The word “Mucis” derives from Greek “mousike” which means art of the Muses.
Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as
melodies and vertically as harmonies. To many people in many cultures,music is an
important part of their way of life. With 20th-century,rock music,electronic music and
R&B music are become popular for teenagers.
Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in 1950s
America. It was extremely high worldwide since 1960s. The sound of rock music
often revolves around the electric guitar or acoustic guitar and it uses a strong back
beat laid down by a rhythm section of electric bass guitar,drums and keyboard
instruments such as organ and piano. Typically,rock is song-based music usually with
a 4/4 time signature utilizing a verse-chorus form and the lyrics not only stress
romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes which are social and
political in emphasis. Moreover,starting from the late 1960s which referred to as the
“golden age” period of rock music,lots of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged
such as heavy metal,alternative rock and rap rock which is also very popular in
teenagers group nowadays.
The first subgenre is heavy metal which was emphasized volume,power and speed.
It developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s,largely in the United Kingdom and
United States. When asked what heavy metal music would be,many may says it is
very noisy. However,the true is heavy metal is not only overall loudness but with a
thick,massive sound,and characterized by highly amplified distortion,extended guitar
solos and emphatic beats. The typical instrumentsare electric guitar,bassguitar,drums,
vocals and keyboards. And there are many famous metal music bands in the late
1960s and early 1970s. For example,Led Zeppelin,Black Sabbath and Deep Purple
which were the pioneer of the heavy metal music and brought the heavy metal music
to the mainstream successfully.
The second subgenre is alternative rock which emerged from the independent
music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. It came of
punk rock,hardcore punk and new wave. Although alternative rock music seemed to
not fitting into the mainstream genres of music in the past,it linked by the collective to
punk rock through hardcore,new wave or the post-punk movements. The typical
instruments are vocals,electric guitar,bass,drums and keyboards. To understand more
about alternative rock music,it is important to know this two bands in the 1980s which
is R.E.M. and The Smiths. The former is an american alternative rock band and the
latter is a British alternative rock band. Both R.E.M. and The Smiths achieved
mainstream success,but despite a lack of spectacular album sales,they exerted a
considerable influence on the generation of musicians who came of age in the 1980s
and ended up breaking through to mainstream success in the 1990s.
The third subgenre is rap rock which is a cross-genre fusing vocal and instrumental
elements of hip hop with various forms of rock. At first,rap rock music did not fit into
the mainstream and can’t gain the public’s appreciation. Therefore,it became
underground in 1980s,moderate in early 1990s,and finally gained much mainstream
success in the mid to late 1990s. Rap rock music are described as having big,lurching
beats and heavy riffs. The most special characteristic is that it occasionally sound as
the riffs were merely overdubbed over scratching and beat box beats. In addition to
the characteristics above,another obvious characteristic is having a more organic
sound. And it is no doubt that characterizing many songs in the genre as rock songs in
which the vocals were rapped rather than sung. The typical instruments are rapping,