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Berättelser om skapandeprocesser inom populärmusiken
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2014 (Swedish)In: Bilder från musikskapandets vardag: mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik / [ed] Alf Arvidsson, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2014, 63-89 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Stories about creative processes in popular music

There are many threads in these stories about music making, of how musicians articulate the process behind the tunes. The chapter is based on two different kinds of material (four in depth interviews with semi professional musicians and an analysis of interviews in the Swedish music magazine Sonic). One frequent theme in these narratives is how the music business, in a multitude of ways, is considered as problematic as regards to artistic freedom and creativity. It is for instance considered being difficult to be truly creative whilst experiencing time pressure, or when dealing with expectations from record companies or music journalists. Different sources of inspiration are portrayed as essential in order to create new material: music, film and public debate are a frequently mentioned. It is regarded as important to have extended knowledge of music (history), but not be hindered by genre conventions. By analysing these stories, one emerging idea is that the best new music tends to exist in the perfect intersection between fragments and ideas found in other people's music and the unique, highly individual, impression. The importance or longing for authenticity is stressed time and time again. Many want their music, and not least their lyrical content, to be a reflection of their real, true selves: their personal history, experiences and emotions. The interviews of Sonic clearly resonate how authenticity, with its different manifestations, is perceived as something desirable, or as a matter of course. The texts often circulate around the background of the musician, for instance the place of birth – as if trying to find the roots of the lyrics and tunes. In this "alternative" context, authenticity is often seen as something that qualifies good, meaningful music. This discourse about authenticity, origin and artistic integrity is also clearly visible in the in-depth interviews, and musicians quite often say that they in their music want to contribute with something new and original.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2014. 63-89 p.
Etnologiska skrifter, ISSN 1103-6516 ; 59
Keyword [sv]
musikskapande, kreativitet, förebilder
National Category
Ethnology Musicology
Research subject
Ethnology; Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98675ISBN: 9789176011904OAI: diva2:783463
Musikskapandets villkor - mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2015-10-28Bibliographically approved

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