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The "Genrefication" of Music is a curse!

Discussion in 'Graveyard' started by Old Dude, Jan 22, 2018.

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  1. Aero

    Aero Senior Member

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    The only thing that bothers me about the classification of music is these lazy labels people have invented like "alternative rock" and "college rock."

    That "alt" tag especially annoys me as I've heard it used not just for rock but also country. A talented band like The Jayhawks get put under the "alt-country" label because they are a little bit country, pop, and rock....but not enough of anyone genre to fall directly under that label.

    I can see the OP arguing that this is why we don't need labels but I would say we just need better labels in cases like this.

    The alt tag has become such a crutch that it's carried over into politics too with the "alt right" movement. It's another example of how lazy we are as a society that we cannot come up with a unique label for something and default to the handy "alt" tag instead.
     
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    Well stated!

    It's all about choice in a changing market.
     
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    Old Dude I do not suffer fools gladly.

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    No effect?!?! Haven't you been following this thread? To enjoy music, you must have access to it. If the gatekeepers who control the distribution of recorded music, and the controllers of live music venues restrict your access to certain music because the music or artist was imprisoned in some arbitrary category, how can you enjoy that music?
     
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    Old Dude I do not suffer fools gladly.

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    And what about the suits restricting your choices based on "research" on arbitrary genre classification?
     
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    Show me the research.
     
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    I have access to all the music I can eat. Where exactly am I being restricted?

    I have a sneaking suspicion your arguments are outdated.
     
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    Old Dude I do not suffer fools gladly.

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    Marketing research data is proprietary and expensive.
     
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    Old Dude I do not suffer fools gladly.

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    If you only care about quantity, and quality means nothing to you, then I can see why you are content with the status quo.
     
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    On the contrary, my taste in music is impeccable! :D

    P.S. I'm not overly keen on Status Quo.
     
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