Popular Music Pub Date : 2021-03-19 , DOI: 10.1017/s026114302000046x Pat O'Grady
Recent popular music and film studies have revealed the political functions of documentaries about musicians. These studies suggest that such documentaries make powerful interventions into the field of music production as they construct the value of their subjects and their work. Owing to the expense and complexity of broadcast equipment, production companies have tended to favour documentaries about artists and work considered to be popular and historically significant. Over the past 15 years, however, new technologies have allowed musicians to make documentaries themselves, which they can release at the same time as their song or album. Using the example of Gotye and his album Making Mirrors, this article argues that these developments have led to powerful and distinct interventions into debates and themes within home music production for independent musicians. It also argues that the use of this technology on social media platforms challenges the relationships between text and process.
最近的流行音乐和电影研究已经揭示了关于音乐家的纪录片的政治功能。这些研究表明，这些纪录片在建构主题和作品的价值时，对音乐制作领域进行了有力的干预。由于广播设备的昂贵和复杂性，制作公司倾向于青睐有关艺术家和作品的纪录片，这些纪录片被认为很受欢迎且具有历史意义。但是，在过去的15年中，新技术使音乐家可以自己制作纪录片，他们可以在与歌曲或专辑同时发行这些纪录片。以Gotye和他的专辑《 Makeing Mirrors》为例，本文认为，这些发展已导致针对独立音乐家的家庭音乐制作中的辩论和主题进行了强有力而独特的干预。它还认为，在社交媒体平台上使用此技术会挑战文本和流程之间的关系。