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DJ MOFO Show 2/19/11
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Virgin Prunes-Seven
TAGC-Broadcast Test
Chris Carter-Nobadhairdo
Amon Tobin-Sordid
Cocteau Twins-Wax and Wane
U.N.K.L.E.-UNKLE Main Title Theme
Coil-The Snow
Underworld-Born Slippy
Crustation-Freestylers Remix
Fatboy Slim-Kalifornia
Groove Armada-Easy
La Roux-In for the Kill (Skream Remix)
DJ Krush-Alepheuo (truthspeaking)
Bassnectar-I am a Laser
Venetian Snares-Mismo Canibalismo
DJ Shadow-Devil's Advocate (Heaven V. Hell-Bonus Beat)
The Future Sound Of London-Herd Killing
Chemical Brothers-Come Inside
Squarepusher-Talk about You & Me
Throbbing Gristle-Distant Dreams (Part Two)
Tangerine Dream-Stratosfear
Cabaret Voltaire-Sleepwalking
Tones On Tail-Lions

Thoughts on Musical Genres Part I: Division of Style
by: Shawn Truitt

Being curious about the wide variety of musical genres, the question was raised as to how titles are applied to styles in music. Semantics are essential to assist in describing and clarifying an art form that was not originally formatted to the written or spoken word. An attempt has been made to be specific and consistent with the language in this series of articles to avoid obfuscation while maximizing the information and entertainment.

So, how is music described? Starting this process on pure conjecture, the thought that early indigenous music probably had no use for specifics in a musical language. Not until the music was performed, taught, described or transcribed for a larger or different audience did it become necessary to deconstruct and label the individual components that creates the sounds and structure of the music. What we hear today has been passed down through families, cultures, and later, by education and institutions. The cultivation and diversification of modern musical styles was brought to fruition by performance and documentation, written and recorded. The interest in documenting music for archival, performance and educational purposes has developed countless verbal, visual and written systems. Depending on the knowledge of the audience you are addressing is the deciding factor to illustrate the aural sound waves.

Three Ways to Describe Music:

1. NOTATION - used as a written, visual or verbal representational system to interpret the sounds and architecture of the music.

2. ALLUSIONS - Utilizing the relationship of our senses from learned environmental experiences and applying those impressions to music.

3. COMPARISON - displaying the similarities of the sounds by it's resemblance to other musical genres, bands or musicians.

Generally, if you look at how music is described to the public, allusions or comparisons are made. On the web, comparisons to other genres, bands and musicians are prevalent because this allows a broad musical landscape to be classified into simple, easy to interpret lists. This technique is useful to an audience that is not familiar with music notation and a generalized comparison is acceptable and often is wanted. When allusions are applied, an impression of the music is described by incorporating our senses and experiences to develop a poetic bridge linking this synthesis of physical and mental intuition to the music. An allusions success depends on the interpretation, which can range from shorthand that solidifies the essence of the music to an obtuse and seemingly unrelated description. Notation is the most precise but even then, parties familiar with the representational system require discussion for clarification of nuances in the music.

The art is then disseminated through experience, discussion, articles, and teachings. The music is reconstructed by other specialized written languages to be read by other musicians. At this point the new movement is diversified and becomes a gestalt, i.e. something more than the sum of its parts. The art form changes from inspiration, the reference point, and forges its own path of destruction.

Not until an educated or business class is involved does it appear important to describe a style with specific terms and labels. Performers, Writers, Educators and Theorists may name their creative pursuits but it's the masses that eventually decide if the style and labels are accepted. Not until a larger audience is cognizant of the modern style does the movement build momentum. Once accepted, terminology applied and widely distributed, the much sought after pure and free idea is over! Often another influence is united and a different name co-opted for development and distribution of the "new style". You can sense the end has begun, the end is near or you may be experiencing the end at this very moment. Rarely is a theory or new genre developed and played that becomes accepted as is. Pure art is creative inspiration that transcends mass consumption to qualify its artistic merit and all labels applied fall short in describing the true essence.

Shawn Truitt
sttruitt@juno.com

 

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