Music in the 26th Century

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Introduction

The evolution of music into the 26th Century has been a topic of interest to a number of sociologists. As the various species learned space travel, cultural diffusion has taken place at rapid pace. The development of music styles which appeal to the whole of the universe has been the dream of each and every new music star that breaks through the various music markets of the universe.

Domination of the music industry by major record labels

The music industry has grown by leaps and bounds, it is currently dominated by around 20 music houses that together have enough resources to support the lifestyles and production of hundreds of thousands of musical stars. Whilst there has been some diffusion, and whilst that diffusion has created birth to a number of musical genres, certain markets prefer certain music over others and very few stars have trully been able to tailor to the so called "universal market". However, in recent decades, the music industry has witnessed a collusion in taste of music.

Music is still an important part of many cultures, some cultures are even fanatically attached to their musical tastes. Stars often spend their entire lives touring the various star systems, becoming real universe trodders.

In some cultures, music is seen to be close or sinonymous with the culture. One 26th century musician remarked that "I don't think of music as being classified in genres, I think each planet produces its own music."

A fragmented market of many niches

It is important to highlight that whilst each planet has retained internally a musical market of its own along with an overwhelming number of niche markets, there are only a few genres that have truly succeeded in achieving wide cross-species appeal. 

Thus, Terran classical music is considered a niche market that appeals only to a small group of humans. Rosebourg kalintada music, which used to be an integral part of Rosebourg dance music is now also a niche market to a select group of Rosebourgs.   

Thus, Terran classical music is considered a niche market that appeals only to a small group of humans. Rosebourg kalintada music, which used to be an integral part of Rosebourg dance music is now also a niche market to a select group of Rosebourgs. 

The rise of cross-species pop music

A number of new genres have become particularly popular. Terra Nueva Techno, for example, draws its origins from 20th Century techno and new age. Nueva Techno blends Rosebourg and Terran musical elements in order to create a fast-paced, drum-machine focused sound. It is extremely popular amongst the young crowd and is very much the 26th Century's equivalent to pop music.

Acanacadan Trees, an innovative music style which attempts to use planets' natural sounds and mesh them together in a music composition has also gained quite a following within the Confederacy and abroad. It too has found a calling amongst the middle-aged crowd.