Thursday, January 26, 2006

Neomarxisme On Rehearsal Studio Culture

Interesting thoughts by writer-musician Marxy on lack of garage space in Japan where novice bands can practice, the existence instead of a slew of inexpensive and well-equipped rehearsal studios, and what this means for Japanese bands' musical development.

I'm not sure I agree with his thesis that these studios, with all their fancy gadgets and high comfort level, make it almost too easy for bands starting out, leading to musicians that care more about having fun for themselves than putting on a good show for an audience of strangers (maybe I've been lucky but I haven't seen many groups like this myself), but it's food for thought. And a nice report on how indie Japanese bands practice.

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