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Electronic music is todays "Classical" music, amirite?

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I see what you're getting at, but I'd argue what we call "classical music" as a concept (rather than as a period between Baroque and Romantic music) relates to the art music of an age, rather than popular or folk music.

In the past there was plenty of music other than that composed by the famous artists, so it's not just that music becomes "classical" by virtue of being old.

Time will tell if electronic music will truly be the art music of our time.

Isn't electronic music generally insanely repetitive?

Classical music has an insane amount of progression, time, key changes, as well as different movements within songs

Electronic generally is either a dance beat or a hip-hop beat

@404ChompyNotFound Isn't electronic music generally insanely repetitive? Classical music has an insane amount of progression, time...

Classical music has an insane amount of progression, time, key changes, as well as different movements within songs

As a music theory major, I can promise you that plenty of EDM songs contain everything you just listed and more.

And just like some EDM songs are bland and repetitive, so are some classical songs. I mean Bach: Canon for 8 Voices BWV 1072, Schubert: Das Wandern, Fur Elise, etc., are all examples of strophic songs back then.

Larny2019s avatar Larny2019 Yeah You Are +4Reply

I… like… I can't deal with this. Have you actually listened to classical music?

browndog888s avatar browndog888 Yeah You Are +2Reply

"I see so much similarities"

...such as...?

synthsexuals avatar synthsexual Yeah You Are +1Reply

In order to appreciate the point that OP is making, consider how classical music was produced: the artist was not a violinist, a tuba player, or flute player. Rather, the artist was a composer, sitting in front of keys, mapping out chords, rhythms and melodies, while also accessing the plethora of different sounds that existed at that time (such as woodwind, brass and strings) to put together a piece.

Likewise, when an electronic music sits down to create a piece of music, they embark on almost the exact same process. They map out chords, rhythms and melodies, while assigning strings to some sections, brass sounds to other sections, etc.

OP has got it right. Many of you may disagree, citing the intricacies and complexities of classical musical arrangements, and contrasting this with the relatively simple beats and melodies popular in electronic music today. However, simple beats and melodies do not define electronic music, any more than playing Three Blind Mice on a violin defines classical music. The point is that the process of producing electronic music demands the same kind of freedom and variety of sounds that a classical composer sought when penning a symphony.

@Huemaninstrument In order to appreciate the point that OP is making, consider how classical music was produced: the artist was not a...

Classical composers don't always work like you described, especially when they are composing pieces for a solo instrument. For example, Chopin was definitely playing the piano pieces as he composed. A more extreme example would be Bach, who basically wrote down his improvisations.

ambitiouscorners avatar ambitiouscorner Yeah You Are +3Reply

HEY!! you stole my opinion!!

In some cases, I would absolutely agree. I remember watching some piano instrumentals that Zedd played of his own songs, particularly "Spectrum", and I got the sense that he composed the song the way a classical composer would have created it, but then just applied it to the electronic music medium, with all the layering and effects, so that it can reach a larger, more contemporary audience.

I can't say this applies to all electronic music, but there are a select few where it could.

@Thatoneduderyan In some cases, I would absolutely agree. I remember watching some piano instrumentals that Zedd played of his own...

Its more about the art of creation. Those artists created sounds with what they had just as electronic artists do the same for what they have. You sit down, you creat sounds, you play them in melodies. An instrument doesnt dictate the art form.

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