Underground Music Club
In my opinion one of the best Clubs on the Grid for great music is Unknown Pleasures –Transmission. The music is not main-stream it’s more underground so if you enjoy musical sub-culture then Transmission is the place for you! It is owned and Run by a Group of good friends and you can definitely tell as there is a friendly relaxed atmosphere at the Club and open chat is encouraged. There is live DJ’s streaming, great music and if you join the group you can even tune into the stream even if you can be at the club by following the sent link. The DJ team includes some of the owners and freelancers and where possible the team will try to meet your alternative music needs. I simply Love the club so please stop by and tune in to some great atmosphere and good times”
In a world where conforming to the mainstreaming is the acceptable norm (and for some desirable) you will always find a thriving alternative counter culture driven by visionary individuals who strive to push the boundaries of society, art and music. This counterculture is both an exciting counterpoint and essential part of the artistic and spiritual journey for many of us who shy away from conformity and the drabness of conventionality.
Music genres are difficult to define; the creation of music is an organic, flexible process - the end product a culmination of artistic vision, experimentation, musical orchestration and technical expertise. Artists frequently combine interchangeable elements or genres to give a finished musical product and this is what makes the classification of a particular style of music so intangible. If an artist includes a guitar solo is their track does this make it a Rock song? Or if there is the heavy use of dance elements does this categorise it as dance music? Not necessarily! So you see the essential dilemma?
I would say that I love all things ‘Indie’, ‘Goth’ or ‘Alternative’ but what does that mean? I’m sure you have your own idea of what those genres symbolise for you as an individual but do you see it the same way I do? Perhaps, perhaps not! Who knows!
The indie/alternative subculture features music that defies conventional categorisation, this is however my personal interpretation and I’m sure that musical historians would provide succinct arguments to facilitate categorisation! Inevitable and frustrating! To that end I will tow the historical ‘party line’ and give you a potted history of the
The punk movement of the 1970’s was pivotal in the development of the alternative counter culture which began to explode in the 1980’s. The indie scene was seen as an antidote to the mainstream Pop charts and was based around
independent record companies releasing music to fulfil the creative and visionary needs of their artists and supporters. The aim was not to get to the top of the charts but to provide the consumer with a much needed and desired alternative to the status quo created by the monopolisation of the music scene by the large music companies. This dramatic departure from the mainstream catapulted dozens of alternative bands developed by the indie labels into the limelight and spawned many more in the wake of their success.
The journey from the relative obscurity of playing at student venues, basements and garages was not an easy fit for many of the bands, their foundation had been anti-establishment and this new found recognition and financial reward saw many of them struggling to come to terms with the loss of identity and artistic integrity commercial success brought with it. The tragedy of the American band Nirvana is a striking an example of the reality of massive commercial success. The inevitable demands of the music industry and the pressure exerted by an adoring public had a devastating effect on the psyche of fragile front man Kurt Cobain culminating in his suicide at the age of 27! In stark contrast many bands embraced their new found recognition and success and the indie/alternative scene has continued its metamorphosis in the decades since its conception retaining at least some of the integrity and anti-establishment sensibilities from which it was born.
I am not going to bore you with a list of bands which the music establishment considers to fit the alternative/indie definition or give you examples of what Transmission streams. The words used to describe a song or piece of music will differ dramatically from person to person; the individual experiences of that person, the place in time from where they are experiencing it and the uniqueness of self will all effect the outcome of the experience rendering it unique and extremely personal and difficult to categorise!
Make up your own mind and as always
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