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 Art rock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Art rock is a sub-genre of rock music that is characterized by ambitious lyrical themes and melodic or rhythmic experimentation, often extending beyond standard pop song forms and toward influences in jazz, classical, or the avant-garde.
Art rock did reach its commercial height with the popularity of the aforementioned "progressive rock" bands, such as King Crimson, Yes, and especially Pink Floyd, whose mix of jazz and blues influences, smooth psychedelic soundscapes, and anti-establishment lyrics proved to be just as influential and commercially viable as any "mainstream" music.
Artists whose sound is based in the rock and pop forms first established in the 1960s -- even those who clearly transcend these forms -- are still viewed by some members of the elite, particularly classical or jazz critics, as mere peddlers of product, and thus 'low art'.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Art_rock   (745 words)

  
 A Guide to the Progressive Rock Genres
In rock, jazz, folk and electronic, the groups considered avant-garde (avant-rock, avant-jazz and avant-folk) verge in the direction of the unclassified as the conventions of the operative music are thrown aside.
Symphonic rock is characterized, usually, by extended song structures or suites; instrumental, symphonic orchestration (whether actually utilized or approximated); and a tendency to draw in romantic period classical motifs as well as smaller portions of jazz, rock, and folk.
Rock groups known as industrial range from the late 70s/early 80s to the present day in styles from the abstract and experimental to dance and pop music.
www.gepr.net /genre2.html   (10521 words)

  
 Between Rock and an Experimental Place- interviews on rock/avant convergences
Rock and avant-jazz and contemporary classical music have had areas of overlap since the late '60s, at least -- largely because the audiences for the three genres are similarly interested in new sounds, adventurous musicianship, fresh ideas and energized playing.
As many rock and pop fans began to embrace the often-challenging world of experimental electronic music in the late 90’s, I think it prepared their ears for the worlds of avant-classical and improvised musics.
The trend in 90s avant rock lyrics was towards obscurity, introversion and elliptical suggestion.
www.furious.com /perfect/rockexp/rockavantanswers1.html   (2366 words)

  
 Bagatellen: Advice: Go to rock gigs
Rock music is often dismissed as a kind of mindless pleasure by avant-garde listeners who feel protective of their seriousness and resort to rickety fences like "art vs entertainment".
Our roots and hearts belong to rock music, but we all inevitability explore aesthetic alternatives, often to the point of being fully functioning creators or sustainers of musics like non-idiomatic free improv, jazz, academic notationalism, etc. We are frequently seduced by the aura of high-art respectability that surrounds these self-consciously creative activities.
Rock is a profoundly malleable form and a moist vat for homebrew aesthetics.
www.bagatellen.com /archives/frontpage/001005.html   (5026 words)

  
 Progressive rock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Progressive rock (shortened to prog, or prog rock when differentiating from other "progressive" genres) is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the early 1970s, and continues as a musical form to this day.
Progressive rock artists sought to move away from the limitations of popular rock and pop music formats, and "progress" rock to the point that it could achieve new forms, often but not always alluding to the sophistication of jazz or classical music.
Progressive rock was born from a variety of musical influences in the late 1960s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Progressive_rock   (4215 words)

  
 White Noise/White Heat, or Why the Postmodern Turn in Rock Music Led to Nothing but Road
Rock music’s finest critic traces a lineage for the evolution of the punk aesthetic and world view to some surprising places, including the Paris Commune of the 1870s and the rise of the Situationist movement.
There can be little doubt that the feedback loop of influences and borrowings occurring between rock and the art world during the 60s and 80s was a crucial factor (though there were others, of course) in the excitement, creativity, and openness to experimentalism that characterized rock during both of these mind- and genre-expanding periods.
Both rock and jazz were initially "folk arts" whose traditions and precepts were opposed to the conventional norms of "serious" music.
www.electronicbookreview.com /v3/servlet/ebr?command=view_essay&essay_id=mccafferymsn   (5939 words)

  
 Yes in the Press: Avant Garde Rock: History in the Making? - Media Arts
New roots for avant garde rock had to be established away from the more immediate atrocities, before it was all right for groups to start being progressive in the most menial of ways (which usually meant using a synthesiser on a couple of tracks on side two of their third album).
Within a rock context that owes a great deal of its construction and development to the media, avant gardism loses its essentialism and is given instead, arbitrary smattering of what appears to be 'new' within the rapidly paced yet narrowly spaced realm of the present in rock, or, what is in.
Which is to say that both the avant garde of rock and the mainstream that it supposedly sallies forth from are equally embroiled in a romanticisation of past periods so long as the present warrants them as being relevant and suitable for associating with.
yesinthepress.com /1987/1987.html   (6082 words)

  
 Ipecac Recordings - Ruins
Making their U.S. debut at the same time as the Boredoms on legendary American freak rock label Shimmy - Disc in the early 90's, Japanese monster-progressive-hard core-avant-rock band of wonder, Ruins got their music worldwide notoriety earlier than anyone in the Japanese independent scene.
A rock, which seemed to be standing still, could cause crushing destruction as a landslide or an avalanche, when nature raged and its energy was discharged.
As no two rocks are the same in nature, their expression of sound is always different.
www.ipecac.com /bio.php?id=16   (469 words)

  
 Chamber Music Rock,Rock in Opposition,Zeuhl,..
This group has a very good release on the edge of avant garde, folk and all serious genres without being difficult, instead this is pleasant and interesting at the same time.
In general the sound is fresh and it's a good starter for those who think the rock part of Chamber Music Rock is mostly too aggressive but still like this new music classical music kind of rock structure.
Progressive rock band with brass, influenced by Canterbury but they direct more towards RIO than to jazz.
progressive.homestead.com /RIO.html   (1569 words)

  
 Open Court: Avant Rock
Martin follows the development of avant rock through the sixties, when it was accepted into the mainstream, with bands like the later Beatles, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, King Crimson, and Brian Eno.
Martin critiques the work of all important avant rock bands and individual artists, from the well-known to the more obscure, and provides an annotated discography.
In Avant Rock, music writer Bill Martin explores how avant-garde rock emerged from the social and political upheaval of the sixties.
www.opencourtbooks.com /books_n/avant_rock.htm   (405 words)

  
 Progressive Music reviews page 7
This is swinging larvae avant-garde rock, with many tracks over-the-top, otherwise otherworldly like a ghostly image, hypnotic and with arisen effects, as one brooding energy combination of each of the many contributing instruments including bass horns (from hell?), and basically a “bunker” avant-rock band with magical hypnosis-avant-la-lettre.
“Imperial” is like new classical music with strange string pitches, piano and sound (“Klang”) bits, then like improvising avant-rock with strange fuzz guitar harmonies mixed with sounds, then again rocking in a weird but beautiful way.
This release is good news for me. Blurt for me were in their early days one of the most exiting “rock” bands of their time.
progressive.homestead.com /prog9.html   (2703 words)

  
 groxy.html
Dressed in bizarre, stylish costumes, the group played a defiantly experimental variation of art-rock which vascillated between avant-rock and sleek pop hooks.
He was also moving from exotic rock star to household name - a guest spot on the Cilla Black TV show, and the emergence of the white tuxedo and bow tie lounge lizard image confirmed his interest in some sort of crossover.
During the early '70s, the group was driven by the creative tension between Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno, who each pulled the band in separate directions: Ferry had a fondness for American soul and Beatlesque art-pop, while Eno was intrigued by deconstructing rock with amateurish experimentalism inspired by the Velvet Underground.
home.earthlink.net /~apawlo/groxy.html   (859 words)

  
 SHZine - Review - 2003 CD/Album/Record Reviews
Capturing clues of classic rock and folk is not missed, while sounds have never been more full and digestable, from an act that was once much less as an acoustic solo, to this experimental wonderland of indie art-rock.
This low-fi pop rock doesn’t get tired after a couple of listens and despite its seemingly modest approach to pop music, there is a lot going on in the songs and are actually sometimes quite rockin’ in a subtle way.
Most of these songs could easily fit in the regular rotation at the local soft rock station, soothing all of the workers down when they begin to realize how crappy their lives are.
www.shzine.com /reviews-2003.asp   (12519 words)

  
 Avant/Garde in the late 60's and 70's
mostly because of their fusion of jazz, with their post rock sound, and because of this, they became the pioneers of 70’s avant-garde rock, and ultimately were more serious than either of Zappa, and the Velvet’s.
Can were also the fathers of a new kind of music called Kraut Rock, which was the primal form of rock in Germany, and in the US at the time.
The album was the inspiration for other bands to come in the 70’s and 80’s, including the disguised group The Residents, whose sound was pure surrealist rock if there was a genre, and their looks were the giant, infamous eyeball masks, that they never took off.
www.orinda.k12.ca.us /OIS/Saturno/period3_f03/NICKD/avantpage.html   (958 words)

  
 Kitty Brazelton - Free Music Downloads, Videos, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
Over the years, Brazelton's music has tended to be eccentric and left-of-center; she is clearly an admirer of the avant-garde in rock as well as in jazz and classical.
In 1970, she became a singer and flutist for a short-lived psychedelic rock/acid rock band called Phaedra, which once opened for the Velvet Underground and should not be confused with an early 2000s band called Phaedrus.
Brazelton was 17 when she moved to the Philadelphia suburbs to attend Swarthmore College, and it was at Swarthmore that she decided to become music-oriented.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/music/artist/bio/0,,705855,00.html   (709 words)

  
 indieville: review: full - dimstar
If "avant pop chamber rock" sounds good to you, then perhaps this will too.
Though rock music isn't the largest influence here, it is certainly present - despite the fact that most true rockers may find this a bit too calm for their tastes.
Though this means the listener is confronted with a lot to sort out in his/her mind (tracks like "Break" and "Been Had" can be initially quite overwhelming), it also means the pieces stay fresh and enjoyable for the long run.
www.indieville.com /reviews/full.htm   (399 words)

  
 Links
This quarterly magazine's focus is outside the mainstream, in the progressive and experimental hinterlands where rock meets jazz, classical meets folk, and electronic meets avant-garde.
Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio is run by a small but dedicated staff of volunteers who have only one thing in common: a desire to play and promote progressive rock music of all kinds.
A great source of information on Prog Rock, and a wonderful forum where you can correspond with Prog lovers from around the world.
mysite.verizon.net /vze6y1pl/id8.html   (421 words)

  
 Earwing Records - R E L E A S E S - page four
Sounds on this cd are diverse, from post to avant rock, from free jazz to noise rock and surf, from jungle and breakbeat to ethno...
ranges from lo-fi pop to avant rock and electronic trickery.
A part of croatian lo-fi avant/noise rock history (late`80s)...
www.earwingrecords.com /releases4.htm   (348 words)

  
 progbibliography.de
Martin, Bill: Avant Rock: Experimental Music from the Beatles to Bjork.
Neither the traditional sociology of Rock Music nor the Prog musicology can explain the analytic thinking that prevails in esoterics nor can the hermetic sciences explain the musical side of Prog or their social extensions.
A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic", a triple album released in 2005.
www.progbibliography.de   (15131 words)

  
 Industrial Prehistory: New Musical Technology
In the eighties, the technology would become essential for most pop and rock music, but in the seventies, only pioneers like the dub producers, German cosmic bands, or Brian Eno, applied the lessons learnt by earlier avant-gardists to more accessible music.
"The trouble with avant garde music is that it has lost its original meaning and now has as many rules and clichés as country or rock and roll.
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis (of rock band Wire) showed how the same musical influences as the industrial musicians weren't enough; they lacked the same drive to transgress and consequently their work as Dome (and under other names) is of more musical than cultural interest.
media.hyperreal.org /zines/est/articles/prehist4.html   (2946 words)

  
 Extempore - Free Music Downloads, Videos, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
Under the name "the Rock and Jokes Extempore Band" (a way to render their social commentary and use of happening-like elements more acceptable for the Communist regime), the group performed Neduha's "Stehlik," a sci-fi adventure.
Black Point, the first alternative rock label to materialize in the newly-freed Czech Republic in 1990, reissued the tapes.
Meanwhile, percussionist Marta Gotthard-Zelinková and bassist Sláva Simon (both recruits from the mid-'70s) found new musicians, and when the saxophonist came back in November of the same year "the New Rock and Jokes Extempore Band" was ready to work.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/music/artist/bio/0,,1572907,00.html   (614 words)

  
 PopMatters Music Interview Of Anger and Twitching: An Interview with John Cale
One gets the sense that he's searching (and has long searched) for the place where rock and the avant-garde meet in perfect harmony.
In this interview he said that in his early days he thought: "If I could only have a collaborator that had rock's verbal and literary side to them; we could put some really abrasive avant-garde ideas together.
It was in direct contrast to the great excitement of rock 'n' roll.
www.popmatters.com /music/interviews/cale-john-060109.shtml   (1758 words)

  
 Avant-Pop - Epitonic.com: Hi Quality Free and Legal MP3 Music
Pulling from post-bop jazz, bossa nova, soul, and the minimalism of indie rock, the Greeks are manically melodic.
This vibrant and fresh Tokyo trio has been reinventing music for close to a decade, shaping colorful rock chimeras out of a reverence for '70s gonzo electronics, lots of feisty garage rock energy, a fascination for modern club and hip hop beats, and plenty more.
Aspera is in fact, a revamped version of the Philadelphia shoegazing indie rock group Aspera Ad Astra, minus their old lead singer.
www.epitonic.com /genres/avantpop.html   (623 words)

  
 Progressive music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Progressive rock's popularity peaked in the mid 1970s with bands such as Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Progressive rock artists often string together the songs so that the entire album will become an uninterrupted musical "journey".
Progressive music is the name given to a certain approach to musical composition that has been applied to several different music genres.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Progressive_music   (384 words)

  
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 Uz Jsme Doma MP3 Downloads - Uz Jsme Doma Music Downloads - Uz Jsme Doma Music Videos
Pohádky ze Zapotrebí was one of Czech avant rock band Uz Jsme Doma's first critical successes and the album that started to open the doors of America for them.
There is not a second wasted on Pohádky ze Zapotrebí, the perfect gate to enter the world of Czech avant rock.
The intricacy between drums and bass is balanced by aggressively delivered vocals rooted in Eastern Europe tradition.
www.mp3.com /albums/319661/summary.html   (307 words)

  
 Post Punk Alternative Rock Music Style
SHZine - Math rock, post rock, avant garde and extreme music.
A group of bands tied together by their counterculture spirit, use of electronics, deep dub-bass and knowing defiance of accepted rock conventions.
Growing out of the punk movements of the late '70s in both Europe and North America, this is the birth place of what is now referred to as alternative.
music.infotut.com /Styles/Rock/Alternative/Post-Punk   (184 words)

  
 Seeking versatile guitar and bass (w/ vocals) for avant rock
Seeking versatile guitar and bass (w/ vocals) for avant rock
philadelphia craigslist > musicians > Seeking versatile guitar and bass (w/ vocals) for avant rock
The music is based in rock, but incorporates influences from many other styles including ambience (very important for prospective guitarists), jazz, noise, world music, and a slight bit of metal.
philadelphia.craigslist.org /muc/119177390.html   (197 words)

  
 Quarkstock 2000 Space Rock and Avant-Prog Festival
Frankly, it was a little weird to have this highly experimental music follow the bombastic rock of Born to Go, but then I think the schedule was set up before the 'new AP' was unveiled.
Born to Go is the kind of group I'm always in the mood for….space rock with balls.
Instrumentally, DAP comes across much like a classic progressive rock band though many of their songs have a 'loopy' feel such that a description of 'King Crimson covering Ashra' gets you pretty close to their sound.
www.aural-innovations.com /issues/issue11/qstock.html   (3121 words)

  
 Progressive Rock from The Bomp Bookshelf
While Avant Rock should get some credit for reminding us that generally ignored 'fringe' artists such as Merzbow and Stereolab are nonetheless vital agents in the evolution of rock music, this can be recommended to only the largest academic collections with a completist's interest in nonmainstream rock music."
Avant Rock : Experimental Music from the Beatles to Bjork
"Rock music historians and enthusiasts will relish this in-depth survey of the 60s group Yes, which moved from a classic rock to a visionary band in the 1970s.
www.bomp.com /BompbooksProg.html   (6671 words)

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