What is Fusion Music?

What is fusion music? Well, you don’t have to be an atomic scientist to understand fusion music. Let’s look at a basic definition of fusion; “The union of different things by or as if by fusion; mixed; coalition.’ This definition is from New World Dictionary of the American Language, Second University Edition. Thus, in music, different musical elements, often from different musical genres, are brought together. Here are some examples of fusion music;

  • Reggae Rock

  • Rap Rock

  • Jazz Fusion

  • Gypsy Punk

  • Gypsie Jazz

  • Folktronica

  • Folk metal

  • Folk punk

  • Celtic punk

  • Country rap

From most of these titles, you can see which genre was mixed with what other genre; “Country Rap” is obviously country music mixed with rap music and “Folk Punk” is folk music mixed with punk music. This is only a partial list, of course, as the combinations are pretty much limitless. Being of Germanic descent, I have attended a number of Oktoberfests and heard “Umpah Bands” playing rock songs. One of the most successful types of fusion music is Country Rock.

Another term applied to fusion music is “cross-over”. You’ve probably heard the term “Cross-Over Hit,” referring to a song that caught the attention of listeners from different musical genres. Fusion music often stems from a band’s desire to reach a larger audience, but it can also stem from the effort to establish a unique or new sound.

Most of the musical artists that stood out had their own unique sound and this is actually the end product of this fusion process that we are talking about. While some fusion efforts are very obvious, that is, they have combined a very identifiable musical element with another very identifiable musical element, some fusion processes are much more subtle and involve a greater number of elements. ‘musical elements.

To illustrate this point, I’m going to share a short story of when I heard a lecture from the late great author Ray Bradbury. He knew he was speaking to an audience of young writers and he said, quite simply, if you want to be a writer, you just read and read and read and it starts to come back. Somehow I understood what he was saying, which is that being a writer you don’t lock yourself in an ivory tower but you expose yourself as much as possible to the writings of other authors and it begins to appear. in a blend that reflects your own personality.

You can take any great musical artist and trace their favorite musical artists in their music. In Beethoven, for example, we find Mozart, Haydn, Handle and Bach, not literally ripped off, but stylistically present in the mix which is uniquely Beethoven. When you really look, you see that no musical genre has come out of nowhere but is a product of fusion music.

Source by Brian Beshore

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