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Web series, assertive music, and African-American women producers
Transcript of Web series, assertive music, and African-American women producers
"You mean I can make a tv show?":
Web series, assertive music, and
African-American women producers
Defining Web Series ?
Standard genres--comedy, childrens, docu- mentary, drama, how-to, musical, mystery, scifi, teen/youth, and new genres arising all the time
Massively different economic backing
series that accompany broadcast TV projects, eg Dexter and Dexter Early Cuts
Well backed original web series, eg Web Therapy: http://www.sho.com/sho/web-therapy/season/1/episode/1#/index
"We can use my father's barn!" projects, eg
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager,
and probably most series
New content providers, e.g. series produced and streamed by NetFlix
Little objects of digital media
Digital media objects such as
so-called casual games
smartphone apps, and
that seem small and yet occupy large amounts
issa rae Productions
founded to support women and minority writers
(from whom BET has picked up
); downloadable mixed tapes on Bandcamp;
: on tasteless and overly explicit music videos
: story of an underfunded choir in a church facing real challenges.
Institute for Musical Research
Royal Holloway, University of London
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For our purposes today, web series:
appear only on video uploading sites, eg YouTube;
are 2-20 minutes long, with rare exceptions; and
I have also chosen to discuss series created by African- American women, because I think that, more often than many other series, their work shows real changes to the dominant Hollywood model of scoring.
Channels and Networks
issa rae Productions
Music in Black& Sexy TV productions
Network has a Bandcamp microsite with free downloadable mix tapes from their series
Series use independent, unsigned artists, and artists get screen time at the end of each episode
of music and sounds
The record scratch:
Some other web series to check out:
An African City (Ghana)
Chad Vader, Day Shift Manager
Convos with my 2 year old
Dexter Early Cuts
Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Long Story Short
Lesbian Matchmaker to the Straights
Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
My Drunk Kitchen
PBS Idea Channel
Prank vs Prank
Red v Blue
Smart Girls (Cambodia)
Pride and Prejudice
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
The Lydia Bennet Diaries
Maria of the Lu
Collins and Collins
Lizzie Bennet’s Tumblr,
Theme Music Only
In some cases, there is so little time that music simply doesn't make sense at all.
and many more...
"Necessity is the mother of invention" - need to bypass licensing costs brings creativity
New forms make new aesthetic choices come to the fore: brevity renders some traditional strategies pointless
Listening undergoes changes as these new forms evolve.