I've noticed that electro and fidget house have started becoming more and more popular, and I don't know if I really like that, as they seem to keep abusing one synth sound all the time. Plus the use of ridiculously simple melodies over and over isn't really too interesting to me. I guess it does appeal to the general public though, otherwise it wouldn't be getting popular...
Then again, I always go by "Generally, people are retarded" - which of course doesn't take away the factor of personal preference.
Minimal indeed seems to be growing more popular too. I used to find it a bit "funny" at first, that genre, because it's so... minimal... so little in a song. But I've learnt to appreciate the art of it. On top of that, my classmate along with his buddy turn out to be signed artists in the genre (Amtek & E-Freak)
Trance: it sure looks like this is growing more commercial. Lately I've been into this one track (Gaia - Tuvan). I played it when my niece was around (she usually listens to the typical stuff that plays on the radio and on music channels on tv), and she actually recognized it, as it was played on the regular radio. So that means that the music I though no-one really knew is actually growing in popularity.
I just hope this doesn't mean the quality will degrade. And even then, there'll still be quality stuff out there to find.
Dubstep grows in popularity too, but I'm not sure if it will ever reach the "regular" radio stations. It might develop into something fuller than it is now, so who knows.
As computer technology develops, more music production techniques become available, allowing electronic music to grow more complex and different. We haven't quite heard the last effects yet. I'm curious what the future will bring.
Melodies: As I mentioned earlier, it's popular, these almost 'silly melodies'. I don't know if that means complex melodies are dying, it seems like it's just in a certain set of genres. Personally, I've started studying some music theory online, simply so I could write better, more complex melodies and chord progressions. I think those still play and important role in writing emotionally loaded music.
In popular music, the focus is more catchyness though, I don't think the general public listens to the radio to be emotionally moved by music. It's all more for the "ooh yeah" feeling. It needs to give kicks.
Psytrance/goa: I certainly hope it doesn't die, but I do hope it stays underground. Money often seems to kill creativity, and lack of creativity in that genre would kill the music completely.
At 2/11/10 06:25 PM, Reaper93 wrote:
Also love the recent integration of piano into a lot of trance pieces
Actually, piano has been around in trance since the beginning as far as I know. (Think Robert Miles - Children), but I guess you mean producers start do do it more often nowadays. I like that too.
orchestral and electronic getting together under the guidance of professional composers produces huge results in my opinion and I hope to see more of it.
^ This. It's amazing what they can do with software/hardware synths, but mixing up just that and good ol' acoustic instruments results in quite a bit of win in my opinion. I like guitar in trance on that note.
Orchestral dance is rather awesome too. And those people playing it are having a great time, as you can see.
Holy shit that was a long post.