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HUM/176: Week 5 Overview

The Impact of Audio Entertainment: Music and Radio

Beth Bosley

on 17 April 2014

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Transcript of HUM/176: Week 5 Overview

Week 5:
The Impact of Audio Entertainment - Music and Radio
Pop Music
Popular music has been a driving social force for centuries. This week, we will look back at that influence and how music and its effect on culture have evolved. Then, we will explore how music has influenced culture and vice versa.

Lule (2012) defines popular music as "any genre of music that appeals to a wide audience or subculture" (p. 364). While Edison's phonograph made widespread popular music possible, the concept existed long before.
Music Technology
Issues in Music
Click once on
the note
to hear the
guitar playing
This week's assignment is a PowerPoint presentation about developments in music and radio.

PowerPoint is relatively easy to learn and use. Be sure to look over the Sample Presentation and the PowerPoint tips in the syllabus. Please do not hesitate to ask questions - the PowerPoint is meant to be an fun alternative to essay writing, not a source of stress.
Music distribution was aided by a series of technological advances, some of them surprising.

vinyl records
reel-to-reel recorder
eight-track and cassette tapes
digital music
The arrival of television and the Internet allowed consumers to watch their favorite performers on the small screen. They also provided more avenues for easy, often free, access to music. The Internet also provided a means for artists to find success outside of major labels.
Music in the Digital Age
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Hear us, like us, support us
A variety of issues have developed in the music industry over the years. Many of those issues revolve around maximizing profits.
sexual and violent content
Figure 1
. 4 Major labels control 85% of the US music industry. Source: Nielsen, republished by Lule (2012).
Labels: Major vs. Indie
Like many other forms of media, major labels control a significant portion of the music industry. Through the power of economics and lobbying, the music industry also helps set the tone of copyright laws and anti-piracy initiatives.
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