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The description of a genre is a collection of patterns. Songs that share patterns can be grouped in a genre that describes those patterns. You can find these patterns in any music dynamic: rhythm, speed, progression, key, instrumentation, whatever. You determine the genre of a song by identifying these patterns, and associating them with the description of ...


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It's probably worth mentioning what "rock and roll" actually is. There are two definitions of "rock and roll". The first definition is a genre popular of music that originated in the early to mid 1950s and ended in 1959, because of the following events: The drafting of Elvis into the army (1958) Little Richard retiring to become a preacher (1959) The ...


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I would answer this in two ways: HISTORICALLY, "house" and "techno" are two regional variations of post-disco club music that grew up more or less simultaneously. House music is associated with Chicago in the early 1980s, and Techno with Detroit. The most distinctive Chicago house sounds were "soulful" house, which used gospel diva samples, piano riffs, and ...


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Country music is originally from the American South, it has origins in rural folk music, and originally centered around the lifestyle of farmers, miners and other blue-collar, rural Americans, usually from the South. Western music is originally from the American West and celebrates the rural lifestyle of the cowboy or the rancher. The two genres both ...


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Which patterns, instruments, characteristics (or whatever) does a song need to have to be considered rock? Era: Given that 'Rock' evolved (and encompasses) 'Rock n Roll', one defining aspect of rock music would be that it had to be created no earlier than the 1950s (when the term was coined). Instruments: This is a bit tougher, but I suppose we could ...


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Visit http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html Scroll to the right and you'll find a little search box at the top of the screen, so now type in an artist e.g. Queen All genres associated with all songs on Spotify at the time the genre list was produced will appear below the search box! Have fun navigating the website, it's one of my favourites by far.


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In answering your title question, I agree with the other answer here (from Tetsujin): genres exist because classification Is What We Do and our brains our wired for the use of heuristics (see, for instance, the writings of Herbert Simon). That is, labeling something by genre gives a sense of its innate structure and the "rules" by which it plays -- or, ...


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I have listened to a lot of music from the list you named and if I am not mistaken this is what it means: From Wikipedia: Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in Seattle. From Wikipedia Grunge is generally ...


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Originally the term 'Indie' was a shortened form of 'Independent', as in not tied to a major record label. Of course, over the years, 'Indie' has become a genre of music so now refers to a style of music rather than the record labels that independent artists appear on. Independent music (often shortened to indie music or indie) is music produced ...


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In the technical musical sense described in Wikipedia, soundtrack isn't a genre. It's better to think of iTunes genre as a one-word album description chosen from a menu of simple choices. It's usually debatable, and often straight up wrong. Most music players get their CD data from the Gracenote music database by default. Gracenote gets their data from ...


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The British site YouGov runs surveys online and via mobile. They recently released a 'profiler' service on the site that links basically anything to anything. In other words, you can enter a band name and receive other information on the people who 'liked' that band. For example Fans of AC/DC are mainly source Male 40-59 Live in Central Scotland, Northern ...


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It depends how tiny you make each pigeon-hole. In the 'old days' you were either pop, rock, dance, jazz etc. It didn't really differentiate much finer than that. The we got heavy rock, then heavy metal… punk got in the way for a while, but behind it disco & soul took their own route. Punk became new wave; then came electronic, which spawned another ...


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There is certainly a psychedelic funk genre, or so the creators of the band Funkadelic, a portmanteau of "funk" and "psychedelic", believed. They released three albums during their actual psychedelic funk phase, which was in the early 1970s (they later moved on to funk rock in the mid-1970s and straight funk by the late 1970s): Funkadelic, Free Your Mind And ...


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There are many different things that play a major role in how a piece of music will 'feel' to a listener. Take for example all of the different keys it can be written in, the many different types of Minor keys (harmonic, melodic, etc.), the instrumentation also has a huge impact on the final result. Different instruments are 'sad' (especially instruments ...


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Chris Sunami is right-on: soul is the secular continuation of the kind of gospel music you describe, and if you're interested in not being limited to religious music, it's the place to start. It's true that soul is a broad genre, but as opposed to say, electronic music, it's not something whose fans have delineated into highly specific subgenres. Rather, ...


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First of all (this is a personal gripe), 'pop' isn't a genre of music. It's short for 'popular' and therefore, by it's very nature will keep on inverting itself. What was 'pop' (popular) in the 50's isn't 'pop' (popular) now. As far as genres are concerned I think that absolutely yes there will be more coming along. I think today's 'kids' are living in a ...


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Humans like pigeon-holes. They make people feel comfortable that they can categorise something, to put it in a slot they already understand. Humans are very uncomfortable with things that don't fit existing preconceptions. It probably stems from the time we lived in trees, ate fruit & small animals & ran like hell from lions & tigers. Survival ...


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The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame covers a multitude of "popular" music that is legendary and groundbreaking. Their inductees range from Jelly Roll Morton to Metallica. The Hall seeks to induct artists who have influenced the evolution of music, and there is no doubt NWA (as both a group and individually) have changed the face of music. <Soapbox> They ...


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A recent scientific research project actually demonstrated that yes, statistically speaking, your personal tastes align less and less with what's currently popular with each passing year. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/21/taste-in-music-age_n_7344322.html According to the research it's both because we continue to like music that was popular in our ...


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Theodore Gracyk (Rhythm and Noise, Duke UP, 1996) makes the interesting claim that what separates "rock" from jazz, blues, soul and other kinds of rhythm & blues (including 1950s rock 'n' roll) is the ontological primacy of the recording over live performance. A rock musician is more like a painter than a jazz musician: his "work" is the recording, ...


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They're really just more to tell where a blues performer is from rather then describe the music as Chicago blues is blues from Chicago and Detroit blues is from Detroit. Just in general in music there will be slightly different sounds to the same genre as people in the same scene will play together and have just a slightly different take on similar ...


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Yes, of course. What is the popular genre changes quite a bit from decade to decade. Sometimes quickly, sometimes not. We also keep inventing new genres, as well as a seemingly infinite range of minute sub-genres, so the pool of options keeps increasing as well as to what will be the next 'pop'ular one. There's no real argument as to why we'd not stop ...


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Most genres initially develop within a tight-knit, geographically delineated community of musicians and fans. They embody, in some sense, the culture and the preoccupations of that group. As they diffuse outward, they become a bridge between that subculture and the rest of the world. Although people can and do like music of all genres, being a fan ...


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There's also psychedelic folk, from Simon & Garfunkel and the Byrds in the 60's through to modern groups like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Shins. Leaves That Are Geen - Simon & Garfunkel Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds 40 Day Dream - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Saint Simon - Shins Let's also not forget psychedelic ...


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Wikipedia (currently) describes the core genre elements of pop music as follows: Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure) as well as the common employment of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks. -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_music It's usually ...


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