Musical Genres And The Musical Genre

1116 WordsApr 8, 20165 Pages
Exploring how genre is constructed, negotiated, maintained and defined. Musical genres are agreed by theorists to be very fluid categories. This hypothetical statement has been proven again and again as time has passed. What was the same rock in 1980 is not close to what is rock today. Because genre is always developing, the questions begin with who controls the reasoning behind genre. Exploring the purpose of genre, this paper will identify how genre has been constructed and defined. It will explore how promotors negotiate genre in order to maintain a consumer market. This questioning gives answers to whether musical categorizing is defined primarily by sociological definition or musical. Genre is constructed from ideas, contexts and assumptions about an artist. Qirko argues that genre is is constructed sociologically as it “constantly undergoes revision as producers and consumers select the roots that best reflect their needs at given time” ( Qirko, 2013). Audiences authenticate music through their own criteria to form and establish group identities. Because of this, Qirko identifies genre as an interpretation and translation of whatever the consumer wants it to be. Frith’s idea’s of the construction of genre comes in relation to the record companie’s ‘fantasy consumer.’ This idealization of a listener targeted directly by a genre assumes a “manageable relationship between musical label and consumer(Frith, 1996). This means record copanies generate more of musical
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