Technology Technology In ancient time, rock music was not in existence. Most historians trace the beginning of rockback in 1958. A new type of music was later invented called Rock and Roll. The appearance of this music altered the musical tastes among young people and pretty much changed the world. This music was not developed from a vacuum. It resulted, however, because of the convergence of two musical styles, Rhythm and Blues and country. This was also facilitated by a series of technological developments that created a new market for music. This paper will attempt to analyze how rock and roll music evolved and the resultant technological changes that spear headed their evolvement to where they are today. However, swing, music was still popular and in this decade, Rock and Roll came into existence. Rock and Roll in their earlier time were called blues with electric guitars. Rockability emerged in the 1950’s that is a mixture of rock and roll, country, blue, and Jazz. This music was a fundamental music genre of 50’s. The pioneers who made rock and roll popular were obviously Little Richard, Bill Haley Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly. Elvis Presley song, “Blue Suede Shoes” is considered as the first rockability (rock and Roll) record. This song was available in the newer 45-RPM format. The year 1960 was the period when America and other parts of the world were introduced to the British invasion, famous one was Beatle. Beatles took what Elvis and others created in the 1950s and made it different.
In this case a new age of rock was born. After the Beatlemania started to sing rock, other popular psychedelic and hippy bands such as The Who, The Yadbirds, the Grateful dead and others began to rule the world. Other genres of rock began to emerge including the progressive rock-experimental with other instruments like guitar, bass and drums which were popularized by pink Floyd, folk rock- tradition rock songs with a blues undertone popularized by Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan, and heavy metal-which is a thick, heavy, and highly improved type of Rock popularized by Black Sabbath. The world started to witness the power rock really had on the society. The song “Be my Baby” in 1963 was recorded with a range of instruments including guitars, multiple pianos, saxophones and horns with innovative studio mixing and over-dubbing. The 1850’s is most famous for hair bands. Heavy metal bands with soaring guitar solos, insane hair and highly leathered pants characterize this time. Amid the pioneers include Guns and Roses, Van Helen, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Motley Crue. They are best remembered for their power ballads and great guitar solos. Artist such as Divo, Talking Heads, The B52’s and Blondie, made new wave-which is a genre that originated from punk, disco and funk, popular. An alternative rock began to emerge in the late 1980s. Various artists including U2, R.E.M, The Cure, Sonic Youth and The Smiths mainly pioneered this. The music was very popular with college students. “Honesty” by Billy Joel is a piano ballad with synthesized embellishments. This song opens up with “sad and tender” piano chords. The early 1990’s were the era of grunge and alternative rock. This opens up into other forms of rock music that best soot the audience. The most known grunge bands of the 1990’s were Nirvana. This grunge music originated from Seattle, Washington, this music can be described as strong guitar riffs and dirty guitar, with distortion and feedback. Grunge had dark lyrics and expressed teenage anguish. The popular grunge and alternative bands includes Nirvana, Alice in Chains, pearl jam, and Jane’s addiction. In Metallica song, “Enter Sandman” three rhythm guitar tracks of the same riff are played to create a ‘wall of sound’. The alternative rock is one of the most popular and broadcasted genre of rock in present time. The Emo, a rock sub genre has intensely emotional lyric with hardcore punk roots. Bands such as sense fail, brand New, Taking Back Sunday, From First to Last, popularized them the used and softer bands including dashboard confessional Bright Eyes described as indie. Even though indie represents the independence and refers to the name of bands part of independent record label, indie has a new meaning currently. Indie is a miscellaneous category of sorts, mainly underground and softer type of alternative rock. The popular indie bands include; the strokes, The Decembrists, Elliott smith, The Arcade Fire, and Death cap for Cutie. Sub genres such as the black metal, thrash metal and death metal that are very loud, aggressive and fast were reached. The popular hardcore metal bands include, Slipknot, As I lay dying, Norma Jean, Korn and cannibal Corpse to name but a few. Alternative rock has reached an all time high with bands such as Coldplay, Incubus, Red Hot Chili peppers, Chevelle just to name but a few. Possibly, pop rock is the most popular genre of our time, it is a rock mixed with popular lyrics and a more mainstream approach. The pop rock Bands includes Ashlee Simpson, Avril Lavigne, All American Rejects and others Rock is one of our newer major genres and very influential genre ever exists. This means that people enjoy rock music from different bands from time to time. Genre is immensely influenced by bands of the past. References: http://youtu.be/SuFScoO4tb0 http://youtu.be/JOIo4lEpsPY http://youtu.be/Dt0ipUCfdlU http://youtu.be/RkirE9uH5SE