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zabawne obrazki

DIY now! Future is ours :-) Cheers

Irene Taipale

DIY is making a big role in music in coming future and no doubt about it.In Finland country many of people love to create music and most of the use to do podcasting.In fact i use to make a music also and i buy all my first dj equipment in part of Helsinki which i select all the good quality to create a good mix of music.

Geluidstechniek

Like Irene is already stating DIY in music is important for the future. I only fear the thousands of people who can not judge their equipment properly.

josh

Super fun to read. I wonder what would be punk rock now? What can you do that "Isn't allowed" now, and how is not allowing it, I wonder? Now that the means of production, distribution and promotion are pretty much in the artist's hands, is there anything left to fight against?

Not to say you need to fight against something, but it is an essential part of that indie / punk spirit..

And fighting for/against something does help motivate a legion of fans on the same page as an artist fighting for/against something, who feel there needs to be a change. So what can we fight against these days? I'm intrigued by this question. A few ideas:

- The growing tidal wave of similar music being put out into the world that is (maybe) drowning out the truly unique stuff
- The super rich 1% who own more than 40% of the wealth in America (although it's hard to write genuinely good movement with a genuinely motivating social message)

Glad I found your site!

Michael Azerrad

Those are great questions, Josh. One thing to rebel against is the rising tide of aggression, stupidity and ignorance that is engulfing every aspect of our culture. So you can make a statement against that by making music that is peaceful and smart. I wrote a post about that here: http://michaelazerrad.typepad.com/you_and_what_army/2010/02/npr-rock.html

At one point, "NPR rock" dominated indie. But naturally, music goes in pendulum swings, and now louder, more abrasive music is inevitably becoming fashionable. (See: the Men, Metz, Ty Segall, Iceage, Trash Talk, et al.) One could argue that this new, more aggressive music is a metaphor for being galvanized against the myriad new outrages of the modern world. Or, as catharsis, it could just serve to siphon off dissent.

One thing music can rebel against is its own co-optation. And by extension, the co-optation and corporatization, of seemingly every aspect of public and even private life. Even indie rock, which many people think of as underground, is actually heavily co-opted by the corporate world. Just look at SXSW: last year, very high-profile bands played inside a six-storey-high Doritos vending machine. And there is music being made and scenes being built which just can't be bought off by the Man.

But yeah, that's a great question. Rock music used to at least claim to rebel against things. And it did, at first: mixing the races onstage and off, and within the music itself. That was pretty rebellious. Then rock embodied and emboldened the sexual revolution and the peace movement. After that, except for punk and disco, it wasn't really that rebellious.

Don't get me wrong, most of my favorite rock music was made well after the '60s. But, especially lately, rock hasn't placed a premium on being rebellious.

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