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DIY musicology: Rethinking the musicological concept
Researching Music, Technology & Education (2010)
  • Paul G. Oliver, University of Bolton

Due to the technologisation of the music industries there has been a postmodern shift in the way that musicians think, feel and create their art. Musicology is no longer confined by traditional categorisations and historical exclusivity. The Internet has given local musicians the freedom to express themselves independently as well as allowing them to connect with others and become more visible on a global scale. Through this do-it-yourself (DIY) ethic, artists are able to manage their creative activities on a low budget, working under their own umbrella ‘micro business’ within small virtual and physical communities. The lines, within which local musicians work, have long become blurred as a result of people who are highly motivated pushing the boundaries of creativity by using the resources at-hand through creative activities, such as home recording, small-scale events, DIY art and self-publishing.

The aim of this paper is to help define the concept of DIY musicology in relation to local music scenes and DIY communities, demonstrated in the form of case studies. The findings of this paper illustrate that various aspects of local music scenes provide a more accessible understanding of musicology, cherry-picking elements of ethnomusicology and popular musicology as a vehicle for developing DIY musicology, which is a single strand of a much broader musicology.

  • diy,
  • musicology
Publication Date
Fall September 18, 2010
Citation Information
Paul G. Oliver. "DIY musicology: Rethinking the musicological concept" Researching Music, Technology & Education (2010)
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