Identifying genres Watch
The best name for a song genre is from my mates' iTunes - one song genre was called Environmental!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
- Christian Rock
- Punk Electro
Punk-electro yes, it's for a Prodigy song I downloaded...the silly child.
ROCKIN' FOR CHRIST!
This may seem a fairly stupid question, but what actually is the difference between techno, indie, electric, alternative... music?
Genres also depend on the country. What one culture will use the word "rock" to describe, will be described with a totally different name in another.
You could just look up these genres but I'll give a personal description. Electronic (I think that's what you meant) music is produced using samplers, drum machines, synthesisers and all kinds of gizmoes. To qualify this as a genre in itself is a bit restrictive because it encompasses so many different genres, one of which is techno. Electronica is not the same thing though and shouldn't get mixed with "Electronic music". It usually describes the more experimental side of electronic music where it's more about quirky sounds than melodies or beats.
Techno is considered as a genre within electronic music, characterised by heavy beats and the focus is mostly on that: unlike trance or house, there's no focus on melody. The references in the genre are Dave Clarke, Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Laurent Garnier...
When you look into rock music (I'd consider indie rock and alternative rock as sub-genres) it gets very confusing because it's so full of trends and fads and what someone will consider alternative in one culture or sub-culture, will not be considered as "alternative" in another. Indie rock is usually downbeat rock, nothing heavy. Strong focus on vocals. A lot of "indie rock" is called "pop rock" by some people.
Alternative rock was a name that just popped up in the 90s in the US, mostly what followed the grunge era with Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
I usually consider that "alternative rock" is just the US equivalent of the UK's "indie rock". They just add a slightly heavier sound and image.
punk rock - rancid, latterman, against me
pop-punk - blink, new found glory, FOB, P!ATD, cartel, the academy is...
hardcore punk - kid dynamite, lifetime, glass and ashes
hardcore - bane, american nightmare, justice
old school hardcore - judge, shark attack, minor threat, black flag
rock - foo fighters
alternative - smashing pumpkins
indie - libs, maximo park, bloc party, blur
black metal - mayhem
death metal - nile, cannibal corpse
grindcore - the locust, an albatross, daughters!
grind metal - nasum
screamo - antioch arrow, raein, orchid, heroin
metalcore - converge, botch, every time i die, beecher, early cave in
original emo - cap n jazz, rites of spring, owls, moss icon
new emo - ffaf, thrice, poss AVA, boxcar racer
melodic hardcore/post-hardcore - fugazi, hot water music, grade, bear vs shark, jets vs sharks
modern rap - subgenres (loosely - somebody else can correct me):
east coast: indie - el-p, can ox, ill bill/non phixion, immortal tech
gangsta - nas, jay z, fiddy, a million other shite artists.
west coast: snoop dogg, 2pac, loadsa others.
uk: hip hop - sway, poss klashnekoff
grime - dizzee, ghetto, bruza, lethal b, no lay, lady sov, again countless others.
dnb - pendulum
gabba - venetian snares, speedranch, kid606, enduser, shitmat
I have no idea what that term means though.