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DIGC 335 – Music Technology Post 2


I’ve found a lot more direction and done a lot more research since my last blog post. Initially I was pretty keen to look at how musician’s can succeed in the modern world, independent of a record label although this is a difficult topic because in the modern industry there are blurred lines as to whether a musician is truly independent or not and many larger artists eventually need a record label, even just to help manage their workflow. In short, record labels do still hold power within the industry although diminished. (La Rocca, 2014)

My main focus is looking at how technology has enabled modern musicians, specifically the internet as well as music software/ (such as DAW’s) hardware (such as samplers).

The internet has given musicians an unprecedented ability to network with other musicians and have an organic reach to a varying fan base. (Baym, 2010) Although, in recent…

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The Rise of Independent Musicians


For my research and artefact projects I am going to investigate how the internet has empowered musicians. While I may also investigate how artists such as photographers also utilise the internet, at this point in my planning, musicians are perfect examples of the rapid expansion of the internet and it’s benefits. The music industry, previously controlled and dominated by record labels, music programs and few artists is now highly accessible by independent artists, covered by a wide range of media and has an extremely saturated market in terms of the range of artists.                   While there are more artists I want to explote, two in particular are Flume and Ta-Ku who both garnered their fame largely through the internet.

From my preliminary research I’ve found several papers relating to the changing industry specifically and I believe I’ll be able to find a…

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