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Re: [microsound] the culture industry

So what is really the problem?

That 40 years old men write the songs that teenagers listen to?
So should teenagers write the songs other teenagers listen to? Should
teenagers write, direct and edit the films they watch? Should teenagers
write the books they read? (And so should 6 year old children write tales?)

Is the problem that the music industry uses young,
good-looking girls instead of 40 years old, not-so-good-looking men?

I think there are more 40 or more years old men on music channels I really
can't stand. At least young girls are good to look at, even if that's the
only important difference.

Or is that they use effects in the studio?
Is that really a problem here on the microsound list? ;)

Well, my point is that while the video is entertaining it doesn't touch any
of the real problems of the music industry, or say the "industrialisation"
of culture.


On 12/3/06, Kim Cascone <kim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> this clip
> http://axiomsun.com/home/video/no_talent_no_problem!
> _how_to_create_a_sexy_pop_star.html
> http://tinyurl.com/y24d4w
> is from a doc film titled 'Before The Music Dies' and shows how a pop
> song/singer is manufactured...
> http://www.beforethemusicdies.com/
> I read an in-depth article in the New York Times Magazine a few years
> back on the same subject/issues: manufacturing a pop star/hit
> single...I tossed it during a spring studio cleaning but I'm sure
> some Googling would reveal title/author
> q1: has the steady stream of swill coming from the 'culture industry'
> given people the impression that music is disposable and hence not
> worth paying for?
> q2: is filesharing a  _symptom_  of the devaluation of cultural
> artifacts or simply a problem in itself?
> Adorno turns in his grave