New Music and the Changing Face of Rock
Many people claim to love new music, while some others are content to let the trends that they see dictate what music they like. However, there is a significant difference between liking a trend and being a part of it. It can be difficult to separate yourself from a culture, whether it is in the music fashion, or other areas. It is important, however, to be able to separate what you like from what you dislike. While you might think that what you do every day and how you communicate with others has no bearing on what is cool, you would be surprised at the number of people who fall into this trap.
New music is essentially an extension of the classic classical music tradition, and this represents the creative and cutting edge of classical music as well. After all, even new wave music is just that: new made music written primarily by live performing artists. In fact, if you were to listen to just one new wave act today, you would likely be amazed at how seamlessly the songs flow and how easy they are to dance to.
In contrast, you would be hard pressed to find a group or artist that consistently writes new pop songs that sound anything like what was done during the mid to late 1970s. Instead, new wave acts tend to draw from genres like rock, techno, pop, folk, country, as well as new alternative styles like goth, hip hop, and jazz. It is for this reason that new pop acts frequently cross over into several different musical genres, making their music seems very broad and eclectic. For example, artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers have successfully marketed themselves as artists who are open to anyone and everyone, regardless of genre.
New music can be considered to have been born out of a definite movement, even if it wasn’t intentional on the part of the artists. This is what is known as a “counter culture,” or a type of cultural movement that arose against the trends set forth in the ’70s by groups like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Many people believe that the ’80s was the dawn of new wave music, since many music industry insiders believed that this was the year that new music started to truly become popular. In fact, many listeners believed that this was the year that new wave finally started to take shape, even if it didn’t completely take shape in the way that fans would eventually come to expect. As the new music industry began to develop, acts associated with it began to push things forward in a more progressive direction.
One of the best examples of how new wave came to be is the development of the punk/rock movement. At the start of punk and new wave music, there were few boundaries to speak of, since nearly any kind of music could be listened to and played in the early stages. However, as the years went by, bands began to push each other out of the mainstream, and began to draw in listeners who were interested in something that wasn’t necessarily related to rock or pop. By the late 1970s, the boundaries between genres were beginning to be more defined, especially in the case of rock. Even though many people agreed with the basic idea behind the punk and new wave music, there was still a wide gap between the sounds created by different artists.
As new wave and punk music became more defined and distinct, new wave and post-punk bands began to be considered as “alternative” forms of music. Many critics looked at the new wave and post-punk acts as more exciting and diverse than traditional rock bands. Although many people looked down upon post-punk acts at the time, they have managed to become mainstream acts of their own, particularly with bands such as Sonic Youth and Talking Heads. Today, new wave and punk acts are regularly covered in mainstream publications, while rock bands continue to be largely ignored by mainstream audiences.