Popular music is an important part of our everyday life, entertaining, inspiring and even empowering us, but where did it come from, how is it made, what does it mean, and how does it eventually reach our ears? In this fully revised<strong> Second Edition</strong> of the popular textbook, <strong>Studying Popular Music Culture</strong>, Tim Wall guides students through the many ways we can analyse music and the music industries, highlighting crucial skills and useful research tips. Taking into account recent changes and developments in the industry, this book outlines the key concepts, offers fresh perspectives and encourages readers to reflect on their own work. Written with clarity, flair and enthusiasm, it covers: Histories of popular music, their traditions and cultural, social, economic and technical factors Industries and institutions; production, new technology, and the entertainment media Musical form, meaning and representation Audiences and consumption Students’ learning is consolidated through a set of insightful case studies, engaging activities and helpful suggestions for further reading.

An Overview of Popular Music Production

An Overview of Popular Music Production

An overview of popular music production

Before getting to grips with the detail of the music industries it is helpful to look at the big picture; to try to establish a sense of how these industries are organised. This is best understood by working through the answers to some basic questions:

  • What are the music industries’ main characteristics?
  • What sorts of arguments are made about the institutions in these industries?
  • What factors lead to this form of organisation?

The Dominant Organisation of Music Production and its Critics

Probably the most significant fact about the production and distribution of recorded music is that the vast majority of it is produced by a very small number of companies. By most estimates, between 70 and 80 ...

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