Terran Music History

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Terran Music History

Postby jamescfm » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:11 am

Hi everyone! I'm looking to put together a sort of timeline of music history in the game, nothing too detailed but just an overview of key moments like when did certain genres emerge and where do they originate from. The International Academy of Music, which has both in-game and forum presence, is going to be the role-play device which I use as a "source" if that makes sense. Two points which are important. Genres and their origins are hazy and debated in real life so clearly there's going to be a lot of grey areas in this. Particracy is also a much larger time span so while there was only a few decades between the emergence of rock'n'roll and EDM in reality, in Particracy the time-span may have to be centuries. Regardless, if anyone has any particularly strong views on this or has role-play which they think should be incorporated into it then please share and I'll see what we can piece together.
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Re: Terran Music History

Postby Doc » Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:53 pm

Of course, Kalistan does.

We have been featuring certain types of music in Kalistan for ig centuries, though I doubt some of it originated in Kalistan.

But I am biased, obviously. Everything good comes from Kalistan, just like everything good comes from California. ;)

I'm down to work on this project.
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Re: Terran Music History

Postby jamescfm » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:17 pm

I've tentatively suggested the 2700s as the birth of rock'n'roll and thus of most rock and pop music. I'd suggest the punk and indie developments taking place across the following century. It would, for me anyway, be preferable if these didn't directly mirror the trends in real-life music. I think that jazz and swing music could be more popular in Terra, commercially speaking. Rap might develop much earlier (relatively speaking) while electronica/dance should be more recent developments (the past few hundred years). It makes sense that certain genres like Latin, Celtic or Calypso be associated with the in-game regions which parallel their real-life origins. As has already been evidenced, there's also a great opportunity to "invent" new genres or redefine genres. Just sort of thinking out loud here, though, and won't do anything drastic until I've had some input or at least confirmation from others.
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Re: Terran Music History

Postby Doc » Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:14 am

I'd put the birth of electronica before 4000: It was used in the Jam in the 4100s and was accepted as part of it without additional comment, so it was well in the bloodstream of Kalistan at least. Not that it was created there, but if it came from another country, that would probably put its foundation and creation of critical mass well before 4000.

2700 would be a good start for Rock. Indie/alternative should be maybe after 300 or 400 years of bobbysox BS, love music, teenybopper nonsense and all the stupidity in the early days of "pop rock". Think an analog being like the birth of psychedelic rock in the mid 60s as a rejection of the earlier formula, pre and post Revolver, for example. And then a splintering of genres after that.

It would put the earliest electronica maybe as early as 3400, as an outgrowth of Alternative. You could have funk come about in 3500ish, and follow that up with a dancepop/Disco reaction perhaps in 3600 ish, and at about the same time, foundations of hiphop are laid. Reggae is established as an outgrowth of hiphop and electronica (especially their production techniques.) and the newish genre, RF, is a recent development of electronica with dub production techniques.

I'd make the case for an earlier development of electronica because a lot of the early hiphop was influenced by funk and disco records, with the use of drum machines eventually replacing straight sampling. That technology needed to be available before the drum machines could utilize it. But when we think of early hiphop, there are few examples of recorded sample/DJ stuff, and most of it is early Run DMC, Def Jams stuff.

A lot of the localized dance stuff can come from the 300 or so years that rock was dominant in Luthori speaking nations. And other regional music could be outgrowths of regionalized folk music.

What do you think?
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Re: Terran Music History

Postby jamescfm » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:38 am

Sounds good. You're right about an earlier development of electronica, honestly I'd kinda forgotten what the in-game year was and assumed we were still in the early 4000s. I'll create a wiki project page which will allow us to focus on the essential articles that are missing and provide a general foundation overview. In terms of geographic spread of music, we probably have more opportunity for an international approach because Terra has been globalised/interconnected for more of the time when this music developed compared to real-life.

EDIT: Here's the page: https://particracy.wikia.com/wiki/Parti ... ject_Music
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