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Music is an art medium composed of pitch (melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture to tell a story or give an idea. The following is a brief description of the many genre's of music in the French Trafalgar, British Waterloo world, and the times in which they were most popular.




Popular, or "Pop Music" means any genre that is commonly made for a mass audience, usually through radio, purchase on discs for home listening, or, more recently, over the internet.


Short for "attristant", French for "saddening," which is related to many songs of the early 20th century, especially between the Second and Third Global War. Originating in Europe after the Second Global War, Atriste remained popular up until after the Third Global War, which mostly consisted of long, mournful melodies played on pianos, brass instruments or, especially in the 1930s, the saxophone, and lyrics about lost love, death and pain. After the war, and with the start of the Tri-Powers Conflict, Atriste became associated in North America with France, while in the French Empire it also fell out of style, reminding people of the depressing years in between the wars. The genre, although not as popular as the past, experiences resurgences during economic depressions and military conflicts, but is mostly forgotten or ignored during times of peace and prosperity


Springing up in the traditionally rural, agricultural nations of Russia, Assiniboia, Alyseka, Australasia and the Confederate States of America, Rural music can be anything that is related to farming, the "common" people (such as drinking, partying, love and loss). Traditional instruments associated with Rural music is the fiddle and the guitar, while Modern Rural music is heavily influenced by rock music, often now with drum sets and electric guitars that only rock bands of the 1970s and 80s would use.

Rock and Roll

Also known commonly as 'Rock', or 'Rock Music', Rock and Roll as a genre first begin developing from Atriste, American rural, and American Jazz music in the early fifties. Rock music became a popular contrast to Atriste, characterized by energetic, fast-paced tempos, based on a strong second and fourth beat, unlike Atriste which is commonly slow and soulful. Rock music usually incorporates a 4/4 meter and unsyncopated rythyms, building toward a 'verse-chorus' format, which became increasingly popular as the genre continued to grow. Rock music was slow to take shape in the United States where jazz and southern Atriste was often frowned upon in favor of more traditional styles. Ironically jazz and early rock was able to find an underground following in the United Kingdom, giving root to many small bands that would later spread to the Americas.



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