the most memorable part of the music. Pop music relies heavily on the 'hook' which grabs the audience attention, and the hook can be the lyrics or a Riff or some other part of the song (eg chord structure)

Cory05 2013-01-07 14:59

etc etc. So a couple of examples, perhaps a little boring as they dont come with audio examples. What I would love to know. What part actually makes Dubstep for example. Is it the idea of half time squashed into the dance beat or perhaps there's a more elegant way to put it. So come on down people who know stuff!!!!

emersound 2013-01-09 09:42

here's my advice to you. Don't get stuck in a genre, because before long it will be all you can do well, try making your own music from your imagination and see where that takes you. Then if you want to categorize it you can later.

Cory05 2013-01-14 13:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by emersound (Post 1215136)
here's my advice to you. Don't get stuck in a genre, because before long it will be all you can do well, try making your own music from your imagination and see where that takes you. Then if you want to categorize it you can later.

thx for your feedback. My intention wasn't to stick to a genre. It was to group particular elements together, kind of like a library. eg. just focusing on rhythm, I could have a bossa rhythm as a MIDI file, or a disco feel in a groove template to help with streamlining.

hamst3rf1sh 2013-01-14 14:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cory05 (Post 1218617)
thx for your feedback. My intention wasn't to stick to a genre. It was to group particular elements together, kind of like a library. eg. just focusing on rhythm, I could have a bossa rhythm as a MIDI file, or a disco feel in a groove template to help with streamlining.

I'm with emersound on this one. Genre distinctions are only useful as a listener not as a creator. If we were tie ourselves down in that manner then the world would never get to benefit from the sounds of post-industrial-alternacore or proto-ambient-jazz-pop. I don't want to live in that world.

TheFatControlleR 2013-01-14 15:13

IMO the only reason to specialise (in career terms) in a genre is if you genuinely feel your expertise lay there and you can bring something fresh to it and take it somewhere new.

Anyhoo, I digress; not that Wiki is gospel truth and many will disagree with definitions, you may want to take a peek at this list of 'Electronic Music Genres'.

Again, in EDM terms, there's also Ishkur's page too.

Clearly this is a narrow field of many sub-genres. I'll leave jazz, rock, blues, rock 'n' Roll, psychobilly, punk, et al to others. ;)


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