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Wital says

Music in the United States differs from European music. Why?

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Wital says

ku ku??? No thoughts?

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richspeller_music says

Well, it’s just better, that’s all!

I am joking… before I get a tirade of abuse from the States! I guess it is down to simple cultural differences. Although, saying that I have not really researched it so don’t really have a right to comment :-) and have not personally noticed any differences. I will go now.

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Reachground says

It’s strange to compare US music with European music for many reasons. One of the main reasons is that Europe is not a country. I’m from Sweden and every time I visit a country in southern Europe there is a big cultural difference. All the Scandinavian countries are quite similar but as soon as you travel outside it there’s a big difference. So the question is, what is the European music you’re talking about?

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DamianN says

I don’t hear a difference at all, but maybe this is conditioned by traditions… When you hear conga drums, you know that is African music, you hear bagpipe and you know where this music is from … I never thought about this, never heard the difference between American and European music…

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BeyondTheVeil says

it depends in what context do you mean different? as mentioned, Europe isnt a country its a vast continent collective of a huge array of styles and culturally influenced music.Each part of this European community has its own strong identity and not much of which can be directly compared to American music in its very broad range of styles etc.

if you mean in a purely commercial context ie:for the purposes of which a lot of us compose for etc, then i dont really think their are any big differences any more.

Their are more defined differences if you hone in on certain genres and markets.TV music for example in the UK is still very different from the general requiements of US tv.

i write for both of those markets and their is definitively a big identity divide.i find the big cinematic sound bleeding from the hollywood blockbuster industry very much filtering its way into advertising and promotional marketing in a big way now.

in fact trailer music seems to be slowly taking over a lot of advertising markets with its instant full on,bombastic “buy me” attention grabbing style.

but on a localised level, German,Swedish,French,English,Irish etc etc, music still has its own very unique flavour and character and thank god it still does lol.

seeing as this world got a lot smaller once it become almost second nature for most nations to have access to a decent internet line, its getting very hard to tell who is writing what regardless of where they come from.

everyone is listening to all the very big names in commercial music, and cloning all these money making sounds and styles.so slowly but surely, we are becoming united in a sound that i guess has stemmed from the US.

different markets do require a certain “sound”.i like UK tv work as this gives me the chance to write more detailed work.music with more dynamics and range where as most of the US work im doing right now, requires a far simpler approach with a big instant fix finish to it.

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BigBouncyBright says

For example in rock music, I think compare british and american (USA) music could be more correct (countries with great (showbiz) music traditions). I think differences are in the geographical location (climatic conditions). Compare britpop with it’s mainly dull, dark mood and sunny Californian rock…

Also great differences are in the sound, british sound is more diffused and have less brightness in compare with american

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Mihai_Sorohan says

Beside the traditional music or ethnic fusion, the general pop/ rock/ dance music might be the same.

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liambradbury says

Even though England is part of Europe…. Our music is very different to the rest of Europes music. I would say English music is closer to music from the US than the rest of Europe.

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garethcoker Envato team says

What an incredibly broad question!

What is ‘music in the United States?’

Is it hip-hop? Rock? Country? California is almost 40% Hispanic so what is the music of California?!

Pretty much impossible to answer.


we are becoming united in a sound that i guess has stemmed from the US.

This to me, is truly depressing, but also inevitable given that the vast majority of the developed world will be mixed-race in a couple of generations. It’ll take music in new directions, but it’s also going to stagnate at some point. Hopefully enough artists will keep countries traditional music alive.

The other problem we have is that music is produced on such a massive scale now, that there is just a lot more crappy music that isn’t cared for and just churned out like a factory line. That is a result of composers and musicians in general not standing up for themselves enough because composers and musicians are so desperate for any work they can get. I know many composers who would sell their mothers if it meant they could work on a project. Yuck…

Apologies for the mini rant and sorry I didn’t address the original question very well. But I suspect other things will crop up in this thread that are worth talking about.

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