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Genre Definitions

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:27 pm
by lothario
This is a list of the genres available on Music Playground. Please use this list when you are determining your tracks genre.

Alternative Dance
Music that mixes melodic song structure of alternative and indie rock with the electronic beats, synths and/or samples, and club orientation of post-disco dance music.

Ambient
Music that focuses largely on the timbral characteristics of sounds, often organized or performed to evoke an "atmospheric", "visual" or "unobtrusive" quality.

Breakbeat
Music usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern. These rhythms may be characterised by their intensive use of syncopation and polyrhythms.

Chiptune
Music generally consisting of basic waveforms, such as sine waves, square waves and sawtooth or triangle waves, and basic percussion, often generated from white noise going through an ADSR envelope or PCM samples.

Classical
Music consisting of the instruments found in an orchestra, together with a few other solo instruments (such as the piano, harpsichord, and organ). It often aspires to imbue a very complex relationship between its affective (emotional) content and the intellectual means by which it is achieved.

Disco
Music influenced by funk, Latin and soul music. The disco sound has soaring, often reverberated vocals over a steady "four-on-the-floor" beat, an eighth note (quaver) or sixteenth note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a prominent, syncopated electric bass line sometimes consisting of octaves.

Downtempo
Laid-back electronic music similar to ambient music, but usually with a beat or groove.

Drum And Bass
Music characterized by fast breakbeats (typically between 160-190 bpm), with heavy bass and sub-bass lines.

Dubstep
Music consisting of tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals

Electro
Music directly influenced by the use of TR-808, Moog keytar synthesizers and funk sampling. It typically feature drum machines and heavy electronic sounding deprived of vocals in general, although if present, they are delivered in a deadpan manner, often through an electronic distortion such as vocoding.

Electronic Rock
The combination of electronic music with traditional rock music.

Electronica
A wide range of contemporary electronic music designed for a wide range of uses, including foreground listening, some forms of dancing, and background music for other activities; however, unlike electronic dance music, it is not specifically made for dancing

Eurodance
Music heavily influenced by the utilization of rich melodic vocals, either exclusively by itself or inclusively with rapped verses. This, combined with cutting-edge synthesizer, strong bass rhythm and melodic hooks establishes the core foundation.

Hardcore Techno
Music typified by the rhythmic use of distorted and atonal industrial-like beats and samples. The tempo ranges from about 95 bpm to over 300 bpm.

Hip Hop
Music defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing.

House
Music strongly influenced by elements of soul and funk-infused varieties of disco. It generally mimics disco's percussion, especially the use of a prominent bass drum on every beat, but may feature a prominent synthesizer bassline, electronic drums, electronic effects, funk and pop samples, and reverb- or delay-enhanced vocals.

Industrial
Music that draws on transgressive and provocative themes. It is harsh, challenging, and an abrasive and aggressive fusion of rock and electronic music. Initially a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments and punk provocation.

Pop
Music often oriented towards a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes.

Progressive
Music that tends to break away from the electronic simplicity of its origins and derive onto new, experimental grounds.

Psychedelic
Music often containing elements such as exotic instrumentation, more complex song structures, key and time signature changes, modal melodies and drones, surreal, whimsical, esoterically or literary-inspired, lyrics,a strong emphasis on extended instrumental solos or jams and elaborate studio effects, such as backwards tapes, panning, phasing, long delay loops, and extreme reverb.

Rock
Music often revolving around the electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboard instruments such as Hammond organ, piano or synthesizer.

Trance
Music generally characterized by a tempo of between 120 and 145 bpm, repeating melodic synthesizer phrases, and a musical form that builds up and breaks down throughout a track.