Genre Detail

    Contemporary classical music can be understood as belonging to the period that started in the mid-1970s to early 1990s, which includes modernist, postmodern, neoromantic, and pluralist music. However, the term may also be employed in a broader sense to refer to all post-1945 musical forms.

    Generally "Contemporary classical music" includes modern forms of art music such as post-tonal music after the death of Anton Webern, including serial music, electroacoustic music, musique concrète, experimental music, atonal music, minimalist music, etc.; and post-1975 music such as Spectral music, post-minimalism, sound art, etc.

    In North American music, Contemporary music is a type of radio-played well-known music, running from 1960s vocal and 1970s soft rock music to predominantly ballad-heavy music of the present day, with fluctuating degrees of simple tuning in, Pop, soul, beat and blues, calm tempest, and rock influence. Contemporary is commonly a continuation of the simple listening and the soft rock style that got famous during the 1960s and 1970s with certain modifications that mirror the advancement of Pop/rock music. 

    Notable composers include Philip Glass, John Adams, Steve Reich, Thomas Adès, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Arvo Pärt, Terry Riley, and Charles Ives.

    Contemporary will, in general, have lavish, mitigating, and profoundly polished characteristics where emphasized on tune and harmonies is laid. It is usually melodic enough to get a listener's attention and is inoffensive and pleasurable enough to work well as background music. Like most Pop music, its songs tend to be written in a basic format employing a verse-chorus structure. The format is overwhelming on sentimental ballad songs, which, for the most part, utilize acoustic instruments (however low register guitar is typically used, for example, acoustic guitars, pianos, saxophones, and some of the time an orchestra set. The electric guitars are normally faint and high-pitched. However, recent adult Contemporary music may feature synthesizers (and other electronics, such as drum machines). 

    Some stations on our radio app will play mainstream music without adding the hard rock, some form of Pop, etc. 

    We provide Contemporary music that focuses on the 25–44 age group, the segment that has gotten the most consideration from promoters since the 1960s.  A common practice in recent years of Contemporary stations is to play less new music and more hits of the past. This de-emphasis on new songs slows the progression of the Contemporary chart. We've got you covered.