Music Genre Research


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Music Genre Research

  1. 1. Rock came from people reacting to the obviousness of pop, the commercial and common music played continuously. The genre literally gave and alternative to pop and other forms of rock. Alternative Rock, or just Alternative, is a sub-genre of rock. It is mainly a band based genre consisting of Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums and sometimes Keyboard. The genre can vary from upbeat rhythms to chilled and emotional pieces. Since its start in the 1980‘s the genre has grew over the years and has been kept alive through modern bands such as Kasabian and Vampire Weekend.
  2. 2. Kasabian are more recent Alternative rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. They hit the commercial charts in 2004 with their debut album ‘Kasabian’ Since then they have released 4 popular albums There music is influenced from other rock bands like Primal Scream and The Stone Roses.
  3. 3. R.E.M (Rapid Eye Movement) were a commercially successful band who famously wrote ‘Losing my religion’ and ‘The one i love’. The band saw commercial success in 1987 and was deemed ‘America’s best rock and roll band’ by Rolling Stone magazine.
  4. 4. Rock albums are reasonably simplistic, they mainly focus on the bands appearance, giving a band their image. They can also be a image related to the album but also an image with no relation to the band or their music. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible The Libertines - The Libertines Nirvana - Nevermind Kasabian - Empire
  5. 5. The guitar is pretty much used in every rock song. The electric guitar is more commonly used in up beat songs and can involve complicated tabs and charming chord patterns
  6. 6. The drums in an Rock song would commonly be the heart of the song, the drummer would create a beat for the rest of the band play around. The drums are key in a POP rock song but are often positioned at the back of a band set when a band performs.
  7. 7. A term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular”. The genre popular music originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll. The term "pop song" is first recorded as being used in 1926 According to Grove Music Online, the term "pop music" originated in Britain in the mid-1950s as a description for rock and roll and the new youth music styles that it influenced Some of the most well known names in history such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The rolling Stones, ABBA etc… Since the late 1950s, however, pop has had the special meaning of non-classical music.
  8. 8. Bill Haley and His Comets Danny & the Juniors Elvis Presley
  9. 9. The Beatles The Beach Boys The Rolling Stones
  10. 10. Abba Queen Jackson Five
  11. 11. U2 Bon Jovi Genesis
  12. 12. Boys II Men Spice Girls Backstreet Boys
  13. 13. Coldplay Black Eyed Peas Gorillaz OutKast
  14. 14. The instruments used to produce pop music are guitar, bass, piano, drums, amplifiers, cymbals, electric organs, electric pianos, electric keyboard and polyphonic tape playback keyboard. Guitars are common in pop music. Types of guitars used in this type of music include bass guitars, acoustic guitars and electric guitars. Drums in pop music can be played by a drummer on a drum kit or they can be produced electronically by a computer. Computer drums have a more digital sound that can feel robotic and less natural than drums played by a person. Vocals are the leading force of pop music. Music is often structured to fit around the lyrics written by the vocalist. Types of vocals can include singing, screaming, rapping or spoken word. Wind instruments such as saxophones, trumpets and flutes help give pop music a realistic and full sound. Orchestra string instruments such as the violin, viola and cello are occasionally featured in pop music.
  15. 15. Punk rock typically means a fast, hard-edged style of music, often with lyrics with anti-establishment sentiments. A good example of this would be the song ‘God Save the Queen’ . Various genres of rock use Punk to describe themselves. In fact, the dating of the first use is still dubious.
  16. 16. A list of somewhat influential Punk Rock Bands would be:  The Ramones  The Smiths  The Clash  The Banshees  The Undertones  Dead Kennedys  The Velvet Underground  The Stooges
  17. 17.  The main characteristics that make up a common punk rock song consist  A fast-paced, aggressive sound .  Lyrics displaying rebellious ideas, something also prominent in the members themselves  Often, band members had little skill as musicians, but felt the need to express themselves.  It was widely considered a movement as much as it was a musical style.
  18. 18. . Heavy metal (often referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the Midlands of the United Kingdom and in the United States. The bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are generally associated with masculinity and machismo.
  19. 19. In January 1968 Blue Cheer released a cover of Eddie Cochran's classic "Summertime Blues", from their debut album Vincebus Eruptum, that many consider the first true heavy metal recording. The same month, Steppenwolf released its self-titled debut album, including "Born to Be Wild", which refers to "heavy metal thunder" in describing a motorcycle.
  20. 20. Heavy metal is traditionally characterized by: loud distorted guitars emphatic rhythms bass-and-drum sound Metal subgenres variously emphasize, alter, or omit one or more of these attributes.
  21. 21. Black metal • death metal • doom metal • glam metal • gothic metal • groove metal • power metal • speed metal • stoner metal • thrash metal • traditional heavy metal A number of heavy metal genres have developed since the emergence of heavy metal (often shortened to metal) during the late 1960s and early 1970s. At times heavy metal genres may overlap or are difficult to distinguish, but they can be identified by a number of traits. They may differ in terms of: instrumentation, tempo, song structure, vocal style, lyrics, guitar playing style, drumming style, and so on.
  22. 22. Motörhead, founded in 1975, was the first important band to straddle the punk/metal divide. With the explosion of punk in 1977, others followed. British music papers such as the NME and Sounds took notice, with Sounds writer Geoff Barton christening the movement the "New Wave of British Heavy Metal".[110] NWOBHM bands including Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard reenergized the heavy metal genre.
  23. 23. Heavy metal bands usually have a generic set up of instruments. Most of these instruments have a unique style or sound to them which make them specific to the metal genre. These instruments are usually:
  24. 24. Heavy Metal Guitars usually have a very distorted sound and are played with speed and often tricky finger work. Here is an example of Heavy Metal Guitar playing
  25. 25. Heavy Metal Album Artwork is usually done in cartoons images. The band name is usually displayed in a unusual font. Here are some examples: