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Old 01-12-2011, 04:08 PM   #91 (permalink)
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What might bode well for future music are those eclectic directors who actually give a damn about their soundtracks - interesting, possibly even very experimental bands who might not get a leg up commercially can get a song or two on some surprise hit/cult film and their fanbase triples.

I guess as long as people give a damn about movies, interesting music will always get a chance to shine.
My old music teacher always told his students if they wanted to make money in the music business to go into film scores. He said thats where the future in big music money was. I kind of believe him .
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:46 PM   #92 (permalink)
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But they weren't local though, that's the point.
They were highly organised with a proper distribution centre (Rough Trade) where anybody from a independent label could come along and get their bands distributed nationally and because of the success of this distribution lots of this stuff got mainstream airplay & media coverage.
Be that as it may, but as a fan you still had to be dedicated, probably much more than today, to grasp what was going on in the scene. And besides, you cannot deny that the distribution is simpler today than ever, as well as the means of gaining knowledge about all kinds of bands.

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There might be an independent scene but it's much more fractured, disorganised & small time, with everybody trying to get stuff heard good or bad. You can only do so much on the internet with no money. You can't promote or tour and that's what you really need to do to get a proper fanbase. Not just have someone download your album, listen to it once or twice and then forget about it because they have another 100 albums to listen to.
Like I said before, it makes everything more disposable & rarely gives people time to develop or build.
Your choice of words reflects your attitude on this issue. I'd say diverse and niched rather than fractured. Isn't it great that I have 100 different albums to listen to rather than about a dozen? And from a musician's point of view, isn't it great that I can record my compositions with the aid of a computer, mixer, microphones and certain hardware all cheapened by technical development, something that only 20 years ago was simply impossible for me to achieve? And in addition, upload it on dedicated websites for distribution and share it with friends and potential listeners? Sure I won't make many bucks on it but then again, that's not what I primarily try to achieve either and since the cost of making the music is so low over time I don't really have to make any money on it.

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Yes but are they unsigned bands or bands who are signed & have records out?
Both.

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If the latter is the case the only way it's easier is that you don't have to pay for it if you don't want to. You could probably find most of your online discoveries in a large record store just as easily.
But I still have to acquaint the bands/artists I'm going out to buy one way or another. I don't go to a record store and randomly pick a few records to see if they're any good, especially not regarding the pricetag.
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Autotune. Nuff' said.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:35 PM   #94 (permalink)
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Autotune. Nuff' said.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:28 AM   #95 (permalink)
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The best thing about any of this is the fact that people in small dots on the map far away from anything that still yet to have to learn to drive will actually know music beyond the mainstream at the moment instead of years after the fact. This is from someone who was stuck in one for many years well before the Internet age. True, there were the Late Night Radio shows (or, the token "Alternative" blocks stuck on Sunday Nights), the Libraries where could meet up with a like mind if you were seriously lucky, and the odd family shopping trip to the nearby City, but life for someone in living in the Country who was into music before the Internet was mostly a pain.

To be fair, I have very fond memories, but you have to admit that things are better in a way.

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