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Art rock is a form of art music and experimental rock that artsy or avant-garde views the purpose of the music forms. One of the more important characteristics of art rock is releasing the standard 4/4 (4/4 time), or so called ' 12-bar blues ' (a standard composition of a recurring chord pattern over twelve sizes) in order to give more space other styles. Thus, the band Genesis in the beginning especially made use of folk-influences. Other bands are mostly known for the use of alternative sizes (9/8, 12/9) and mathematical approach of structures. Known art rock bands are Sonic YouthBlonde RedheadLiarsHalf Japanese.

In the seventies of the 20th century the term was also used for a kind of progressive rock, and is therefore sometimes confusing. In the latter case are household names Alan Parsons ProjectPink Floyd10ccSupertramp, and Genesis.


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Psychedelic rock[Edit][]


Psychedelic rock , see main article.

The psychedelic flow came on stream mid-sixties of the 20th century with rock acts like Velvet UndergroundFrank ZappaCaptain BeefheartJimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. On the one hand, influenced by jazz musicians like John Coltrane and Sun Ra and avant-gardecomposers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, started to break with other masters bands fixed musical forms.

Progressive rock[Edit][]


See main article progressive rock on this topic.

In the seventies of the 20th century in Germany the KrautrockBrian Eno was at that time a leading producer. A leading progressive rock band which included King Crimson, is the band around guitarist Robert Fripp.

Proto-punk and Proto New Wave[Edit][]

In New York was a number of bands started experimenting and would later get this following in the punk and new wave. Examples: New York DollsPatti Smith and later Television and the Talking Heads.

No Wave[Edit][]


No wave , see main article.

No wave was a short-lived but highly influential variant of punk in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The main no wave artists came from the Lower East Side in New York. The term no wave has a double meaning: on the one hand it refers to the experimentaliteit of the genre (no wave belonged to no other style), on the other hand, it is a play on words with which the commercialism of the popular new wave genre was rejected.Parallel to the Nick Cavewere no wave, Cabaret VoltaireEinstürzende Neubauten and Throbbing Gristle active in Europe.

Indie Rock[Edit][]


See main article: indie rock topic.

Indie is an umbrella term for music that characterize themselves generally leave by her attitude: an aversion to commercial music and a penchant for the experiment. The name comes from the English Wordindependent, that means independent and more broadly a DIY-attitude or contracted by an independant label. The different definitions of indie-music can vary, from with influences from ambient to heavy metal, but typically, a subgenre of alternative rock, the so-called indie rock meant. Indie rock was at a larger audience known by bands like PixiesPavement and Sonic Youth. By bands like Mudhoney and Nirvana was thegrunge.



Lo-Fi , see main article.

At the beginning of the nineties of the 20th century was the Lo-F-flow more popular by the arrival of the relatively cheap Porta 4-track cassetterecorders. This created the possibility to make own recordings, instead of having to hire a music studio . Bands that via this method are their music recordings, Guided by VoicesSebadohBeck.



See main article Post-rock on this topic.

In the mid-1990s of the 20th century the post-rock. Post-rock is often instrumental. The compositions are very extensive and there is moving away from the standard Verse-Chorus-Verse structure. It can be seen as a reaction to the grungeStoner rock and nu-metal. Originally presented as the alternative indie rockstyle music, but which in practice through creative intervention by the major record labels increasingly petered out as to formulistische, mainstream-guitar rock.


Around the turn of the century there arose a revaluation for the early 80 's-rock, the post-punk. Experimental exponents of this movement are LiarsThe RaptureYeah Yeah Yeahs.


Nineties and after 2000[Edit][]