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Chapter 16: The Cycles of Creativity in the Music Industry

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The Cycles of Creativity in the Music Industry
The cycles of creativity in the music industry
PeterTschmuck

The history of the music industry since its emergence in the late nineteenth century reveals a business cycle in which different configurations – from tight oligopolies to highly competitive markets – correspond to different degrees of creative output. While during oligopolistic phases more or less one music style (swing in the 1940s, or superstar-pop in the 1990s) has dominated the scene, in more competitive phases we can observe a high diversity of music expressions. In this chapter the interrelationship of a changing industry structure and the differences in creative expression will be examined in their historical context in order to generate a model of innovation and creativity in the music ...

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