Music Terms
What is Program Music?

What is Program Music?

As a part of western classical music, program music refers to a typically instrumental piece that tells a story with some kind of beyond-musical meaning. Instead of solely creating an atmosphere like abstract music, program music elicits specific responses and feelings in the audience. While abstract music is ...

What are Polyrhythms?

What are Polyrhythms?

A polyrhythm is a rhythm in which two sounds are played concurrently without being direct manifestations of the same meter. Polyrhythms tend to involve tuplets, which are rhythms that don't match the subdivisions of the time signature used in a song. Polyrhythms are everywhere and many musicians use polyrhythms in ...

9 Different Types of Noise – The Colors of Sound

9 Different Types of Noise – The Colors of Sound

In audio engineering, noise signals are divided into colors according to their frequency spectrum. This happens because noise running at different frequencies is perceived differently. Different types of noise have unique properties and can be used for relaxation and other therapeutic purposes. People use the term ...

10 Different Types of Music Listeners

10 Different Types of Music Listeners

Not everyone listens to music the same way. There are various types of music listeners, like casual listeners, music seekers, and audiophiles. So if you want to find out which type of music listener you are, take a look at this list of 10 different types of music listeners.  1. Casual Listeners A casual ...

Mixtape vs. Album – What’s the Difference?

Mixtape vs. Album – What’s the Difference?

“Mixtape” and “album” are two terms that people often misuse and get confused with. They have been regularly used in the music industry for years for different cases. A mixtape is a compilation of songs, while an album is a higher-quality structured collection of songs. The terms’ meanings slightly changed and ...

What is an MC in Rap?

What is an MC in Rap?

An “MC” stands for “Master of Ceremonies”. It refers to a person in charge of an event or performance, who also entertains the audience. It became associated with the rap culture during the 70s, where an MC is defined as someone who raps or speaks rhythmically over a beat. MC and the Evolution of Rap Music As ...

50 Words to Describe Music

50 Words to Describe Music

Music is so abstract that so many words are used to describe it. When describing music, we may reference its genre, its feeling, its structure, while temperature words are often used as well. Music has the ability to touch our emotions at a deep level, and it is something that we can all enjoy no matter what our ...

Unplugged vs Acoustic Music – What’s the Difference?

Unplugged vs Acoustic Music – What’s the Difference?

Acoustic music is music created using acoustic-based instruments and not amplified methods. Unplugged music is amplified but stripped down to an acoustic version. Unplugged music and acoustic music are two terms that refer to music made by acoustic instruments. Having this common feature, they are two types of ...

What is Vamping in Music?

What is Vamping in Music?

A vamp is when you repeat the same chord or chord progression with progressive elements before, in the middle, or after a solo. The term "vamp" is used to describe "any recurring figure or pattern". As the vamp proceeds, you may incorporate more notes, harmonies, and distinct rhythms to make it more interesting. ...

What is Intensity in Music? (And How to Increase It)

What is Intensity in Music? (And How to Increase It)

The intensity of music generally refers to how loud or soft the musical piece is. However, it can also refer to the musical theme, such as suspenseful, dark, or unsettling. The very basic understanding of intensity is considered the change in energy to the applied notes. This change of intensity in music is not ...

What Is ‘Feat.’ in Music?

What Is ‘Feat.’ in Music?

‘Feat.’ or ‘ft.’ is an abbreviation for the term ‘featuring’. It essentially means that the song includes a short or guest appearance from another musician. Initially, guest appearances on songs from other musicians went un-credited. A major example of this is Eric Clapton’s guitar performance in the Beatles song ...

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