Are instruments instrumental in deciding musical genres?
A few months ago, we did a live gig where we played a few Carnatic ragas in electric guitar with distortion and time signature changes. One person from the audience, after the gig, came to us to congratulate for our performance and he thought our music was heavy metal while actually what we played had more elements of Indian classical music. The same raga, if played in a violin or flute would have appeared as more Indian to people.
This incident got us thinking and led us to the question, how instrumental is an instrument in deciding a musical genre. On a related note, here’s wikihow’s description of classifying musical genres.
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