Improv Game of the Day: Genre Festival!

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The Kitchen Sink (Photo credit: .michael.newman.)

1-8 players. Composer Kevin McLeod offers a plethora of “royalty-free music” on his web site Incompetech (www.incompetech.com). Of special interest to us here at classical music games central is the listing of his music in genres. To wit:

African

Blues

Classical

Contemporary

Disco

Electronica

Funk

Holiday

Horror

Jazz

Latin

Modern

Polka

Pop

Reggae

Rock

Silent Film

Soundtrack

Stings

Unclassifiable

World

Soundtracks

Soundtracks (Photo credit: cackhanded)

He also allows you to search by Feel:

Action

Aggressive

Bouncy

Bright

Calming

Dark

Driving

Eerie

Epic

Grooving

Humorous

Intense

Mysterious

Mysterious

Mystical

Relaxed

Somber

Suspenseful

Unnerving

Uplifting

The selections illustrate ways to generate and/or evoke various styles, and can serve us as handy aural tutors to enrich ourselves as musicians with genre study. Pick a genre. Or a Feel. Listen to all the examples. And again, this time writing down everything that characterizes that style in rhythm, melody, timbre, meter, orchestration, etc. Then start creating pieces alone or with others (including electronic others) in that style. Repeat, and keep at until you can produce a reasonable facsimile of that style on demand. Extra credit: listen to other performers and composers of that style for an even broader knowledge and understanding of it. Or better, get together with experts in that style and make up new stuff together.

Mr. McLeod is not the only commercial composer with such examples. A bit of searching will turn up more such genre displays.

 

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