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Progressive Rock

A form of music that for a brief period of time in the late 1960s to the mid 1970s was defined by breaking the constraints of the Blues-based Rock idiom, synthesizing disparate aspects of Western Classical, Jazz and Eastern music with a virtuosic approach featuring odd time signatures, synthesizers, and compositions extended far beyond the average Rock tune of the era. Legend has it that in a span from 1971 to 1975, it was actually popular -- although that is still a working theory based on four or five best-selling bands.
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Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

Progressive Rock

A form of music that for a brief period of time in the late 1960s to the mid 1970s was defined by breaking the constraints of the Blues-based Rock idiom, synthesizing disparate aspects of Western Classical, Jazz and Eastern music with a virtuosic approach featuring odd time signatures, synthesizers, and compositions extended far beyond the average Rock tune of the era. Legend has it that in a span from 1971 to 1975, it was actually popular -- although that is still a working theory based on four or five best-selling bands.

I think you just might have it right here.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 01 2018 at 04:10
Seems to me the more interesting question is why rock, a lowbrow, untrained form of youth music, progressed at all.  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 01 2018 at 04:57
Progressive Rock

Music that sounds like something you know but isn't quite that but more to do with that je ne sais quoi type deal you often find lingering in the back of the throat like ahhh but it's more oorhhh in that oh so special way that sounds like that and not like the other thing that never was like the former...but a continuation of the same no less.
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Prog is music for the masses!! (or was that Depeche Mode-album?)
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From the new book, "Wonderous Stories" by Jerry Ewing...

"Prog rock is music the challenges the listener while also intriguing them.  It has the ability to transport listeners to far-off lands and wrap them lovingly in the embrace of creative words and sonic pictures, and to truly amaze with the sheer unbridled precociousness of its creators".
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Larkstongue41 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2018 at 10:08
^ The same could be said about nearly any music genre though...
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Prog rock: Rog'n Roll with a P.
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Music that makes idiots cringe
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I would expand upon the basic statement...

Progressive Rock:  Music springing from or incorporating elements from the rock idiom in which the writer or performer seeks to expand beyond the genre's traditional musical limitations and constraints...

... by developing more complex compositions and arrangements, making use of non-traditional rock musical instrumentation and time-signatures, adapting elements of other musical genres, executing with virtousic musicianship, and presenting it all to the listener in a manner so boldly and proudly as to be deemed (inappropriately) as pretentious.






Edited by wiz_d_kidd - Yesterday at 11:08
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The difficulty comes with, I as a musician can come up with a 10 minute, dynamic song with peaks and valleys and little repetition, and someone can take a listen and think "this doesn't sound like any of the prog bands I like from the 70s therefore it's not prog."


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