Friday, June 15, 2012

THE PROGRESSIVE ROCK ENCYCLOPEDIA. (Intro) Part.1

   Now, where do I begin? hmmm
The ones that know me, or the ones that you reading my blog you may have noticed that I have a special kind of affection for the musical style called Progressive Rock.
But what is exactly Progressive Rock? It is the sub-category of Rock music, appeared at the end of '60's mostly in UK, and developed in the '70's including bands from many countries finally.
It started as some musicians felt the need to play something more complicated, expand their musical horizons, and push music out of the usual limits of Rock. Most of them were students of musical schools or universities, and they tried to blend Rock music with forms of Classical music, Jazz, Ethnic etc.But that wasn't always successful. Sometimes the results were excellent in them being inspired compositions, but in some other cases it was just some perfectionists trying to impress their audience with their musical knowledge.
   Many names were invented in order to describe the differences and music styles of these bands.
Techno-Rock, Art Rock, Symphonic Rock, Space Rock, are some of these sub-categories.
   One extra category that under certain circumstances can be added under the 'banner' of Progressive Rock, is Krautrock. This term is used for the Rock bands from Germany actually.
Germany was a whole different planet in music these years. The German musicians tried to invent their own way to play Rock. A more 'German' way. A music form that is neither Western or Eastern, but pure German. So Krautrock was created. Many bands were experimenting with new forms of music, new sounds, new styles, while some others chose to follow the 'Western way'. A very big contribution in these musical experiments was the rise and the development of synthesizers. Many of the German bands based their sound on the heavy use of synthesizers.
In the late '70's with the rise of Disco and the tsunami of Punk, most of the Prog-Rock bands were disbanded, or tried to change their style in order to survive. Very few succeeded though.
Later in the '80' and '90's, slowly slowly new bands appeared in the music scene trying to play again Prog-Rock, but in a more modern way. (And there was when the term Neo-Prog was invented).
Some of these bands have survived until our times actually...
Continue on part. 2...