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Music's Genres?
« on: June 01, 2008, 07:54:53 pm »
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Could anyone please explain to me the differences between all or some music genres?!

I have a seldom information a bout that and i really want to know more!
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008, 08:27:01 am »
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There are almost too many music genres/styles to mention Mai, but here goes:

Rock - Started as Rock'n'Roll around the 1950s. Encompasses mostly music featuring electric guitar, bass, drums, a lead vocalist, and sometimes keyboards and other instruments.  There are MANY off-shoots of Rock: Heavy Metal, Grunge, Rockabilly, Punk, Emo, Goth, Alternative, Indie etc.

^^^ The differences between the above groups included under the banner of 'Rock' music can be subtle and hard to define.
 
Heavy Metal is, as it's name implies, heavy on guitars and drums, with loud, sometimes screaming vocals.

Grunge (think Nirvana) is also usually quite 'heavy' both in sound and often in theme.

Rockabilly is similar to traditional 50s Rock'n'Roll with an emphasis on guitars and double-bass.

Punk is usually fast-paced 'anti-establishment'-themed rock, often with a social or political agenda.

Emo is like a cross between pop/punk/goth and is often distinguished more by the bands' image than their actual music. The term 'emo' is derived from the word 'emotional/emotive' and is used to represent the bands' lyrical content.

Goth refers to a genre of 'dark' (both lyrically and image-wise) dirge-like music. Goth image and video-clips tend toward the 'arty' side and feature a lot of black and often depressive and occultish imagery.

Alternative rock refers mainly to non-mainsteam pop-rock, and can be heard on independent/college radio stations.  Sometimes 'alternative' rock features subversive themes or lyrics not suitable for mainstream airplay, but more often, these bands are simply 'indie' artists (see below).

Indie music technically refers to bands/artists that are not signed to major record labels.  Therefore, Indie is not really indicative of genre. However, the term has popularly come to mean slightly 'left-field' bands that do not usually get mainstream airplay or have an 'alternative' image or sound.

Rap - Pretty self-explanatory.  Involves the vocalist/s using spoken words rather than traditional singing.  Very 'beat' orientated, and often, but not always performed by black artists, with mostly urban/social themes.

Hip-hop - Usually lighter variant of rap, often including actual singing with a mixture of social/personal themes. Also beat/dance orientated.

Rhythm and Blues (R'n'B) - This term used to refer to faster, guitar-based 'blues' music, but now encompasses a wide range of popular music, usually dance orientated, hence the word 'rhythm'.

Pop - Along with Rock, one of the most diverse genres of music since the name refers to the word 'popular' music, though usually referring to lighter, catchy popular tunes that you are likely to hear on mainstream radio.  Can be fast, dance music, slower ballads, R'n'B, modern country or a fusion of styles.

Electro/Electronica/Trance - Emphasis on electronic instrumentation, with, or without vocals.  This music is mainly played in clubs, and is generally geared towards dancing, having a strong back-beat, and is often heavy on bass.

Country - Ranges from traditional country such as Patsy Kline, Dolly Parton, to more modern country music - Keith Urban, Dixie Chicks etc.  The themes are usually personal, often about lost love/heartbreak.

Trad. jazz (traditional jazz) - Usually features brass instruments, drum 'brush' effects and the like, often 'scat' singing (nonsense, made-up words between verses) such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and the like.

Traditional Blues - Usually involves soulful, sad lyrics and a diverse range of instruments.

Classical - Music that is usually written for an orchestra, small instrumental group such as a string quartet, or for piano/harpsichord.  Often includes long pieces of music such as Symphonies.  Rarely features traditional singing.

There are many branches to the above styles and everyone will have a slightly different interpretation of each one.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008, 09:11:38 am »
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Gem is correct on all counts but she forgot the most important music genre in the HIStory of music.  That genre is called 'Michael Jackson'.


Honestly Gem!  Neverland may have to invade Always & Forever if you keep omitting our King.
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008, 09:27:31 am »
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Nice summary there Gem! I must say I always get confused over musical genres - I tend to say I like indie pop/rock! Can't go wrong with that label, lol!
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008, 06:26:08 pm »
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Hip Hop~Its liek rap sorta but not really... Its more like dancing involved/crumping/c-walking and all that

Rock~ the same thing of what Gem said ^

Classical<3~ Its just a formal of instruments such as the chelo?, violin<3,trumpet , triangle and etc... together as in one piece

Rap~its a thing where people just talk about girls in a bad way, money and cars basically

techno~ a form of fast beat going on and everything I think tehres a d.j. in it to but not sure.

everything that Gem said is true...

but theres way more as well

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008, 06:28:16 pm »
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Awwe,thank you Gem,for that easy to understand EXPLAINATION

But dnt you guys think that numerous geners are confusing?

Even after Gem's explaination,i shall do mistakes between music genres!


Oh,thanks Raquel for -plus- information
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2008, 06:36:01 pm »
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ahaha no problamo meu amiga

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2008, 06:31:41 am »
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Quote from: ~Maa@aai~ on June 02, 2008, 06:28:16 pm   

Awwe,thank you Gem,for that easy to understand EXPLAINATION

But dnt you guys think that numerous geners are confusing?

Even after Gem's explaination,i shall do mistakes between music genres! :-


Oh,thanks Raquel for -plus- information

Oh, thanks Mai

And yes, music genres CAN definitely be confusing, as so many bands cross between different genres and are therefore hard to 'pin down'.

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And Raquel I LOVE your explanation of RAP:  "its a thing where people just talk about girls in a bad way, money and cars basically."  TOO TRUE LOL!!

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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2008, 06:41:05 am »
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And Raquel I LOVE your explanation of RAP:  "its a thing where people just talk about girls in a bad way, money and cars basically."  TOO TRUE LOL!!



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Ahaha yeah I know Gem. Well,its very true. All you see them do is looking at girls bootys and everyyhing. Is kida annoying actually / And that whyI hate the genre. I thinkits awful
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2008, 08:09:10 am »
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Quote from: Raquel.is.Baggins on June 03, 2008, 06:41:05 am   

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And Raquel I LOVE your explanation of RAP:  "its a thing where people just talk about girls in a bad way, money and cars basically."  TOO TRUE LOL!!



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Ahaha yeah I know Gem. Well,its very true. All you see them do is looking at girls bootys and everyyhing. Is kida annoying actually / And that whyI hate the genre. I thinkits awful

THAT'S why the best ever rap 'song' is Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back", it's all about girls' booty's, but it is basically a take-off !!!

Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-lot

He is basically saying to girls:  Be proud of your body, but in a rather rude and obnoxious AND FUNNY way! tehe!
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