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This page is intended as a forum for discussing a music culture (elements of which get called post-rock, avant-rock, indie, lo-fi, alt-country, geekrock, nu-electronica etc, etc) that has gestated in fragmented forms in the nether-regions of society for the bulk of its life, but is coming together to become broader and more solid. Using word of mouth networking between friends, labels and artists, it is expanding both in terms of popularity and plurality, greatly aided by the recent growth of the internet. The underlying idea (so far as I see it through my starry eyes) is that the music itself should be central, leading in record production to more of a stress on artistic control, independence, and (to varying extents) the D.I.Y approach and aesthetic. As for listening/ consuming, it leads to a stress on the ear being the boss, and increasingly, a shift away from genre identification, and people having what might seen like crazily varied record collections (eg from Johnny Cash to To Rococo Rot). The distinction between production/consumption begins to falter as listeners take a more active role in producing records, promoting gigs, etc, and artists network more freely with other artists/listeners etc. And so on.
- Music That Sucks
- Feb 10, 2001
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