What Is Considered Alternative Music - The Factors

Posted by Jam Addict Staff

Alternative music, or alternative rock is music that is off-the-wall, but good. It generally is known for being a large variety of rock music, but it can also be used for country music, or any genre of music that would be considered "alternative".

Since all of the general music styles can be considered alternative, this can be a hard subject to explain.

The definition of alternative music can be questioned quite easily, but it is generally accepted as music that doesn't fit in well with the "mainstream" of music. The mainstream rock music has become very formulaic, and is almost consistently liked by everyone.

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So what is considered alternative music?

When put into a poll by the Huffington Post, they were presented with the following questions:

Is alternative music controversial, and would you call it "controversial"? Are the music genres that you like alternative music?

Why do you think alternative music is considered controversial?

The poll results are:

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It is controversy. The formulaic music styles don't fit with the popularity of alternative music. If the band is controversial, it is because they are for being what the music-sphere deems as not mainstream enough.

They are criticized for not being the "mainstream", which is now considered to be "mainstream" by many.

This can be looked at through the idea of "who is the mainstream?" This is a fairly easy way of looking at it, because it simply does not apply to all music, it only applies to music that is accepted by the majority.

The lyrics are controversial. Again, because it is music that is off the wall, and relates in a different way to the mainstream, this can sometimes cause a stir.

If the lyrics are deemed controversial, it is because the singer may be a controversial figure, or because the lyrics are considered to be sexist, racist, or offensive.

What is considered alternative music is a very subjective thing. It will depend on what genre of music that you are into, and what kind of music that you listen to.

If you are into a certain type of music, then you will probably listen to music that has similar features, or similar sounds, that those music styles possess. But if you are not into that kind of music, then you probably will not listen to it either.

It will depend on the artist that you listen to, and the music that they like to listen to.

This is what is called, the social trend of music. If you are a person who enjoys the originality of music, and the new wave music is popular, then you are not going to like the radio or popular music at all.

If you like the classic music, and the pop music, then you are going to like the alternative music, because it's music that has a more alternative style, as opposed to the mainstream.

Why is alternative music is considered controversial

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Let's look at the big popular music companies first. Major Music, a division of the music giant Sony BMG, just came out with their own version of a rock/pop music, "Platinum".

This is a very popular type of music right now, because it's very easy to write and produce. However, a person who would rather remain indie, or who has an individualistic view of music, may dislike this type of music, simply because it does not represent their ideal.

It is a popularity contest, and that is why it is controversial.

However, we as music consumers also have a huge influence. Whether or not you like it, you purchase the music that you listen to.

You tell people what kind of music that you like.

Take example number three, of the Huffington Post poll, which was, "which type of music do you prefer?"

The results are as follows:

  • Alternative Music 20.8%
  • Pop/Rock 15.9%
  • Mellow Pop/Rock 11.1%
  • Pop 16.5%
  • Unrelated 9.3%
  • All Others 5.8%

Alternative music is therefore seen as a "controversial" genre of music. But it is important to remember that this is just a poll, and that we should not simply take what is being reported as gospel, or be influenced by what people are saying.

Polls are not always accurate. What a person may listen to, when taking a poll of this nature, is influenced by so many different factors, and can be very misleading.

Take the Huffington Post poll as one example.

How alternative music is achieved

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Alternative music can be achieved in many ways. The easiest way to achieve it is through the traditional method of music, by writing the song first, and then recording it.

Of course there are also the newer and quicker methods of creating alternative music, such as mp3 files, through YouTube, and other Internet websites.

Because this type of music is often more experimental, and there are a lot more lyrics, it is often easier to be interpreted and understood than other types of music.

This is why you will often hear more politically charged lyrics, and sadder stories, in this type of music. But the lyrics don't necessarily have to be sad, or depressing.

Some artists, such as Chris Tomlin, have found success with a more positive and uplifting style of music.

Alternatives to popular music

There are many alternatives to popular music. One type of alternative music that has really been popular in recent years, is the indie music, or "indie pop".

This style of music is kind of like the American Music that you are listening to now, but with more emphasis on a unique and individualistic view of music.

Another type of music that is growing in popularity is the "power pop" music, which you are listening to right now.

In fact, many people may actually prefer power pop to the popular music that we have been discussing.

Power pop music is more energetic and upbeat.

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