I’m in a philosophical bent today and didn’t want to start with Cage’s
4′33". So, I began thinking, what makes Prog … Prog. If I hear some music, how is it categorized as Prog? Is Prog about album side long compositions or compositional complexity? Is it about the level of musician-ship and must incorporate instrumental virtuosity?
Clipped from the all knowing Wiki:
the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music.
So, is “Tommy” by the Who or " Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, Prog? I would certainly classify “Revolution 9” from the White Album as prog.
And, then, while we associate this mainly with Rock since that was it’s origin, I don’t think Rock holds the exclusive domain on “Prog”. Other genres might give it a different title, but, it is still “prog”. Or is it?
Can there be Prog R&B, Prog Hip Hop, Prog Dance, Prog Jazz? If so, how does one identify what makes that track/record/artist in effect “Prog”. In the quote above, it describes ROCK as being influenced by classical, folk, and jaz. If that is the case, then the opposite should also be true. Jazz, folk, classical, etc that begin to incorporate elements of Rock, R&B, Soul should be Prog representatives of their genres?
I still don’t really have an answer for myself, just wanted to see what others thought about it.