While many will point to Bob Dylan (with his The Times That Changed album) as the pure creator of rock and roll music, others will claim Michael Jackson is responsible as well. It seems as if the creation of electronic music changed the very definition of what a song is. But who really came up with this idea?
Before we answer that question, let’s examine how music was conceptualized and created in the first place. Music is a process of sending signals from one human to another in order to be understood. This is done through the medium of speech or other forms of expression, such as through dance and music notation.
In this sense, music is merely a form of communication. In its basic form, music was created as a way to send messages across particular types of feelings. Now, as it’s become more widely accepted as a tool for communication, it seems there are certain conventions that music follows. For example, in the song, Weezer states that they” Won’t Stop”, their refrain is “Weezer”. Notice that the lyrics indicate an emotion -” Won’t Stop” being an emotional state while the melody is calling to someone’s soul.
This brings us to where we can begin to look at this concept of beat, signature, or beat. Simply put, a beat is a predetermined rhythm, or beat. While there can be a wide variety of different rhythms, most commonly a ‘dumb’ beat which cannot be heard clearly by non DJs, there are certain standards of what a beat should be like. For instance, a major key would have a different type of beat than a minor key. Also, an E Minor key would have a completely different type of beat than an A Major key.
The question now becomes – who created electronic music? Well, many people have come up with some wonderful ideas, and some other people have taken existing ideas and made them better. Some people are great at creating new styles and bringing things to reality, while others are great at conceptualizing a new genre of music and bringing that to life. It seems there is always a certain genre of music that someone wants to create.
Many people can hear the name ‘EDM’ and immediately think of a hard and fast techno kind of music. This is no doubt part of the truth. However, there is also a sub-genre of electronic music that is known as ‘Dubstep’. The reason this sub-genre has become so popular is because it started out as a sound for party houses but has now grown into one of the biggest genres in electronic music. It is very popular in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
Another sub-genre of music is’Lounge Music’. This is similar to house music, as it often contains a strong dance base. A good example is the song “Euphoria” from The Chemical Brothers. Lounge music is often mixed with a heavy feel, which is evident in tracks such as Jay Z’s “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”. The genre is constantly evolving, and there is no sign of it dying down anytime soon.
The last sub-genre that we are going to discuss is ‘R&B’. This is simply an amalgam of reggae and hip-hop, and it is usually very reggaeton inspired. This music has a smooth reggae feel, and a feel that is sometimes described as being house. It is very popular in countries such as the United Kingdom and Brazil. R&B was the first major type of music to incorporate dance beats into it.