Hi all, and welcome to clinical music thought…
Through this R-Unit I aim for all participants, including myself, to gain a deeper understanding of how we approach and listen to music from a clinical perspective. We will be using the blog as a format in which to present arguments/discussion and findings regarding us as individuals and our approach to music. Your engagement with this R-Unit will be measured through forum hours at college and through participation online through posting comments/thoughts and reflections, as well as sharing any resources of interest you may come across in your studies.
So, to begin with, I want you to all consider the following ideas;
- What I value about music
- Current social trends surrounding music
- Music as art
To give you some prompts to stimulate thought and discussion around these topics, I have provided some readings below which examine social ideals and trendsregarding the music industry;
”Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity,” he added. ”So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left.
(“David Bowie, 21st-Century Entrepreneur” New York Times -JON PARELES – Published: June 9, 2002. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B03E1DA113AF93AA35755C0A9649C8B63)
“The Internet has truly transformed music distribution and just like just like water or electricity, it does seem that music is becoming a commodity. Yet under the sustained and multi-faceted pressure of; global economic and population growth, climate change and resource depletion – water and electricity are becoming more expensive, more valuable and more differentiated in quality. Meaning – some power is clean and green some is as dirty as brown coal. By contrast, music is being devalued and becoming more like a commodity and less like the valuable cultural artefact we know it to be. So yes, Bowie was right is saying music would be like running water, but did he envisage that water would become more expensive and more profitable than music?” (thebiz.com.au, 2011)
“When an artist focuses too much on the “stuff” or marketing and not on the “stuff” of music, they can lose their way”. (thebiz.com.au, 2011)
“The guys over at Apple, Inc. evidently know their music theory. Their latest version of GarageBand lets you play with “Smart Instruments” that “make you sound like an expert musician… even if you’ve never player a note before.” (http://www.hooktheory.com/blog/i-analyzed-the-chords-of-1300-popular-songs-for-patterns-this-is-what-i-found/)
This link in general – http://www.hooktheory.com/blog/i-analyzed-the-chords-of-1300-popular-songs-for-patterns-this-is-what-i-found/
If you could all comment or add a post onto the blog discussing your thoughts to my original three questions, that would be great. This will give us a springboard in which to launch into further discussion. I will also be crating a post around my responses to those three questions.