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How did music reflect the fast paced industrialized world of the 20th Century?
How do you think the recording industry changed music?
Recording studios want to sell what the public will buy. They are looking for profits and aren't going to push something that's going to make them lose money. Sometimes a song is good, but it doesn't even get off the ground because no studio will record it! So, whether they realize it or not, the recording industry is controlling the type of music that everyone listens to these days!
The recording industry provided a means for everyday people to be able to enjoy music. It really created an entire economy centered on the creation, recording, and consumption of music. When rock and roll came along, the recording industry established an inalienable claim to the youth culture, not only in the United States, but throughout the entire developed world.
Rock and roll in the 1950s and 1960s reflected the youthful optimism of the United States. The music of the youth culture has reflected the outlook of young people throughout the decades. For example, folk music in the 1960s expressed an antiwar sentiment while the U.S. was embroiled in the Vietnam conflict. In the current decade, country music expresses a solid patriotic sentiment.
The recording industry enabled music to be a part of the mainstream. Recording companies made it possible for the average person to listen to music, not just a certain part of the population.
I would think that the recording industry changed things by pushing more musicians towards music that would sell. I would think this would have helped to endanger lesser-known, folk kinds of music and make all music more homogeneous.
Schönberg’s "emancipation of dissonance" along with Stravinsky's innovations, and Debussy's explorations, through which they attempted to "free" their music from the shackles of traditional tonality and expression while still maintaining those musical traditional elements they considered necessary changed music considerably in the 20th century.
Recording industry made the music accessible to masses at reasonable cost, with much less than proportionate increase in the effort required on part of musicians. It also made it less troublesome for people to enjoy music of great performers at many different convenient places like in their homes and while driving.
The combined effect of these two phenomenons was that it increased the value of music and the earnings of the musicians. At the same time it made music by renowned performers much more affordable for listeners. Combined effect of both these trends was to make music much more popular among masses. This also meant that popular music as opposed to classical music became more respectable, and people performing such music earned much more money as well as fame.
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