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Hear cross-genre pairings at the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival

Hear cross-genre pairings at the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival | Genre Mixing In Music | Scoop.it
The third annual Ecstatic Music Festival presents collaborations by innovative artists for its three-month series.
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I included this article because, while small, it points out that there are festivals that cater to more genre-mixed music types and that those types do have a fan base.

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There's nothing new in genre-mixing

There's nothing new in genre-mixing | Genre Mixing In Music | Scoop.it
Tom Ewing: Hybridisation is a basic tenet of art-pop and purists lurk at the margins in a strange hothouse full of exotic blooms
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This article talks about a genre-mixing in the new age while accepting that it isn't actually a new topic. But it also talks about how, in recent times, its just a part of music in general. It talks about how people expect crazier and crazier mixes, about how something that was a new and revolutionary blending of genres a couple years ago now barely gets any recognition at all. It talks about how people want more and more and how artists are having to work to try and balance that out.
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The problem of cross-genre covers.

The problem of cross-genre covers. | Genre Mixing In Music | Scoop.it
Jay-Z knows how to handle himself in a rap feud; he's triumphed in battles with some of hip-hop's sharpest tongues. But this spring, he was presented with an unfamiliar sort of antagonist.
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I included this article because while not mentioning genre-mixing within music so much, it discusses genre-crossing covers. It talks most notably about Jay-Z using a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall" as a weapon to make a dig at the band in retort for an earlier comment. It discusses how crossing genres is sometimes nothing more than pure condescension and making jokes about others' art. It talks about how some certain genre crosses have an inherit condescension within them and there really isn't a way around that sometimes. It also discusses how some bands attempt to pay homage to a band they looked up to, and while some are nice and kind, others are more of an attempt at name-dropping than anything else. As a general fan of cross-genre covers (I really like hearing how people interpret songs within genres and I like looking at it from a sociological standpoint, what it is that makes people consider certain types of music certain genres and what you have to change about the song to be perceived as a different genre) I really found this article intriguing and informative.
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Producer Evian Christ Talks Working With Kanye West, Mixing Genres And More | Vibe

Producer Evian Christ Talks Working With Kanye West, Mixing Genres And More | Vibe | Genre Mixing In Music | Scoop.it
Vibe Media is a premier destination for urban entertainment and media, Vibe Media creates solutions for advertisers looking to engage consumers via music, entertainment, culture and lifestyle 18-54.
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My topic is genre-mixing within music. Not a particularly new phenomenon, but with the emergence of EDM the combinations of genres including that are expanding and causing people to take interest. Here are some pros and cons of mixing genres. A definite pro would be, as one article pointed out, this is how music evolves and different things emerge. It is how we get genuinely new and interesting music. It encourages artists to step outside their comfort zones and really get creative. It could cause what people think of as unrelated bands to work, or even tour, together, which would be great for people with interests in a lot of different music. A definite con would be that you're always going to have people who are going to get upset and even angry over it. You're always going to have people who will rant and rave about how this isn't how "rock" or this isn't how "rap" or this isn't how "country" or literally any other genre, is supposed to sound. Which, while they may have a point to an extent, some people take it too far. Some people are going to cause a big scene, simply because it reeks of change and sometimes people can't handle that. That could cause both financial and creative backlash within the music community.

This article talks primarily about Kanye West's new album and how he got a lot of different people to work on it with him, from people with their name already well known, to people who were still relatively unknown. It focuses mainly on British Producer Evian Christ and how he incorporates various genres into his own music. It speaks a bit about how different genres of music can come together to make even a commercially viable album.

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Musicians mix genres in 'Re:Generation' documentary

Musicians mix genres in 'Re:Generation' documentary | Genre Mixing In Music | Scoop.it
DJ Premier, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, the Crystal Method and producer Mark Ronson step out of their comfort zones.
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I included this article for my topic because it is literally exactly what my topic is about. It has to do with the documentary The Re:Generation Music Project, which is a documentary that took five relatively well-known EDM DJs and Producers and forced them to work with artists in various other genres, such as Classical, Country, Jazz, and R&B.
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