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Old 07-24-2008, 10:00 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Classical musics influence on modern music is pretty understated, you don't just hear it in prog and metal but in some electronica as well, and early Jazz musicians learned some things from the great composers too.

I'm not much of a fan of pure blues, and I'd rather listen to Bartók than Robert Johnson.
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:42 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Early blues pioneers like Johnson absolutely set the foundation for most variations of RnR in both the UK and US. For that, it has to be considered the most important movement in music in the West. Like sam said, if you want to bring classical into the discussion, you have to separate the discussion itself into the movements of the West and that of Europe. It simply goes back too far and is too diverse to really compare to what we would call modern music.

As for the greatest thing that has happened to music in terms of it reaching the ears of the world...hands down the Internet. No contest.

Outside of the actual music-making element...I believe there is much to be said of the advent of the Neilsen Soundscan system in the US and Canada in '91. It brought a completely different level of competition in music sales to the West and with that, sometimes compromised the quality of music being produced. Think about the explosion of early-'90s teen pop...is anybody really going to advocate for that style of music and similar types which have spawned from it as opposed to that leading up to that time?

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I don't agree with the internet.
It hasn't done anything yet has it?
or perhaps I am a dingbat
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Old 07-26-2008, 12:59 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I don't agree with the internet.
It hasn't done anything yet has it?
or perhaps I am a dingbat
you have any idea how hard it was to find non-mainstream music before the late 90s? how about full discographies of non-mainstream music, and now in a convenient single download...

you're right in the sense that it hasn't actually physically changed music, as in creating a whole new style. but on the other hand it's been monumental in providing new music to people who would otherwise be entirely dependent on tv / radio / walmart to learn about new music.

i think the fact that the internet is still growing also makes it tougher to really consider the full impact it's having on music, culture and society.
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Exactly right. It hasn't necessarily created its own genre, but it HAS transformed social means of attaining what is out there. Also, it gives anybody the hope of creating music and being heard because there is little to no more leg work involved. You just click some buttons and listen. Which I would classify as a cultural movement of sorts.
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