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Outsider music


Outsider Music is a record label.


Outsider music is the term used to describe songs and compositions by musicians who are not part of the commercial music industry who write music that ignores standard musical or lyrical conventions, either because they have no formal training or because they disagree with conventional rules. This type of music, which often lacks typical structure and is emotionally stark, has few outlets; performers or recordings are often promoted by word of mouth or through fan chat sites, usually among communities of music collectors and music connoisseurs. Outsider musicians usually have much "greater individual control over the final creative" product either because of a low budget or because of their "inability or unwillingness to cooperate" with modifications by a record label or producer.

  • also known as Obscuro

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Google previewFaking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music (2007)

by Hugh Barker, Yuval Taylor

Outsider music is a fascinating alternative, but by definition it's unlikely to ever truly enter the mainstream. It does, however, illuminate to what lengths today's music fans will go in search of authenticity. AS WE'VE NOTED, there are two sides to ...

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