Introduction

My name is Zhao Min and from China. I love music quite a lot, in partipular, South Korea’s pop music, K-Pop. This explains why I choose Music Industry as my major.

As far as I am concerned, music is a kind of magic that could make whoever has access to it feel, think or act something different. It is a way to approach “Yourself”, where you may find a totally different world of self, truth, relaxation, beauty, etc in diversified music categories such as punk, jazz, rock and roll, Japanese instrumental music and the featured K-Pop. All kinds of music share their distinctive landscapes of historical evolution and can generate varied impacts along the human history. And I find it very exciting to learn more about how music industry has been developing and changing in the past years. And I do know a large number of researchers have done a good many academic studies concerning music, which present us constantly updating perspectives to understand music often in forms of videos and records.

I want to get a better knowledge of K-Pop as well as other music types and grasp more techniques to understand and express music. Music is amazing and has been extremely fast changing. Therefore, though interesting, it is also somehow chanllenging and complex to tell the stories and conduct historical analysises about the development of music. Nowadays, there are always a lot of factors affecting the ways to write and produce music stories. And it is an interesting thing to figure out how music has been influenced to demonstrate varied forms, styles and characteristics in different periods.

Yet, music, as a special form of artistic expression, it is indeed an essential part of culture. It is developed or created under cultural traditions’ impercetible and subtle but profound impacts.  Take the K-Pop which orginated mainly in South Korea and characterized by electropop, pop ballad, dance pop, hip hop and R&B, as an example, has been developed into a Korean Wave around the globe for its openess to the western cultures, especially those of folk music and hippie in the 1970s. It is not until the 1990s that South Korea’s modern music K-Pop came into existence and much polularity by incorporating its local elements with western pop music’s techno, rock and rap which are quite open, enthusiastic and forceful in a western manner. Psy’s Gangnam Style has become an icon of South Korea, and demonstrates how music plays a critical role in cultural discourse or dialogue in spite of the differentiated languages. I think it right presents South Korea’s unique way to express themselves, their cultures and life styles.

So I would like to comprehend how different music categories have evolved and been mutually influenced in the history, and why they came out in front of public with distinctive characteristics under the complicated impacts of cultures, economy, social environment, technologies, and so on.  

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