Building the balalaika, a Russian folk instrument by James H., Jr. Flynn

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It is their listening behaviour that gives public expression to their private responses. In this sense we are attempting to uncover motivations for behaviour or action. It is instructive 29 30 An outline topography of musical accessibility in this context to relate the discussion of uses9 of music to Weber’s four fundamental kinds of social action (1971: 80), which he identifies as: 1. 2. 3. 4. Action for a purpose (such as saving money in order to buy something). Action for (moral) values (such as giving to charity).

Presentational issues are also relevant when music is recorded and distributed via various media. We may be more likely to connect with music from one medium than another, and media lend themselves to particular packaging, distribution, explication and association. What is musical accessibility? Although they can be studied in most historical contexts, accessibility issues are particularly pertinent to our time. Galloping globalisation, developments in media, and particularly the internet revolution, are facilitating contact with myriad musical expressions.

17 Music industry strategies have tended to channel music into widely accepted styles, promoting artists who are likely to return maximum profit. Whereas this will aid customers who prefer music by such artists and in such styles, it militates against anyone on the creative side wanting to work outside or indeed between those parameters, and on the consumer side against anyone hoping to find something genuinely unexpected, challenging or of minority interest. An idea of two different kinds of subject is beginning to crystallise from this analysis, and with it two kinds of attraction.

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