21st Century Music

Technology has advanced dramatically in the last decade and opened music up to wider possibilities. New styles and genres have been created and unique artist are found on the Internet every day. Thanks to social media we are able to share our music with people from all over the world and discover new acts and artist whom we wouldn’t have found otherwise.

We are starting to understand how important Social Media can be to the way we consume our music. Thanks to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter we have been connected to more and more bands and artist from all over the world. Who could forget such classic viral hits such as… Rebecca Blacks Friday or… PSY’s Gangnam Style or…

Well you see my point.

The way we listen to music is no longer limited to just television and radio. iPods are a more mobile form of music, Instead of ferrying CD’s and tapes about in your bag. But this comes at a cost as people are finding easier and cheaper ways to listen to their music. Illegally downloaded music has swept across the world giving people access to more and more music at a much faster rate than going into a shop and buying the album.

And who would have thought that by the start of the twenty first century the machines would rise up against conventional pop music and enslave the world to the sound of Drum and Bass? Through a combination of computerized rhythms and custom made sounds and noises, Dub Step is one of the only musical style that people can create successfully using just a computer.

We have so many more opportunities as musicians to get our music out of the local scene and into the mainstream industry. It creates overlapping networks starting out with your friends sharing your music to share to their friends who share to their friends until finally you have a trending song being heard by thousands of people all at the same time simply by clicking the share button.

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8 thoughts on “21st Century Music

  1. A few things spring to mind like the potential artists have to decouple themselves from labels, sites like SoundCloud and Bandcamp allow people to sell their own music themselves. And it’s impossible to discuss the topic without mentioning Amanda Palmer’s Success with her Kickstarter-funded album/tour.

    Leading onto this is the pay what you like movement, so many artists have embraced including big names like Radiohead, NIN, and Pearl Jam.

    Bands can now also offer punters a CD/Memory stick of the Gig they just saw minutes after the concert ends, which is pretty cool.

    Also worrying is the fact that you don’t own the music you buy on digital stores, there is the lawsuit where Bruce Willis is suing Apple because he can’t bequeath his iTunes library to his kids when he dies.

    For more ideas prod me when I’m not busy 🙂

    1. I agree theres definetly a lot more site out there which help musicians start their own independant career SounCloud and BandCamp being only a small part of it. And theres a lot of laws and regulations Labes put in about who own the music and who owns the rights to the songs and how you actually get paid from it so definetly these new mediums have helped those who want to persue a career in music do it in the way they originally intended.

  2. I feel that although the internet means you can reach people anywhere in the world with your music so can everyone else. So it means that you can often become lost in the crowd of artists in the same position as you which can make it harder in some respects to get noticed. Like in the 80s all you had to do to get noticed is play some decent shows on Sunset Strip, now there’s nothing like that.

      1. On the other hand Rebecca Black got her song out there cause her mother spent thousands of dollars on recording her track and making a music video so already she would have had a more widespread audience than most people. Like it is with most achievements it’s I suppose its who you know and even sometimes even the internet is no acception.

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