I still struggle from time to time trying to determine what exactly constitutes as “experimental music.” Is it music that just sounds “weird?” Is it music that has odd time signatures or use of instruments in unconventional ways? None of these descriptions are very accurate in trying to determine true experimentation. I think what constitutes experimental music is any music that physically and intellectually challenges the listener to reconsider what they would initially define as music itself. The concept of infinite music is one of the milder forms of experimental music.
With all of the same old, recycled material that mainstream radio stations just love to play – to the point of unbearable suffering – people might start to wonder if pop music exists simply to annoy us. According to the Austin music scene, however, it doesn’t. In fact, pop music exists to be actively enjoyed, to be discussed, and to have a good time. Out of the many of the local groups that can attest to this statement, one indie-electronic trio, The Digital Wild, have shown us that it is completely possible to create music that’s full of life, and void of the vapid clichés that typical pop music espouses.
In the music industry, YouTube has notoriously been known as a harsh competitor of music distribution companies, and the artists themselves. It is an accepted belief that this free video streaming platform has reduced album sales and given people less of an incentive to actually purchase music. People have painted Youtube as a greedy middleman that takes content it had no part in generating and making money by distributing it. We are quick to form this one-sided opinion about the user-generated video platform, but if we take a step back, we may see that YouTube can be a surprisingly beneficial resource for artists and distributing companies if marketing is used efficiently.
With over 50 million subscribers, Spotify is the most popular music streaming platforms. But although Spotify has a massive listening base, it has also struggled to make a profit. To turn things around, Spotify has […]
For those who don’t necessarily buy into the sensation of collecting records and maintaining a record player setup – because owning CDs and MP3s is just so much easier – I understand your thinking. There’s […]
It’s no secret that social media plays an important (perhaps the most important) role in modern day music discovery on the internet. Nowadays, it seems a song’s success isn’t measured by how many people simply listen to the track, but by how much traction it gets on social media. When a song makes its way to a number of humorous Instagram videos, memes and Snapchat stories, you know it’s a golden beat.
Why do people buy records? Is it for the all the inconvenience of buying an audio setup, and the expense of always having to shell out $20 to $40 for each record? No. It’s for the general sentiment that […]
I think we can all agree that there is something incredibly authentic about a good rock ‘n’ roll anthem. Lucky for us, Austin’s music scene is drenched with talented musicians creating epic rock tunes and spicing ATX one track at a time. Four-piece blues-rock band Gasoline Boots is a strong example–the band carries such vivacious energy that makes it hard not to passionately vibe along with them.
I love nostalgia. I live for nostalgia. The comforting feeling it provides, the great memories it brings up – nostalgia is a powerful feeling. Listening to Indoor Creature’s latest release, Windows, gives me these feelings of intense nostalgia that I love, feelings that are such a consuming experience, that it’s hard to find many faults. The breezy electronic instruments and ethereal smoothness remind me of beaches, hot summer days and youthful romance.There are many albums that provide the perfect musical setting for driving down the coast of California in a classic American convertible, or stargazing on humid August nights — and Windows fits right into this list of albums.
Startups are one of the best ways communities can put tech, entrepreneurship, and art together to create something that will help local musicians. Today, many musicians struggle to make money on the road, or even in […]