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  • Avant-Garde

    Avant-Garde music is commonly referred too as experimental music, and the terms were actually coined by a composer named John Cage in the year 1955. It was created as a term to describe any and all music that challenged the accepted status or standing of what music was supposed to be. The term experimental has been used to label artists like Christian Wolff, Meredith Monk, John Cage, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Malcolm Goldstein, Philip Glass, among quite a few others. It even was used to describe the works of European artists whom were apart of the avant-garde scene, such as Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

    The genre carries a strong traditional sense, rooted within Western art music. Focus was laid heavily on certain aspects of the music, such as historical legacy, the technical intricacy and the intention of the composer, among a few other key features. Experimental music though, as a genre came to draw its inspiration from outside the Western sources from time to time, at points using other media for influence, and the practitioners of experimental music were not always technically professional in every sense, but most were still not only trained in their work, but also very deft.

    There are many techniques used in the scene, varying between different artists and composers. There are a number of methods that have been used called “extended techniques” in which the way an artist plays his or her instrument is regarded as unique and sometimes unorthodox. The inclusion of sounds that would not be found in music is another technique used by some artists, such as the sound of a door slamming or a trash can. Some performers completely ignore the ordinary controls of volume, pitch and duration of their instrument, making their sound entirely unique.

    Punk Rock

    Punk rock music is a form of rock that formed as an anti-corporate genre in the mid 70s. Beginning its development throughout the US, UK, and Australia with bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash in the years 74 through 76, punk rock soon began spreading across the entire world by 1977. Bands […]

    Gothic Rock

    Gothic rock is an old genre that’s shared a few different names over the years, and started out with a few different origins as well. What we hear today, was not the same as what we heard then. Any old Goth can tell you, after he’s done claiming he’s Gother than you, that gothic rock […]

    Post-Punk

    Post-punk is an inner-directed and more experimental form of punk rock, though its roots are deep in the punk rock scene. The Genre developed in the late 70’s, riding on the heels of the outbreak of the punk rock genre that occurred in the middle of the 1970’s. Post-punk is accredited with having made the […]

    Riot Grrl

    When most people hear the words “Do It Yourself”, the first thing that comes to mind is a home improvement project. They usually think of a man, usually in a tool belt, taking measurements around a dilapidated house, trying to envision an improvement on the structure that stands before him. “Do It Yourself”, in this […]

    Futurepop

    Futurepop is a music genre that blends a mixture of synthpop, electronic body music, and uplifting trance to create a unique form of electronic dance music. The actual term was created by two men, Stephan Groth of the band Apoptygma Berzerk,  and Ronan Harris from the band VNV Nation, when they were both trying to […]

    Gothic Doom

    Once the gothic metal scene was up off the ground and really rolling, bands started to get more popular inside the genre. Some bands went the way of symphonic metal, while others moved in the opposite direction instead and slowed downed, adding much more gloom into their style. This also meant that the typical “beauty […]

    New Wave

    New Wave was a music genre that was a form of rock music during the later years of the 70s up until the middle of the 80’s. Branching off of the punk rock scene as a hit towards the more popular music of the 70s, the new wave genre blended influences from multiple other genres […]

    Trip Hop

    The one thing that all, or at least most, Trip Hop artists have in common, apart from their musical style, is that they all have the same hate for the name ‘Trip Hop.’ This has been called a phenomena, by other sources, but if your name went from something classy like the Bristol Sound, or […]

    Death Metal

    Contrary to popular belief, Death Metal is not just a bunch of smashing, growling, and banging on things like Paleolithic attempts at music. Sometimes Death Metal is even said to use ‘Cookie Monster’ vocals, for obvious reasons. The growling, “death grunts” are one of the key elements of Death Metal, however, vocals are not limited […]

    Psychobilly

    Psychobilly is a form of music that has been widely described as a blend of punk rock from the end of the 70’s and also rockabilly music from the American 1950’s scene. More often than not the lyrics in Psychobilly music are a comedic take on topics that are usually disapproved by general commercial music, […]

    DownTempo

    The DownTempo genre of music is often confused with Trance, or IDM, –Intelligent Dance Music, but does in fact have its own particular style. Unlike ambient, DownTempo does have a beat and groove to it. Trip Hop is closely compared to DownTempo or lumped in under the term, however DownTempo is usually slower than Trip […]

    Vampire (Style)

    Without it’s own classification, many songs have been labeled vampire music. Songs written about vampires usually come up under this label. But many of these songs have come under an already made genre such as classical, rock or gothic. Movie and television soundtracks seem to fall under this umbrella genre as well, such as the […]

    Alternative Rock

    Alternative rock music emerged as a new genre in the 1980’s, and by the 90’s it was a hugely popular form of music. The actual term alternative came about in the 80’s, and it was used to try and categorise those bands who were inspired by punk rock but did not fit into the main […]

    Hardcore Techno

    Hardcore techno music is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the early and mid years of the 90s in locales like Newcastle Australia, Rotterdam Netherlands and Frankfurt Germany especially. Music considered to be Hardcore techno is usually identified by its fast tempo and the distorted yet rhythmical industrial type beats. The genre is […]

    Dark Ambient

    Before one can get into Dark Ambient music, one has to have a firm understanding of what Ambient Music is. The best definition of the Ambient Music genre was given by the music theorist, Brian Eno: “Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must […]

    Electronica

    Electronica is a term that refers to a large range of different electronic music that has been made for different uses, like dance, background or foreground music, and other such activities. But it is not made for dancing specifically, like electronic dance music. Electronica is an umbrella term that emerged in the early years of […]

    Gothabilly

    Gothabilly music is actually a blend of words that refers to the mixture between the rockabilly music scene and the Gothic or Goth lifestyle. While many bands of the Gothabilly genre include darker themes ranging from the occult and vampires or vampirism, to horror and themes revolving around depression and violent behaviour, they are not […]

    Deathrock

    Goth and punk rock spawned many subgenres when it was in full swing, and even while it was first emerging in the late 1970’s. One of the subgenres that was re-introduced while Goth rock was developing was Deathrock. One of the things that make distinguishing Deathrock from Goth rock so difficult, is because it overlaps […]

    Glam Rock

    Glam Rock is also known as Glitter Rock, but by whom, I’ve no idea, and must herewith assume that this is in the UK, being as that most claim that Glam Rock is a mainly European musical movement. Glam Rock came in, as the hippies moved out, in the early ’70’s. Glam Rock was essentially […]

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