A music genre is a category of pieces of music that share a certain style or “basic musical

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A music genre is a category of pieces of music that share a certain style or “basic musical language” (van der Merwe 1989, p.3). The two articles that I will be comparing are “Genres, Subgenres, Sub-Subgenres and More” by Kembrew McLeod (2001) and “On the Value of Popular Music” by S. Firth (1996). Categorizing music is especially challenging when it comes to fitting it into sub genres. As we move through the ages, and technology and communication becomes more complex, newer and unique genres are emerging. At first glance the more specific subgenres cause dispute and thoughts of “hipster” emerge. Nonetheless, upon further inquiry, each of them makes cultural sense to be part of our ever-growing society. The two articles that I will be…show more content…
This creates bias, as it is not the same with male artists. Nevertheless, he discusses it is not definite and that valid decisions in relation to popular music can be confusing as preferences are subject to change Society tends to have emotional reaction to music as opposed to labeling which genre a song will entail. “It is genre rules which determine how musical forms are taken to convey meaning and value, which determine the aptness of different sorts of judgment which determine the competence of people…” (Firth.1996, p 95). He concludes by establishing that popular music affects both social and individual notions.

McLeod, Kembrew (2001) in his article “Genres, Subgenres, Sub-Subgenres and More” identifies Firth’s opinion on how popular music and genres being constructed must be viewed with a “commercial/cultural process”. McLeod focusing mainly on the Electronic/Dance genre, makes an adamant claim that introduction of new subgenre names into electronic/dance music communities is equalled by no other type of music thus that genre has been the biggest growing. Like Firth (1996), McLeod projects the idea of gender in music implying women as the minority relative to genre. “The overwhelming majority of musical artists in the electronic/dance music scenes in the late 1980s and the 1990s were male. Men have been in important positions
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