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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 2. Knowing Your Genre

There is a great range of different styles of music available to the consumer today. These are normally classified by their genre. Examples of different genres are hip-hop, classical, folk, dance, jazz, and so on. Within a given genre, there are also numerous subgenres. Like branches growing out from the trunk of a tree, these become ever more diverse. Therefore, if a person informs you that he likes trance, this is not really enough information to indicate exactly what his musical preferences are. The next question is what type of trance: hard, melodic, psychedelic, Euro, symphonic, euphoric, death, pop, ambient, nu, and so on? And these are just some of the options within one genre, which itself is a subgenre of ...

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