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For those of you who know theory:

Does theory work well in evaluating non-classical genres? Are there some genres it works a lot better for than others? How about classical music, does theory readily apply to ancient music or atonal music? What about some stuff that's really out there, can theory be applied to field recordings or noise music?


Yes, music is all about analyzing patterns(mostly used in field recordings and noise, rhythmic). Ancient music uses patterns or frameworks that we now call "modes." and the atonal music requires you to know about harmony and study a lot in regard of the pattern making and harmonic progressions. It's a lie when they tell you that studying music is limiting your imagination, it rather opens you to new stuff the more you study and explore it.


>It's a lie when they tell you that studying music is limiting your imagination
Yeah, I agree with this. I just wonder if theory is at all tailored to certain genres better than others. I'm sure you're right that it's applicable to all genres, but maybe there's still some difference in degree.

To that end, I wonder if there are alternative/supplementary theories out there, aside from what would normally be taught as theory, to suit specific purposes


Yes, all music is sound in time. If you are playing any kind of music that has harmonies then you will benefit from music theory. Academic music theory mostly focuses on the classical repertoire, but every genre has its idioms. Studying theory enables you to hear and identify those idioms and also see where they relate so that you may mix them.

>ancient music

there are entire fields of study deidicated to this

>atonal music

probably the most theory heavy music there is

>field recordings

i dont know what this is

>noise music

not in the traditional, but if you have spent time studying patterns in music, you will begin see how the patterns in the noise develop and form the overall piece

any music that exists has a "theory" to it. all theory is, is a collection of ideas about what sounds good. there are definitely alternative theories our there. other cultures, such as that of india or china have longstanding musical traditions with tons of ideas about what sounds good to them.

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