music globalization

Music Globalization

By Craig Goudge
In January 8, 2018

I’ve always been interested in the idea of globalization. How the whole world is connected and more exposed to each other than ever before. I’d like to try starting a discussion on the effect this has on music worldwide: Positive and negative. The Internet has given the world access to anything they want. The Internet has given people the ability to give the whole world access to, in this specific case, music.

Positive Globalization

The positive attributes are clear: a much larger audience with easier access to your music/merch. Organizing tours all around the world and connecting with other bands and artists has never been this easy. This all allows musicians a chance to make a living from their career. Sharing music with people from all over the planet. We all have access to the latest music videos and latest hot tracks.

Negative Globalization

Now for the negative aspects: Breaking down these boundaries and having one global platform sets a ‘standard’ that most of the planet will undoubtedly replicate. All the ‘successful’ bands and artists tend to be from the popular culture, and the mass majorities of people listen to and are exposed to whatever is trending. The Internet blurs the lines between borders, and this is how we have heavy metal in Africa, pop music in Japan, rock and roll in India. This can be seen as both a good and bad thing for music all over the world. The positive side is the global music scene we all have access to. The fact that people can learn to the extent that is possible creates monster musicians who push boundaries in their crafts. The negative side is we are slowly killing off traditional music. I mean traditional in the sense of being indigenous to a specific reason, untouched by outside forces. We all know it still exists and it is being kept alive by a small percentage of people, but sooner or later it will be history.



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* Plays for the heavy underground band Pestroy * Graduated in top 3 @ Campus Of Performing Arts * Has been gigging for 5 years * He is best air guitar player at Guitar Excellence * Has 3 years teaching experience * Has mastered an ancient form of power stance – “The Crab” * Likes dune surfing

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