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Impact of Music on Culture: Stereotypes Edition

22nd September 2014 No comments

When it comes to the influence of stereotypes in music, and vise versa, the effect is obvious but misunderstood. Why can’t we just feel good about music, rhythm, bass lines, tropical riffs, or lyrics that aren’t angry? Why do children hear music differently than adults? One should be able to listen to a variety of music without being worried about the genre or associations.

Many people focus on the smaller elements of musical construction such as lo-fi keyboard, ocean sounds, sitar, edgy guitar, and even how movements or current issues affect it. However, when it comes to its influences, do people look at why they listen to pop, rock, yacht rock, hip hop, rap, punk, or metal? The stereotypes read that low income people are drawn to rap, not only because it originated in inner cities, but because it often talks about wealth, and inequality. Anti-cultural people listen to punk or metal because of politics, but also because it is often angry music. Wealthy people only need to understand their social lives, so they listen to alternative new wave rock which focuses on modern life, and also often on family.

The bigger issue is how does a stereotype affect the music? What is punk, when it’s not angry? What is complex pop? What makes negative or positive messages in rap? Anti-culture doesn’t mean punk, political effort is punk, whether optimistic, or not. Below are some examples of music which either avoids genres enough to appeal outside of its stereotypes, or is complex enough to create a sound which appeals to multiple audiences. The bottom line being, one should be able to listen to a variety of music without being worried about the genre or its preconceived associations.

(Feel Good Rock)

(Feel Good Rap)

(Complex Rock)

(Feel Good Rock)

(Instrumental Rap)

(Complex Pop)

(Feel Good Rock)

(Complex Rap)

(Energetic Rock)

(Complex Rock)

(Complex Rock)

(Flux of Pink Indians) (Instrumental Rock)

(Feel Good Keyboard Music)

(Complex Rock)

(Instrumental Rock)

(Tropical Riffs)

(Tropical Riffs)



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