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thedodgymonkey
post Jun 4 2009, 00:02
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I am trying to classify all my music into quite broad genres. If you could only have ten or less categories for your music what would they be?
Okay, I don't have any completely bazaar music like a Panda playing The Bamboo Flute or my own rendition of Mozart's 5th using bottles and spoons!!!

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derty2
post Jul 17 2012, 17:49
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Genre classes:

         Composed
         Electro
         Jazz
         Popular
         Project
         Rhythm
         Rock
         World


Notes:

Composed is my name for the "high-brow-art performance music" of the western world.
I have never liked the word "Classical" and it also intersects with the name of a stylistic period in time,
and also confuses me from clearly defining modern/avant/experimental sub-classes.

Electro is stuff by people who place importance on mixing sounds emanating from knobs and gadgets.
Kraftwerk goes in here. So does Aphex Twin. So does Techno music. So does Disco music. So does DJ music.
Fo me, the "modern classical" composer Stockhausen also goes in here. So does Terry Riley. So does Brian Eno.
I prefer to place the artists Alvin Lucier and John Cage in "..\Project\Performance Art\" (see below).

I define sub-classes for the Electro genre so that I can relate the artist to other genres and styles and music player library search purposes:
For example, for Stockhausen, the audio file <GENRE> TAG would look something like: Electro > Composed; Modern Composition; Modern Classical; Avant-Garde; Experimental

Jazz is what it is; a harmonic. melodic, rhythmic, skillful and improvisational tour-de-force by "intelligent" musicians

Popular is any artist or group who has transcended their own musical and cultural boundaries to another level of consciousness.
Many of the artists I place here are based on my own subjective opinions.
I place The Beatles in here (and not in the Rock genre class).

Project is a very broad 'umbrella' class which -for me- mops up many loose threads.
I find it difficult to justify having a separate Genre class for many things such as Film Soundtracks, Game Music, Video Productions, Audiophile Samplers, etc.
Therefore I place all these things into a parent class named "Project".

and if we were to look inside my filesystem folder named "..\Project\", we would find these sub-folders:
..\Project\Audiophile\
..\Project\Audio Tech\
..\Project\Computer Scene\
..\Project\Film\
..\Project\National Anthem\
..\Project\Nature Sound\
..\Project\Performance Art\
..\Project\Theatre\

Rhythm is a class I could define exactly like the "Jazz" class (see above),
except it has a looser reliance on the word "intelligent" and emphasizes concepts such as "feel" and "groove" and "culture".
Types of music I place here are "Reggae", "Ska", "R&B", "Blues", "Soul", "Funk", "Rap", etc

Rock is a class which does not really need to be defined.
Musicians in this class like using electric and loud instruments like Bass, Guitars, Drums, Keyboards (and mixing desks).
The musicians in this class also like to conceptualize and create "labels" and "images" for themselves and their output.

World is music and sounds which define a cultural identity on planet earth different to what I am usually exposed to.



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That's it for me; the world of audio is reduced to 8 (eight) genre classes, with hair-splitting differences being done in
the <GENRE> tag of the audio player. Thank God foobar2000 exists, with its ability to split TAG values +++++
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- thedodgymonkey   If you could classify music into ten or fewer genres...   Jun 4 2009, 00:02
- - Canar   Attempt 1: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Hip-hop, C...   Jun 4 2009, 00:51
- - shakey_snake   Western Classical, Jazz, Pop, Ethnic, Primus Hone...   Jun 6 2009, 08:16
- - onkl   Classical, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Ambient/Downtemp...   Jun 6 2009, 13:15
- - ojdo   My genres, inspired by discogs: Classical Electro...   Jun 6 2009, 17:43
- - TomBarlow   Good question... I will probably miss some stuff.....   Jun 7 2009, 23:32
- - smok3   as it seems one would just need two; a. approved b...   Jun 8 2009, 08:32
|- - pawelq   I think about seven would suffice. For me ;-). 1....   Jun 8 2009, 13:32
- - Axon   Song, in a style suitable for home/personal reprod...   Jun 15 2009, 10:28
- - WonderSlug   1.) Pop Typical Top 40 stuff you hear on the radio...   Jul 6 2009, 05:42
- - audioapprentice   I would use 2. For popular I tend to think in term...   Aug 13 2009, 01:56
|- - Cokemonkey11   Hmm, Acoustic Electronic Mixture that's 3,...   Sep 19 2009, 06:26
- - NeoRenegade   It really varies from person to person based on wh...   Sep 27 2009, 09:12
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- - Porcus   QUOTE (thedodgymonkey @ Jun 4 2009, 01:02...   Oct 8 2009, 11:52
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Porcus @ Oct 8 2009, 12:52) I spli...   Jul 23 2012, 18:52
|- - GeSomeone   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jul 23 2012, 19:52) Now ....   Jul 23 2012, 22:51
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (GeSomeone @ Jul 23 2012, 23:51) BT...   Jul 24 2012, 02:34
|- - AliceWonder   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jul 23 2012, 18:34) QUOTE...   Jul 24 2012, 22:44
- - Zarggg   Change "Electro" for the full "Elec...   Oct 8 2009, 22:44
- - Sixth Street   I use only 9 genres in my library. Although, ther...   Oct 15 2009, 02:45
- - extrabigmehdi   Here's how I would categorize my stuff: 1- C...   Oct 15 2009, 04:08
- - derty2   Genre classes:          Composed          Electro...   Jul 17 2012, 17:49
- - alanofoz   Hmmm... Examine your lists - how would you classi...   Jul 17 2012, 23:41
- - derty2   alanofoz, are you talking to me? Is your post mea...   Jul 18 2012, 00:42
|- - alanofoz   QUOTE (derty2 @ Jul 18 2012, 10:42) alano...   Jul 20 2012, 00:26
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- - AliceWonder   QUOTE (alanofoz @ Jul 19 2012, 16:26) Not...   Jul 21 2012, 16:37
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