Is it still indie?

    According to Hesmondhalgh the relationship between the institution and the aesthetic in indie is the way that the institution lets the musician do what they want. They let the musician explore more compared to mainstream music. Yet, this usually only happens if the label isn’t under a bigger label company. Since, the bigger company will most likely want to focus on the music that will lead to bigger profit. Causing the musician to change its music sound to something more familiar. 

 

   This relationship, between the music and the institution, compared to the relationship that the film industry and production institution have is fairly similar in the sense that they both stay away form what is mainstream. They let the artist explore and usually try to send a message to the audience. Both try to build a reputation causing them to only focus on projects that revolve around their “theme/ type of indie genre”.

 

    Another similarity is the way that in both institutions of music and film, the independent industries get bought out by bigger companies in order to get more money to produce more and have a wider range in reaching  out to the public. Although they do get bough out they still try to keep their reputation. Some examples of this are Miramax which was bought by Disney for the film industry and Creation which was bought out by Sony. With being under their wing the indie industries are able to go on beyond borders to promote their creations in other countries. 

   

   We tend to categorize indie movies by their aesthetics more than anything.  Yet, indie, music, is now, “…generally used to describe a set of sounds and an attitude, rather than an aesthetic and institutional position.”

 

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2 thoughts on “Is it still indie?

  1. Do you feel that the musician may still feel pressure to do what the record label wants based on the resources distributed to them and the recording studio they are working with. Because exploring your artistic side is what they definitely want to do but it isn’t what keeps artist signed and moving up the ladder to work in the better studios and with better producers.

  2. I agree that there are multiple similarities between independent music and independent film which you clearly identified in your blog post. I also think it is true that creative wise independent music is similar to independent film because they are both able to try new things and do what they want without having to deal with all the censorship like regular movies deal with. However, isn’t it true that musicians in general get to explore the type of music they want? They get to be creative with the lyrics and the different rhythms.

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