Effective Genres and Sub-genres for your Library

  Genre and Sub-genre are the most important fields when organizing your library. Using standard Genres are very important and should be created based on the styles of music you represent. There are different guidelines behind populating these fields. The most common, is to populate a one genre tag and up to 4 sub-genre tags. […]

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Musical Elements of Dream Pop-Shoegaze, Chillwave, and Post Rock and How They are Used in TV/Film.

Dream Pop-Shoegaze, Chillwave and Post Rock are sub-genres that have some tie overs and common musical elements that are worth discussing.  In this blog, I will discuss each sub-genre’s instrumentation, texture, moods, effective Industry usage key-wording, and Trailers that use these styles. Dream Pop-Shoegaze: The most defining elements of Dream Pop are the use of […]

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Using Effective Sub-Genre Tags for Electronic Music

There are many sub-genre categories for the vast and general term Electronic or Electronica music. When tagging I like to categorize the terms as follows:

Genre: Electronic
Sub-Genre: Ambient, Ethereal, New Age, Downtempo/Chill Out, Lounge

Genre: Electronica
Sub-Genre: Techno, House, Deep House, Tech House, Progressive House, Electro House, Dubstep
Trance, Rave

Since the realm of Electronic music is ever changing and new sub-categories tend to pop up, it is helpful to stay informed of these specific styles and knowing some of the traits and influential artists that play major roles within these sub-genres.

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Finding Effective Genre and Sub-Genre Tags for Hybrid Tracks

One of the most challenging jobs when tagging music is giving the proper genre tags to tracks that are of mixed styles. I have run across mixtures of Orchestral, Pop and Rock, Jazz and Electronica, Folk and New Age and the list goes on. There are many strategies behind categorizing these tracks. The most sensible way, would be to have both a Genre and Sub-Genre category/field, or Genre and 2 Sub-Genre fields. These fields can also be labeled as “categories” and “sub-categories” or “Styles”.

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