Classification

After years of questions about classification, here is a general table of how releases are classified here at Oddio Overplay. We use the largely accepted musicological trichotomy of Art Music, Popular Music, and Traditional Music.


Formal Classes

Art Music - also called Classical, Court, Serious, or Formal Music, has advanced structural and theoretical considerations and a written musical tradition

Progressive Art Music -

Children - Music and spoken works by and/ or for youth

Classic Popular Music - Popular Music forms predating rock-and-roll

Experimental - Forms

Jazz - In addition to pure jazz forms, some classic popular forms are here, such as big band swing

Popular Music -

Traditional Music -

Spoken - Includes everything from drama and poetry to instruction and talk shows

Regardless of the date of the recording, it falls under the form which is its closest fit. For example, a rockabilly band performing today is following an early rock form, and would be filed under Popular Music: Early Rock.

The Traditional Music recordings are organized using a method called the United Nations Geoscheme. It was developed by the United Nations Statistics Division. The system organizes the world into macro-geographical regions and subregions following continent geography as much as possible.

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