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Eclecticist: The Music Industry

Show Notes & Research

Introduction

Topic Overview

Off Topic

Talking Points

Jargon

Wrap Up

From the Show

Broadcast: 16th January, 2014

Last update: 18th January, 2014

Introduction

Topic Overview

Music is the art form most concerned with precision wobbling of the air in order to produce pleasing sounds. Since time immemorial, the motivations to achieve such auditory delights have included religious exaltation, regal salutation, military motivation, sexual stratagem, social ascent, poetry and whimsy. As with any human endeavour, over the course of time, an industry is formed through the natural selection of assembled componentry—codification, methodology, agreed nomenclature, commonality of goals to name but a few. Music is one of the oldest common pursuits for which arguably, the most conspicuous industry has arisen. Beautiful sound can transport us; does knowledge of the machine behind the curtain spoil the magic?

Off Topic

(What we’re not talking about.)

Talking Points

Jargon

It’s an ancient industry and therefore, sodden with terminology. A fairly exhaustive list can be found here: http://www.mubutv.com/news/mubutv-glossary-of-music-industry-terms.html. We’ve added some highlights.

Wrap Up

From the Show

Notes, corrections and further references

The One Direction cast: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

Sam Smith not Sam Shephard (a playwright).

Computer music composition, ARS article from 2009: http://arstechnica.com/science/2009/09/virtual-composer-makes-beautiful-musicand-stirs-controversy/

Sibelius music composition software: http://www.sibelius.com/home/index_flash.html