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Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age

voyager 16 Nov 10 - 09:31 PM
Phil Cooper 16 Nov 10 - 10:17 PM
Nobodys bard 17 Nov 10 - 05:51 AM
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Brian May 17 Nov 10 - 07:43 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age
From: voyager
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 09:31 PM

Question for the Mudcat -

How has Folk Music changed in the Internet age? This question arises from the simple response - Just Ask Wikipedia....

Folk Music - Wikipedia

Cheers

voyager
Denver, Colorado


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 10:17 PM

Still, no one seems to know what it is. I have my opinions about what folk is or isn't. I like being able to watch various folk performers on the internet. It's a tool, like a lot of other media. You have to take it for what it is.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age
From: Nobodys bard
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 05:51 AM

My definition of folk music is music that is made for the sheer joy of making it - with no thought of reward or commercial gain. These days there are literally thousands of people making & posting music up on the net but perhaps 90% of them seem to want to sell their music in one way or another. Everyone seems to be "working on their new album" - I think this is a shame. Virtually anybody can make music - that's what makes it so wonderful - however many people seem to think that because they can string together a few chords they deserve to be paid for it.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age
From: Nobodys bard
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 06:01 AM

I forgot to add : If you want to hear my new album you can find it here : ..... (only kidding!)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age
From: C-flat
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 07:36 AM

Traditional Folk music hasn't changed, it's roots are traditional and, as such, remain in the age they were created.
The way all modern folk music is shared and saved is a different matter.
It's going to be a lot easier to have a discussion about the music of the 20th century in 100 or 200 years time because it's all still going to be accessible, for better or worse!
Resources like Mudcat are great because they harvest from a huge catchment of people interested to preserve and share musical knowledge that otherwise might be lost, and here on the internet they'll remain for future generations to argue about "What IS Folk Music?"


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age
From: Brian May
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 07:43 AM

I find it utterly fascinating that you can not only 'talk' to people from all over the world (literally), but lyrics, music or whatever is freely available.

When I was a young chap playing (over 40 years ago), it was down to what you could get on (what is now) 'vinyl' or what you heard in a club. It was much more parochial than it is now.

All in all I think it's a colossal plus - then add the YouTube angle where you can watch, listen and learn. Fantastic.

I reckon folk music is anything you want it to be - it's elastic.

Have fun.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music in the Internet Age
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 08:03 AM

One way I've noticed that it has changed. Used to be you hear a song you fancied doing, it could take some time to find the lyrics and/or chords. Now at our club I notice someone does a new/unknown song, by the following week myself or others will have found it on line and learnt it. And repertoires are inceasing much faster due to the availability of songs, lyrics and versions on line. A drawback maybe is some songs get over perforned e.g lately every Tom Dick and Harry seem to be doing Dylan's Feel My Love, most pretty poorly!


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