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We live in a remix culture. What does that mean for us? I'm interested in how electronic music has changed society's relationship to music, from both a musical performance and writing standpoint, and a cultural standpoint.
posted by baniak to society & culture (11 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for opinion and analysis about how electronic music (including hip hop) has affected our cultural and psychological makeup. Opinion/analysis can be from any field (sociology, musicology, psychology, general ranting) - bonus points for being accessible to a layperson.
Here are a few question I'm interested in:
+ How has electronic music changed the relationship between the artist and the audience?
+ How has electronic music changed our perception of time? i.e. electronic music is very regularly quantized - each beat/measure is consistently the same length to the millisecond, whereas "live" music will often have variations between measures, or beats within measure (see Viennese waltz)
+ How has it changed expectations of music and songwriting?
- How do the tools used for creating electronic music affect the song writing process?
- Western popular electronic music evolved from funk/disco which emphasizes "groove" - a compelling repeated motif - with less emphasis on thematic development. How does this affect listener expectations when listening to electronic music?
- Are there cultural differences in the approach to composing electronic music? Do other cultures emphasize other elements besides "groove" in composing electronic music?
+ How has electronic music affected musicianship?
This is kind of a free for all, if you have any other interesting opinions or analysis related to a question not asked here, that's awesome! This isn't for research, just personal curiosity as a musician and music fan.