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  1. Music Piracy: Should It Be Allowed?

    After losing legal battles with the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and related parties, Napster started deteriorating. Filters prevented certain artists from being listed in searches and if you had songs by certain artists on your computer, you would be banned. I once started up Napster only to be greeted with this message: "YOU HAVE BEEN BANNED BY DR. DRE". Along with thousands of other people, I stopped using the program. So what was/is the RIAA's deal? What do they have against file-sharing? The RIAA and many artists feel that peer-to-peer file-sharing is a violation of copyright laws and is hurting music sales.

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  2. The guitar, my life…?

    Since then I have learned a lot of things about that instrument, even how to play... Like I already said, I had two friends who already knew their trade (like I always told them with my youthful levity), but I've learned a lot with their help. At the beginning it was a very hard fight against the pain in my fingers that came after five minutes of playing caused by pushing down the silver glittering, stainless nickel-wounded steel-strings onto the neck of the guitar. But the grandiose sound of a power-chord-major-g coming out of the amplifier made me forget all torments.

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  3. How Can an Individual's Sense of Identity be Communicated Through Their Choice of Music?

    To a certain extent, music has had an interesting effect on the way individuals express their sense of identity. The 1960's Mods and Rockers are a good example of this. Two different types of people existing in the same society, who were easily distinguished to the type of clothing they wore and their social activities- it could be argued that this has certain relevance to tastes in music. The Mods were, of course, happy to settle for the newly released music of the time. Whereas the Rockers weren't satisfied with the new renditions and so preferred to stick with classic rock music.

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  4. Discusion of - Lower Prices on Universal releases should surface by Christmas. The Star Tribune (Minneapolis). 9 October 2003.

    The record companies have other methods of thwarting online music sharing as well: recently, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has started suing online file sharers. This has been seen as extreme, so Universal is deciding to cut prices instead. However, the prices may not be lower in the actual record stores, as retailers may charge whatever price the want for the CD's. Economic Evaluation The recording industry is desperate for more sales, and they are even willing to lower prices in order to obtain them.

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  5. Choose one product or culture which is having a global impact (could be regarded as part of "globalization").

    This is yet another step closer to Jay Chou becoming globalized. MTV further globalizes music and pop stars. Local musicians get a chance to be heard by overseas audiences when their music is played on MTV. "We have put local artists in the global music industry with events such as the MTV Asia Awards" says Kiki Rizki, Head of Marketing and Communication, MTV Indonesia. As MTV invades Southeast Asia, the faces are no longer just American singers such as Britney Spears or Backstreet Boys but also Indonesian, Singaporean and Taiwanese. Although the average American may not have heard of Jay Chou or Singapore's Stephanie Sun; their music, looks and style have reshaped MTV's global image as well as product images.

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  6. Marketing Group Presentation - How are The Strokes, Beyonce and S Club 8 trying to get to the Top 20 of UKwith their latest albums?

    What do exactly this band want, who they want to get as their buyers? What do they have to offer to the customer or the consumer? Marketing mix and its most important points for each other will tell that. Is the product the most important, or promotion and physical presence? Are the people who buy the record the interesting ones, or is it the price, the place or the process of buying? The Strokes: Room on Fire The unique selling point of the Strokes is the garage rock. They segment themselves to this music-category, but are not strictly only for people who like rock.

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  7. How reliable is source 5 as a representation of the death of Hattie Carroll?

    We must take into account that it is more than likely that Dylan was not at the actual murder scene and therefore his song is a secondary source. We also are not totally sure if Dylan was genuinely concerned about the welfare of the oppressed, or, he was using the situation to boost his own career. Ultimately, these together could be factors for why Dylan wrote and performed "finger-pointing songs." I would say that the majority of the motives in his work are honourable but others may think differently.

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  8. Walking Contradiction.

    In any case people have their preferences and mine include Beegees. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a golden oldie, but the best music had to have been made in the 70's or 80's. Perfectly good examples of these would have been Abba and Gloria Gaynor. Now neither of these people needed to promote s*x, drugs and rock and roll to sell records, which is what seems to be happening today. Artists seem to swear more and more to sell more and more, now tell me is this right?

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  9. Semiotic Analysis - Unit One (Rich).

    their costumes. they were always happy smiley and bright looking which helped their image. The white background on this album sleeve just reitterates to the buyer, and fans, that they are a squeeky clean production. The album sleeve has pictures of the each individual member across the middle of the cover. Each of which, there is a normal smiling picture, and underneath, turned upside down so that the two images join into one, there are pictures of the band members pulling funny faces.

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  10. Francisco De Goya (1746 – 1828) biography.

    by Posercorpse Records, "Deathcrush", an album that was insulted by established press, while the ever-increasing underground, celebrated in its destructive intensity is a furious metal release, that catch the attention of all the underground scene.. Then came the era of Deathlike-Silence. MAYHEM, between 1987 and 1993 underwent several changes in their line-up. Most notably in 1991, when their quite unique vocalist, Dead, committed suicide because he felt he did not belong on this earth. The suicide was shrouded in mystery, and MAYHEM's musical direction grew even darker.

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  11. Social stereotypes.

    They can be spotted in any town centre, playing garage music out of their Vauxhall Nova or sitting in any McDonald's around the country. Townies like to show off their "bling". After all, if you've got it, flaunt it. If you haven't got it, then rob it off a passer by. This is the townie philosophy. Townies are generally given a bad name by the "rare" townie girl who try to start a fight because she thinks your skirt is too short or the "odd" townie boy who will either ask for s****l favours and/or rob you.

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  12. Reggae progressed and became more experimental with the drum and base patterns, this new style became known as Ska this all happened by 1960.

    Reggae eventually progressed into the traditional rock patterns where the guitar took the rhythm and frequently played on the off beat, with a bass guitar playing the melodic patterns, Bob Marley is the most well known of all the reggae stars as his music was soul influenced and was informed by 'Rastafarianism' which is basically religious and Caribbean beliefs combined. The music was almost always about the beliefs of the African American slaves and the rights that black people should have, some music was even written about the rights to let people smoke marijuana as a religious sacrament.

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  13. Verbal Arts/Lyrics

    Its target audience is basically theatre goes who enjoy watching quality performances. Within the song, certain issues are raised. These are things such as poverty and social classes. These issues create images of thing like starvation, dying, homeless, rags in place of clothes, children crying and things of this genre. Several things may have influenced this song like the time, setting era and obviously the French Revolution. The main factor though is the fact that it is based on a book. It doesn't really remind me of another song that I've heard because it is very over dramatic and isn't the sort of thing I hear normally.

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  14. Media Studies - make a music video

    We are using the Binary opposites of maturity and immaturity, which is a basic college idea, the mature students that do their work and the immature students that joke about and don't take things seriously. We thought of things that would be included in a punk music video, we had the idea of the band rehearsing in a music room and being very professional about it and then came up with the opposite which is practicing in the refectory and playing random objects rather than proper instruments.

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  15. Eccentric is defined as being different, odd, non-conventional or strange. However being eccentric isn't entirely bad, it influences the society and makes the society realise that there is much more to life.

    Unfortunately, there is a horrible downside to Jackson, and that is his several facial and skin adjustments. Since day one when Jackson altered his nose, the media hasn't left him alone and just got worse, so did Michael. It seemed obvious to realise that Michael had issues, over 15 years he underwent so many changes. His fans began to question what he was doing to himself, some believed that he was over paranoid about his appearance and got carried away. These plastic surgeries scared Michael's life, because the media never let go and were onto every thing Michael would say or go.

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  16. Comparing "Teechers" With "Grease" And "Weekend Away".

    Both the single and multi role techniques are effective, but are used for different ends. Another point for comparison is costumes. The costumes in "Teechers" have to be very simplistic, as they are constantly changing, and usually only consist of one item, for example, a leather jacket for Oggy Moxon. The costumes in "Grease" are typical 1950's costumes and very much to the period, and in A "Weekend Away", the period of time is not stated, but judging by the language that the characters use, it suggests a more modern, up to date time frame, as the characters talk about the mini bus which is more modern.

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  17. Why do Nurses earn less than rock stars?

    Others, however, can earn millions and billions, and therefore, this will mean that the results for pop stars' wages will be skewed, given the wide range of salaries. Wages are set very much like price is - by market equilibrium. Looking at the labour market, we can see that, once immensely popular, demand for an artist becomes very inelastic - people will buy his merchandise even if the price increases quite a lot. Supply for nurses, on the other hand, may be elastic, as there are plenty of individuals who are willing to try and seek employment in that field, assuming that the skills required aren't very hard to come by (to enter the profession).

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  18. Drama: A road to heaven

    The play was a musical, and it was portrayed in different styles of music and introduced in a variety of ways such as costumes, which showed creativeness and imagination for the scenes. The costumes allowed humour to be created and helped the song and the message that they were trying to get across. The music surprisingly were songs that can be recognised by any generation as they used the unforgettable and loved tunes of any age and they were altered to combine with the musical and characters of the play.

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  19. My Father's Song Vs. The Odyssey.

    Ortiz, along with Telemachus, miss their father. For Ortiz, his father is dead, and for Telemachus, his father is lost at sea. They both miss the emotional bond and psychological support that their father would provide for them. For Ortiz, it is his father's songs, and for Telemachus, it is his father's guidance and influence. Both of them, as sons, want something passed down to them. When Ortiz is compared with Odysseus they are both seen as fathers.

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  20. Assess the impact of new technologies on the music industry - Discuss the significance and implications of these developments.

    This is significant because radio now has a larger audience than before and more people are being influenced. This changes the way music is purchased and determines the success of artists and the record companies. Digital television works in the same way as radio in that the music channels help promote singles through the playing of music videos. Specialized channels and radio stations target specific audiences - this is known as narrow casting - which let every genre of music be heard enabling audiences to make up their own minds about what they like. As homogenous music exists alongside specialist music produced mainly by A and R (Artist and Repertoire), record companies want to target the right audiences for maximum exposure and therefore corresponding sales.

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  21. Popular culture of the 1960's.

    'Pop Art' was a new form of art, becoming increasingly recognised. This form of art evolved around themes from rather significant pop culture items (e.g. images of famous actors and actresses, old cartoons as well as other appreciated idols.) 'Pop Art' was often composed of unusual works of art, of bright colours and optical illusions. These art forms were for the first time witnessed in most museums, which was a reflection on the profound change upon modern appreciation for art.

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  22. ICT- Is the understanding of different information and verifying information from data and knowledge.

    Music is usually stored in digital format on CD, Minidisk or DVD's. All stages of music production require some sought of ICT involvement from recording to actual CD manufacture .The musician will record the music via microphones that will record and then computers will be used to enhance the quality of the music and then the final touches are added. The internet has also benefited the music industry as people can download music very quickly efficiently but this has also meant that the rate of piracy has increased. Most people wouldn't believe how much it is costing the artists and producers, the figure I millions.

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  23. Media - Pre production piece, storyboard for music video.

    Firstly, something I had to consider carefully was my audience. The song I chose was released in the 1960s. So, obviously it would not significantly appeal to the younger age groups. The majority of my audience will be of the older age group, probably between 40 and 60. This song would appeal to both men and women, so there was no particular gender to target. I do not think that this song would attract any particular class of people, as the song discusses issues that affect all social classes.

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  24. Influence of "Pop culture" on individuals

    Music had a very important role in our history. Music helped to develop new ways of thinking and acting. For years, people were afraid of expressing some ideas which were not common or were not right to say, as when they had political or social problems with the government, they were not able to complain or to say things against that hypocrisies. This ideas were starting to spread with the help of the lyrics inside the music, where artists said what other people were afraid.

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  25. Why did groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have such great impact during the 1960's.

    This was mainly due to some goods including foodstuffs still being rationed. Therefore, for the first time since the war, young people could buy records, go to concerts and enjoy more free time. They were able to support bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones because they were better off economically. As a result the bands became famous and themselves very wealthy because of the sales of their records and merchandise.

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