They say no art is truly original and that every artist and art form is somehow influenced by previous forms, works, and artists. Music is no exception and one could construct a ‘family tree’ with trunks, branches and twigs for any musical style in existence. Diversity and newness in music, therefore, is not unlike DNA, comprised of relatively simple components but enormously complex in its structure and interplay.
Thanks to technology, we live in a Golden Age of music. Never before have so many people had so much access and exposure to so many different types of music. I’d wager more fusions/mixtures of styles have occurred in the last 100 years than in the preceding 10,000 years combined! Some, like folk-rock, seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly while other permutations seem downright unnatural, yet in their own odd ways quite enjoyable. Country-punk? Trip-hop? I’m sure there are many others you could name.
The following is a very incomplete list of musical styles. What is the strangest fusion of two styles you can come up with? Better yet, is anyone aware of someone ever attempting such a fusion? Feel free to add any musical styles not listed.
What I'd like to see popularized some day is Sea Chanty-Hip hop. The videos alone would be worth the price of creation! Pirate Rap lives!!!
Yeah yeah I brazenly stole this thread idea from a remark zman made on Random Thoughts....but like I said earlier nothing is truly original.