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How does music affect your perception of your identity? (Gracie and Daniela's IBL)

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Transcript of How does music affect your perception of your identity? (Gracie and Daniela's IBL)

By Gracie Britton and Daniela Sassano
How does music affect your perception of your identity?
Beginnings
Stereotypes Associated with Musical Genres
Definitions
Survey
Conclusion- stereotypes
Interviews
Our Conclusion....
In our opinion, everyone in the world loves music. There are so many genres that there truly is something for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your personality or culture is. Daniela and I are both big music fans, but we like very different genres. This difference in preference led us to want to investigate different peoples music tastes and how it affects their personality and identity. We also investigated the stereotypes associated with different music genres. To compete this research we used the Internet, our own knowledge, and we set up surveys and interviewed various people in the music industry.
Throughout our lives and through our time on the Internet, we have found that different musical genres are often associated with certain stereotypes. Using our own knowledge and our research we compiled a list of these stereotypes which we decided to further investigate
We used the Urban Dictionary to find definitions of these stereotypes.
We narrowed down our list of questions to five:
- Does your music taste affect your personality?
- Have you ever been stereotyped according to your music taste?
- Have you ever been treated differently because of your music taste?
- Do you dress in a way that reflects upon your music taste?
- Do your friends have a similar music taste to you?
We posed these questions to year 7, 8, and 9 students at our school as well as to an Internet group.
We wanted to interview some people in the music industry to get their perspective on musical stereotypes. We sent out many tweets and emails to various people until we got three people to answer out questions- Linda Marigliano, triple j radio presenter, Tyla Bertolli, X Factor finalist 2011 and Alex, member of the Perth indie band 'Braves.'
Over the past term Gracie and I have loved completing out IBL project. In response to our original question, we decided that music has a huge influence on people, but in different ways. The people who are most impacted by it are probably the most passionate about it- these people often go into the music industry, as we saw with the three people we interviewed. However, we now know that a large majority of people do not completely base their personality on their music taste- they also base it around their friends, fashion sense, family and other important factors in their lives. While there are many people in the world to whom music is the most important thing, we have decided that this is not the case for everyone. We have highly enjoyed completing this project together and we are both grateful for the opportunity.
- The 'hipster' or 'indie'
-'Emo', 'goth' and 'punk'
- The 'hippie'
- The 'poser'
- The 'prep'
- The 'teeny bopper'
The 'Hipster'
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities.
Indie
an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.
The anti-"emo". (well, maybe like emo's second cousin twice-removed with more talent, skill, and IQ)
'A gloriously vague term for independent music'
Examples of 'Indie' Musicians
- Alabama Shakes
- Arcade Fire
- Band of Skulls
- the Black Keys
- Bloc Party
- Bon Iver
- Neko Case
- Coldplay
- Franz Ferdinand
- Fun
- Florence + The Machine
- Gotye
- the Killers
- Kings of Leon
- Mumford and Sons
- Of Monsters and Men
- Radiohead
- San Cisco
- Elliott Smith
- the Smiths
- Tame Impala
- the Temper Trap
- Two Door Cinema Club
- the White Stripes
- Weezer
- The xx
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Emo
Genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who dont smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarfs (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.
Goth
Someone who likes the darker side of things. They usually listen to death metal and goth music, such as Dismember and Bauhaus. Marilyn Manson is NOT goth. He's just...weird. Real goths are not depressing and suicidal like the posers you see at Hot Topic. Goths are fun to be around and aren't afraid to laugh at themselves every so often. They don't worship Satan and aren't evil despite what some ignorant people might say. Goths don't all dress alike either. They like to create their own unique style. Goths are also very intelligent and creative. A lot of them are writers and artists. Goths DON'T envy the popular people. They are what they are because it makes them happy. Goths would rather stay who they are and be among the so called "freaks" than be like everyone else and be popular. They understand that there are more important things in life than popularity, and usually succeed in life while the popular ones don't become much of anything.
If someone becomes "goth" because they couldn't get any friends or are depressed and angry all the time, they are most likely a poser.
Punk
"A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?'. So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!'. So he kicks over the garbage can and says 'That's Punk?', and I say 'No that's trendy! ~Billie Joe Armstrong
PUNK= PEOPLE UNDER NEW KNOWLEDGE
People who respect people who respect them. The fight for there own rights. They have great pride. They prevent chaos.
PUNK IS: the personal expression of uniqueness that comes from the experiences of growing up in touch with our human ability to reason and ask questions.
PUNK IS: a movement that serves to refute social attitudes that have been perpetuated through willful ignorance of human nature.
PUNK IS: a process of questioning and commitment to understanding that results in self-progress, and through repetition, flowers into social evolution.
PUNK IS: a belief that this world is what we make of it, truth comes from our understanding of the way things are, not from the blind adherence to prescriptions about the way things should be.
PUNK IS: the constant struggle against fear of social repercussions.
Hippie
One who embraces life to the fullest. Promotes peace, love and happiness, but sure as hell sticks up for what they believe in. Anyone can be a hippie, not just that dirty dread-locked tie-dyed pothead with the dead shirt on. HIPPIES ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!!
One who looks upon all of these negative definitions and shakes his head thinking how sad it must be to no longer have the ability to dream of a world that we were all taught to strive for as children. One who loves everyone without prejudice.
Poser
Any one who does not follow his/her own ideas of what he/she likes. Following no one set norm makes you real and following no one set norm makes you poser. Poser is governed not by the clothes, music, or makeup you wear, but rather by the state of your mind and the conformity to your own beliefs.
Prep
Noun (Prep): Comes from identifiying one who goes to a prepratory or "prep" school (typically on the East Coast), or a school with the intent of preparing its students for college (often Ivy League).
Has come to be an label for those who conform to typical teenage behavior, in areas like clothing, school behavior, and sports participation, because preps usually are more ambitious and/or image-conscious than others.
Popular belief is that preps hate nerds/goths/punks/etc, however, generally, preps pay little attention to other "types," and those who hate preps with the most passion are those who were once preps and have recently gone away from their previous behavior, and often people who are posers intent on protecting their alternative-ness.
Prep has become to be nearly synonymous with conformist, to the point where most preps have been in denial of their typecast, and it is seen as an insult in the eyes of many.
Preppy is the adjective form, Preppily is the adverb.
Teeny Bopper
An odd species of human that displays the following traits...
-Fond of MTV, Good Charlotte, the like.
-Plumage usually black with hot pink mixed in, markings usually in the form of the words "Punk Princess."
-Natural watering hole is a chatroom, where they use their mating call, which sounds like this. "LOL!!!111!Z liek aslz!143e12!!!"
In summary, we decided that the 'hipster' was like a modern day hippie- people who believed in independent thinking and being individual (not fitting into the mainstream.) 'Indie' is a term used for the music the 'hipsters' listen to. 'Goth,' 'emo,' and 'punk' were similar to this- these three stereotypes also value being an individual, but in a slightly darker way. To be a hippie is to be accepting and loving of all. A poser is basically the opposite of the 'hipster'- not sure of their place, they aim to fit in with everyone. A 'prep' is similar to this, the definitions suggested that a 'prep' would also try to conform with society. Last but not least, the 'teeny bopper' is basically a term describing what would happen if all the annoying things in the world were rolled up into a bundle.
In conclusion to the definitions we found, we decided that all of the stereotypes listed were lifestyles except for 'indie', which we now consider the music associated with 'hipsters.' We also decided ourselves that these stereotypes must have come from somewhere- although some of them aren't pleasant, the ideas portrayed in them must have come from somewhere. At the same time, we also decided that while some people fit in with some aspects of these stereotypes, there must be very few people in the world who fit in with them completely. From here, we decided to compile a list of questions to ask people to see if they themselves thought they either belonged in one of these stereotypes, or if they thought the people around them did.
Results from our questions (School Group)
We didn't ask as many year nines as we did the other year levels, however we did find that many less year nines considered their music taste to be a strong factor in their personality as opposed to years seven and eight.
The results from this graph showed us that most people's friends have similar music taste to them
Does your music taste affect your personality?
Do your friends have similar music taste to you?
Have you ever been stereotyped according to your music taste?
Our results showed us that within our school group most people did not think they had ever been stereotyped because of their music taste.
Have you ever been treated differently because of your music taste?
This graph showed us that while most people at our school didn't think they were treated differently because of their music taste, almost 50% of year sevens thought they had been.
Do you dress in a way that reflects upon your music taste?
From this graph we discovered that most people from years eight and nine don't dress in a way that displays the music taste they like.
We then compared the results from our school surveys to our internet ones....
Does your music taste reflect upon your personality?
And from these graphs we found that people from our internet group considered music to be a more influential part of their life compared to our school group.
Linda Marigliano
Tyla Bertolli
Alex (Member of 'Braves')
Linda, in her interview, classified herself as a 'music nerd'. As someone exposed to many different types of music, she can't pick her favourite genre, although she says she likes rock, rap, disco, electronica, RnB, as well as some classical too! Despite her huge passion for music, which later inspired her to get a job in the music industry, she wouldn't say Her opinion on stereotypes is that they are far too over exaggerated by the media. She believes that the media does this to use as a 'scare tactic' to people who don't know what actually happens within a certain music scene, such as the 'goth' music scene.
Gracie and I both decided to interview Tyla because as an individual musician and artist we felt she would be an interesting person to interview. As a whole Tyla covered that her perception of her identity is evident in the music that she creates and the genres that she listens to. The music she listens to and creates impacts her dress sense and her style which is fun cheeky and classy. Tyla doesn't categorise herself into any stereotype because she likes wide variety of music and doesn’t feel she fits into any category. Music has a very impact on Tylas identity and she feels that her identity is carried out in her music taste.
Alex was perhaps one of the most interesting interviews received. He himself has said to be a victim of musical stereotyping. He shared a life story with us- while in high school, a friend saw him listening to a band which he considered ‘emo.’ Alex went on to tell us that he was ashamed and took the artist of his iPod. He also told us about how his interest in indie music, his favourite genre came through his love of video games. Finally, he said that he thinks music has had a huge influence on who he has become.
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