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Music genres

  1. Nov 26, 2013 #1
    How do you classify music? Music is so complex that it seems impossible to categorize it but still there are so many genres.

    Here are a few common:-
    -Rock
    -Pop
    -Classical
    -Rap
    -Hip-hop

    Some classify based on the instrument used, some based on how you sing but I don't understand others.
    For e.g.:- What is the difference between alternative rock, electronic rock and rock?
    If you see Wikipedia, there are thousands of types. How? It's remarkable that so many classifications of music exist.
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2013 #2

    Pythagorean

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    -Good
    -Bad
    -Polka
     
  4. Nov 26, 2013 #3

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    :thumbs:
     
  5. Nov 26, 2013 #4

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    Underground
    Alternative
    Indie
     
  6. Nov 26, 2013 #5

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    Led Zeppelin
    Everything else
     
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    :biggrin:
     
  8. Nov 26, 2013 #7

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    Ambient
    Lounge
    Easy-listening
    Elevator
     
  9. Nov 26, 2013 #8

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    ...ambient music...:rofl:

    I know what you mean but still :rofl:
     
  10. Dec 3, 2013 #9
    - epic music
    - trance
    - progressive house
    - chillstep/dupstep
     
  11. Dec 3, 2013 #10

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    How about blues? It is playing in my home every day.
    R&B is another big one.
     
  12. Dec 3, 2013 #11
    How about folk music, especially from the 1960's.:tongue:
     
  13. Dec 3, 2013 #12

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    Metal is one of those things that defies sub-classification. Not because it's inherently hard to define sub-genres, it's simply that boneheaded metalheads will defy any classification you attempt to place a particular band into. This applies both to bands that said boneheads love and (profess to) hate.
     
  14. Dec 3, 2013 #13

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    Stevie Wonder
     
  15. Dec 3, 2013 #14

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    -flamenco
    -Russian gypsy
    -jazz is one of those things that I don't really care for alone, but when you augment any other style with it, it's like a melodic upgrade.
     
  16. Dec 3, 2013 #15
    I've met more than a couple techno fans that are the same way, I'd bet one could find many examples for other broad genres.

    As a punk fan, I love some Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat but then someone goes and calls Blink182 punk and I want to protest.
     
  17. Dec 4, 2013 #16
    I could sub-classify techno to death, but I prefer to just call what I mainly listen to 'techno'. It isn't techno by most peoples interpretation of the genre, but I know what I mean, my friends know what I mean, and it takes too long to tell anyone else :P

    Genres are .. useful I think, but only in certain situations. If I want a blues CD then I might as well break out the blues genre and simplify the search, but there's plenty of great music out there that's half this and half that, not quite this but not really that, a bit old, a bit new, kind of folksy and traditional but hang on, there's a drum machine in there somewhere. At some point, the genres are a hindrance.
     
  18. Dec 4, 2013 #17

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    Broad genres that are great for starting arguments: rock, jazz, metal, techno, dubstep, classical, R&B, rap/hiphop.
     
  19. Dec 4, 2013 #18
    K-Pop, Anime, Classical, Baroque, contemporary classical, rap, crap.
     
  20. Dec 5, 2013 #19
    I want to understand how people classify music.
    Let's take jazz, rock and pop for example - What is the difference? How do you tell which is which? All seem similar.
     
  21. Dec 6, 2013 #20
    Jazz is interesting, rock is fun, pop's got no soul. :P
     
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