Swimming Through Subgenres

Swimming_Through_Subgenres_pitstop_muscians.jpgFunction, style, swag, little dashes of your version of beauty - these are all the tiny little moments of inspiration that add up into your very own style. Style is what makes a genre. If you dive deeper, there are so many climates and cultures within each. There's so many pockets to explore. 

In the United States, some argue that there are six main genres which include Pop, Funk, Classical, Techno, Country and Rock. In this theory, everything is based off of these core roots of the art of music. However, others argue that the blues gave birth to rock and roll, so where are they on this list? What about jazz? Metal? These massive heavy-hitters prove to us alone that nobody can say what the core genres are, especially if we’re talking around the world. 

What is the origin of a genre itself? “A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Music can be divided into genres in varying ways, such as into popular music and art music, or religious music and secular music. The artistic nature of music means that these classifications are often subjective and controversial, and some genres may overlap. Academic definitions of the term genre itself vary.”

One thing that we can all agree on is that much like every other piece of art and knowledge on this planet - they are each an amalgamation of one another. An amalgamation “is the action, process, or result of combining or uniting” and it is this definition of union that we can begin to understand and break down the branches that create their own little versions of the original world within that art form, theory and/or genre. 

The organization and study of subgenres themselves is quite tricky and problematic. It often takes a lifelong listener to really master the nuances within a genre. A musicologist, whether of degree or self taught, often has too broad of a perspective simply due to the inability of hours spent to really be able to learn and zero-in on the subtle differences from one subgenre to the next. In our humble opinion, there are certain leaders within each genre who can most speak to where one subgenre ends and the next one begins within that special world of a particular art. 

The best way to master the knowledge of the sub-genre is time and discovery itself. Soak up the beauty of investigating new corners of each style, have fun with it, take your time to uncover new artists and techniques over time. If you try to skate over all of the little details, you may miss them. 

Have you ever heard those around you complain that every single song sounds the same in a certain genre? In our opinion, this is the untrained ear within that genre alone. The more you study a style, the more likely you are to appreciate the creative twists and liberties that an artist may take, while still interweaving the classic elements of the core genre. Click around YouTube and get to know the layers of certain genres, ask your friends for suggestions and promise yourself to be open to the twists and turns your creativity leads you upon.