When the music business went to crisis point in the 1990s, some critics were saying that a resurgence of the arts would bring an end to a decade of decline.
Now, some artists are taking a more cautious approach, arguing that there are still significant cultural and economic forces that keep the arts in decline.
As the music industry continues to shrink, some say the world has changed.
“I think the world is changing,” says Michael Berenson, a critic at The New Yorker.
“You have this big explosion in digital music, which has taken away a lot of the cultural value that had been embedded in traditional forms of media.”
The industry is already seeing an impact on how we hear and interpret music.
In 2016, a study found that music fans listened to the most popular music in the world on Spotify, while listening to traditional recordings on traditional audio-visual media like TV and radio was down more than 50 percent.
Berenson argues that the music market is going through a massive evolution.
“We’re starting to hear about this amazing new wave of music that we didn’t know existed,” he says.
“I think that’s the beginning of a real cultural shift, a cultural rebirth.”
The Atlantic recently ran an article about the importance of the internet to the art world, citing the growing use of social media as a way for artists to engage with fans.
It argued that a renaissance of music would not only help artists create new music, but would also help the art-world.
“Music is the biggest medium of our time, but I think the arts and the arts-world are going to have to embrace this new wave,” he adds.
“And it has to happen with a certain amount of creativity and an openness to ideas.”
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