Research Round 2 – Giulia Bianchi

How does music effect us psychologically, and why do some producers get more recognition than others?

So, in the last round we looked at how the music effects us psychologically, and a brief message as to how producers get recognition. Now, I’d like to start branching off from those topics, in ways that still relate to the main question. I’m going to go off two questions, one being from a previous comment. Do the effects of music differ through headphones or live performance? What are the differences between mainstream and underground artists? The first question will be more towards the psychological side of the main question, while the second one is more on how producers get their recognition.

In this section, we’re going to cover live vs recorded music. Recorded music is basically what we hear on our phones, etc. It is strung together from different takes of the same song, in order to make the perfect version of it. Obviously, this would mean there was a bunch of edits, autotune (or just fixing pitch), additional sounds, etc. Live music on the other hand, is a one time deal (sometimes twice, but you get the point). There is no editing, besides changing settings on a mic, guitar, other instruments. So, what’s the big deal between the two? Well, the majority is going to say recorded music is better. Most would say it’s due to having control over the volume, no tickets required and having the ability to replay songs over and over again. I’m not gonna lie. I went to an NF concert on October 3rd, and I loved it, but it was a bit…harsh? We were right next to the speakers, so it was a bit hard to even hear the artist over the loud speakers. The stage wasn’t even in that big of a building, so they could’ve reconsidered the volume choice. I could literally feel the bass on my chest, while the vocals were a bit drowned out. It really depends on the genre that the artist is, because going to a rock/rap concert is going to be greatly different than going to a pop concert. Recorded music has more control, but live concerts tend to emit more excitement and motivation. Maybe this issue could be resolved somehow in the future? (1) https://www.cnet.com/news/recorded-and-live-music-are-even-more-different-than-you-think/ (3) https://raisingcainband.com/live-music-vs-recorded-music-its-a-no-brainer/

Now lets move on to underground and mainstream artists. Mainstream is a bit self explanatory, it being what’s put in front of us from the moment we: open Spotify, turn on the radio, YouTube trending, etc. But what about underground artists? Underground artists (mostly rappers) are those who are working under their own label/lower in demand ones. Record labels are what makes the current music these days have no variety. They put certain rules that the artist has to go by, not allowing them to be very creative or have much freedom. They take control of the music industry. It’s definitely not impossible for these underground artists to make it big though. An excellent example is Linkin Park, formerly known as Hybrid Theory. They made massive success, and they probably still would be if a certain tragedy hadn’t struck the band as a whole. If the music industry keeps lacking in the variety of music, then it’s not going to advance well in the future. This is why mumble rappers need to be drowned out by those who have actual talent, rather than what the current trend is. Trends only last so long, before they’re replaced or finished. (2) https://thestatetimes.com/2013/12/11/underground-vs-mainstream-music/

Sources:

  1. https://thestatetimes.com/2013/12/11/underground-vs-mainstream-music/
  2. https://www.cnet.com/news/recorded-and-live-music-are-even-more-different-than-you-think/
  3. https://raisingcainband.com/live-music-vs-recorded-music-its-a-no-brainer/

5 Replies to “Research Round 2 – Giulia Bianchi”

  1. Hello again Giulia.

    I’ve got to say that I don’t understand how your question relates to how music affects people PSYCHOLOGICALLY. The question of concerts vs recorded music makes sense for your question if you had explained how both of them affect people PSYCHOLOGICALLY.

    Some hopefully helpful links
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02682/full

    https://www.jstor.org/stable/431260?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

    Good luck!

    • Hey, Shieva

      Perhaps I may have worded it poorly, but I did try to make it a point that this was more on the production side of my question. However, I am struggling to find good ways of wording my posts, so this comment is actually helpful in that sense. I didn’t go into much depth with psychological formatting since in my last round that was the main focus.

  2. Hello Giulia! I really liked your post. you seem genuinely interested in your topic and I hope you’re enjoying it! I apologize if I repeat other comments but maybe you could ask some questions like… What genres of music are most influential to our psychology? or you also talked about live vs. recorded music so maybe you can talk more about how your psychology is influenced depending on how often you listen to that type of music. I would also advise you to look at some different points of view. You mention in your post that “Record labels are what makes the current music these days have no variety” and “They put certain rules that the artist has to go by, not allowing them to be very creative or have much freedom.” I’m not sure if this is how you feel or if this is something you got from a website but I would consider looking at multiple sites first so that you make sure it’s not a one sided argument. You could look at are there any benefits for the artists that do have record labels? I hope this helps 🙂

    some websites that may come in handy…

    https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/certain-types-of-music-can-help-lower-anxiety-1101111

    https://www.connollymusic.com/stringovation/different-genres-of-music-affect-your-mood

  3. Hello Giulia! I really liked your post. you seem genuinely interested in your topic and I hope you’re enjoying it! I apologize if I repeat other comments but maybe you could ask some questions like… What genres of music are most influential to our psychology? or you also talked about live vs. recorded music so maybe you can talk more about how your psychology is influenced depending on how often you listen to that type of music. I would also advise you to look at some different points of view. You mention in your post that “Record labels are what makes the current music these days have no variety” and “They put certain rules that the artist has to go by, not allowing them to be very creative or have much freedom.” I’m not sure if this is how you feel or if this is something you got from a website but I would consider looking at multiple sites first so that you make sure it’s not a one sided argument. You could look at are there any benefits for the artists that do have record labels? I hope this helps 🙂

    some websites that may come in handy…

    https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/certain-types-of-music-can-help-lower-anxiety-1101111

    https://www.connollymusic.com/stringovation/different-genres-of-music-affect-your-mood

    • Hey, Cynthia
      Thanks for the suggestions. The record labels were researched, however I also took word from a couple of artists and their experiences with record labels.

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