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Introduction to Contemporary Music Press »

Bijon Fenner | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Music, Other Topics, Music Press

Music magazines of the Noughties - The Wire, Smash Hits, Terrorizer, NME, Q and Muzik –Smash Hits and Muzik have since closed

Music Magazines in the Noughties

KEY THEMES: PROLIFERATION OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, INCREASED NICHE MARKETING AND SUBCULTURAL BRAND VALUES ARE MORE MARKETABLE.

Useful Terminology

Plugs: Information about the contents of a magazine given on the front cover.
Issue Number: The number of the issue
Masthead: Title of the magazine.
Cover price: retail...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Representation »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied representation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how representation can be applied to our own...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Narrative »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Narrative, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Narrative in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied narrative in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how narrative can be applied to our own productions”.

...[ read full article ] »

WJEC GCSE Unit 2 CA: Creating for the Media: Investigating and Producing »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 16, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Music Press Production, Music, Music Promotion, The Press, Production Zone, Print Production

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This is an additional Unit 2 brief - full details can be found on MediaEdu’s WJEC GCSE Media Studies controlled assessment admin and process resource.

Students need to produce three pieces of work from at least three media. ‘Media’ is interpreted as film, television, animated film, radio, magazines, music videos, websites, computer games, newspapers and advertising – not platforms.

  • Two Textual Investigations on two media (one must be print...
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Music Press Quiz 2 »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 14, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Music, The Press, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. Open Music Press Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



Q Print and Online Music Magazine Deconstruction »

Rob Miller | Saturday August 11, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Online Magazines, Music, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Synergy, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Q Music Magazine Print Deconstruction

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Audience identification with the iconic, recognisable masthead first appeals to consumers – taking up 15% of the front cover an enigmatic, upper case, bold, white on red, block serif letter ‘Q’  is a box on the left hand side top of the cover.

This departs from the conventions of magazine covers that normally run a masthead run along the top of the front cover. ‘Q’ is enigmatic, just like the regular...

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NME Print and Online Music Magazine Deconstruction »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Online Magazines, Music, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

NME Music Magazine Print Deconstruction

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NME remains one of the longest running weekly music magazines in history after its initial publication in 1952. Originally the magazine was published in broadsheet newspaper format using newsprint , and competed for many year with titles such as Sounds (focussing on Rock and Heavy Metal genres) and Melody Maker (mainstream Pop and Chart music).

Unashamedly ‘indie’ NME has always championed the cause of...

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Drowned in Sound Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Online Magazines, Music, Fan Websites, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

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URL: www.drownedinsound.com

Drowned in Sound is an independent, online music magazine that has been described as a cross between exactly that, a blog and a music social networking site. Founded by 18 year old entrepreneur, Sean Adams in 2000 it started life in 1998 as an e mail music fanzine called The Last Resort. Sean Adams re-launched it as DIS and is still the current editor and part shareholder. Although...

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2013 AQA GCSE Media Studies 1-Year Music Press Scheme »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Music, The Press

Scheme

  • 2013 AQA GCSE Media Studies 1-Year Music Press Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • Drowned in Sound Case Study
  • NME Print and Online Music Magazine Deconstruction
  • Q Print and Online Music Magazine Deconstruction
  • AQA GCSE Music Press Mock Exam Preliminary Material.docx
  • AQA GCSE Music Press Mock Exam.docx
  • AQA GCSE Music Press Mock Exam Mark Scheme.docx
  • Music Press Quiz 1
  • Music Press Quiz 2
  • Deconstructing Web Pages
  • Home Page Sample Deconstruction
  • Studying The Internet
  • The...
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Ownership, Synergy & Technological Convergence »

Stephen Hill | Monday November 08, 2010

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Ownership, Magazines, Intro to Magazines, More on Magazines, Music Press, Music Press Institution, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy, We Media

Introduction

The need to target a ‘specific audience’ is a key issue for the ‘magazine industry’. Magazines are heavily ‘subsidized by advertising’ and the key to attracting a sustainable ‘portfolio of advertisers’ is the creation of a product that is desirable to their ‘target market’.

As a consequence, within the magazine industry as a whole, there are many magazines aimed at similar audiences because that ‘demographic’ is lucrative for advertisers....

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WJEC GCSE Exam Topic - Music 2011 & 2012 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Sunday August 22, 2010

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Magazines, Music Press, Music, British Pop Music, Music Promotion, Music Video, The Press

2011 Exam

Section A - Music Video
Section B - Music Fan Websites

2012 Exam

Section A - Music Industry Websites
Section B - Music Magazines

The exam (40% of the final mark)  2 hours 15 minutes. The topic is music. Candidates will be expected to study the topic in a way which reflects the convergent nature of contemporary media.

The paper is divided into two sections.

Section A: Thinking about the Media – Investigating

This will assess candidates on their knowledge and...

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Music Press Quiz 1 »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday September 08, 2009

Categories: KS3, GCSE, Magazines, Music Press, Music, Other Topics, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. Open Music Press Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



Music Press Downloads »

Richard Gent | Tuesday August 18, 2009

Categories: Magazines, Music Press, Music, Other Topics

Music Press | Advertising.ppt

Music Press | Audience Match Exercise.pdf

Music Press | Audience Theory.ppt

Music Press | History.ppt

Music Press | Kerrang Notes.doc

Music Press | Magazine Analysis Frame.doc

Music Press | Magazine Checklist One.doc

Music Press | Magazine Checklist Two.doc

Music Press | Magazine Cover Exercise One.pdf

Music Press | Magazine Cover Exercise Two.pdf

Music Press | Magazine Design.pub

Music Press | NME Notes.doc

Music Press | NME Web Design...

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The Adult Orientated Mainstream »

Bijon Fenner | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Magazines, Music Press, More on Music Press, Music, Other Topics

Paul McCartney was on the first issue of Q and came back to celebrate its 50th issue: he’s typical of the magazine’s emphasis on older ‘classic’ artists.

KEY BRAND VALUES: MAINSTREAM ADULT ORIENTATED ROCK
OWNER: EMAP (1986 TO 2007) BAUER (2007 to present)
MASTHEAD: Q
PUFF: THE GUIDE TO MODERN MUSIC AND MORE / THE ULTIMATE MUSIC GUIDE
PRICE: £3.90
HOUSE STYLE: RED AND WHITE, BLACK TEXT, CANDID COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
ADVERTISING PORTFOLIO: ALBUM ARTISTS, HI-FI EQUIPMENT,...

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The Avant Garde Music Press »

Bijon Fenner | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Music, Other Topics, Music Press

Moritz von Oswald and Will Oldham are typical of the more avant-garde orientation of The Wire.

KEY BRAND VALUES: AVANT-GARDE, ELITIST, MUSICIANSHIP, INTELLECTUALISM
OWNER: NARAMA GROUP (1982 to 2001) INDEPENDENTLY OWNED 2001 ONWARDS.
MASTHEAD: THE WIRE
PUFF: NONE.
PRICE: £3.90
HOUSE STYLE: REALIST COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY + BLACK TEXT ON WHITE BACKGROUND
ADVERTISING PORTFOLIO: ALTERNATIVE AND AVANT-GARDE RELEASES, ETHICAL CONSUMERISM, OFFBEAT TRAVEL AND TOURISM, HI-FI HARDWARE.

...

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The Dance Music Press - Muzik »

Bijon Fenner | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Magazines, Music Press, More on Music Press, Music, Other Topics

Reflecting the retrospective sensibility of contemporary dance music issues of Muzik typically mix new music with older stars.

KEY BRAND VALUES: CUTTING EDGE, INFORMED, FUTURE CONSCIOUS CLUB CULTURE.
OWNER: IPC 1995 TO 2003
MASTHEAD: MUZIK
PUFF: NONE
PRICE: £3.90
HOUSE STYLE: POP ART COLOURS – YELLOWS, PINKS AND ORANGE
ADVERTISING PORTFOLIO: DANCE 12” SINGLES, COMPILATIONS, CLUB NIGHTS, HARDWARE, CLOTHING

Muzik was a dance music magazine produced between 1995 and 2003....

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The Alternative Press - Terrorizer and NME »

Bijon Fenner | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Music, Other Topics, Music Press

NAPALM DEATH AND THE GOSSIP ARE TYPICAL OF THE LEFT OF CENTRE ACTS COVERED BY THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS.

The NME and Terrorizer both cover music at the edge of the mainstream.

The NME was launched in 1952 by EIPC as a ‘pop paper’ and right up until the mid-1960s its emphasis was on the records that were riding high in the ‘hit parade’.  However as music became more serious in the late 1960s its style shifted towards a more sophisticated form of music journalism.

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Smash Hits - The Pop Mainstream »

Bijon Fenner | Wednesday July 15, 2009

Categories: Music, Other Topics, Music Press

Duran Duran and Take That - The Ultimate Smash Hits Bands!

KEY BRAND VALUES: MAINSTREAM TEEN POP AND FEMININE FASHION
OWNER: EMAP (1978 TO 2007) BAUER (2007 to present)
MASTHEAD: SMASH HITS
PUFF: THE WORLD’S GREATEST POP MAG.
PRICE: £1.90
HOUSE STYLE: POP ART COLOURS – YELLOWS, PINKS AND ORANGE
ADVERTISING PORTFOLIO: POP SINGLES, TEEN-ORIENTATED FASHION AND MAKE-UP.

Smash Hits was a bi-weekly pop music title owned by EMAP. It ran from 1978 to 2006. Its launch editor...

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Q Magazine – The Music Press in the 1980s »

Stephen Hill | Monday July 06, 2009

Categories: Magazines, More on Magazines, Music Press, News

Q Magazine was launched by EMAP in 1986. With Dave Hepworth and Mark Ellen as editors, it was very much a grown up version of Smash Hits.

When discussing the legacy of EMAP in the transformation of the mores of the music press in the 1980s it should be mentioned that the legacy of Q has been considered in much more detail than that of Smash HitsEamonn Forde has written extensively on the role of Q in establishing the ‘monoglottic’ corporate register of Smash Hits in...

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Music Links »

Richard Gent | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Key Concepts, Institutions, Music, British Pop Music, Music Video, Other Topics, Production Zone, Audio Production, Music Press, Music Press History, Music Press Institution, Music Press Language, Music Press Links One, Pop Music on TV

EMI Group EMI is the world’s largest independent music company.

 

 

 

 


itunes

 

 

 

 

 

 

musicovery.com Free access to a range of music on the Internet




Smash Hits Demise »

Richard Gent | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Smash Hits Demise




Music Press Front Cover Exercise Two »

John Duggan | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Production




Music Press Front Cover Exercise One »

John Duggan | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Production




Production Skills »

John Duggan | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Production

Observations from AQA course on

The Music Press

Production Skills & Controlled Test Written Responses

1. Annotate designs

2. Use colour

3. Remember it’s a sketch for a professional to then complete

4. Ensure conventions are features including things like barcode, date, price, etc. or web conventions if you have the option to design a web page.

5. Make it clear and user friendly

6. Be aware of writing styles and register / mode of address

7. Avoid essay style responses....[ read full article ] »


Music Press Mock Exam Two »

jradnedge | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Mock Two, Staffroom, Mocks

Muso Mags Ltd

Memo
To: Creative and Design Staff
From: Managing Director
CC: Marketing Manager
Date: 30.11.06
Re: What next?

Colleagues,

I need your most creative and informed suggestions.

As a music publications company we have always tried to keep up with the preferences of our youthful and knowledgeable audience.

The last few months have seen some very significant developments in the world of Pop Music publicity. Some of our best loved institutions of Pop have...

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Music Press Mock Exam One »

Keith Langton | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Mock One, Staffroom, Mocks

In this exam you are going to be asked to research the marketplace for a new UK music magazine. You will then be asked to identify a potential Target Audience for your new magazine and demonstrate design work to appeal to that Target Audience.

EACH QUESTION IS WORTH 25 MARKS.

YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THE QUESTIONS.

Question 1: History

  • How did the market for the music press in the UK change during the 1970s and 1980s?

Use the case histories of TWO successful UK music...

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Media Language & The Music Press »

Keith Langton | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Language

Observations from AQA course on The Music Press


1. Identify conventions of The Music Press

2. Analyse front pages

3. Identify the value of genre

4. Explore narrative: contents of mags, the use of narrative on the front cover

5. Mode of address: how mags speak to their audience

6. Editorial vs advertising content - how easy is it to distinguish between the two?




Music Press Institution »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday May 08, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Institution

Observations from AQA course on

The Music Press

Institution

1. Investigate ownership of magazines: EMAP and IPC Media dominate. What are the consequences?

2. Mainstream vs fanzine/blogs/online communities, etc. - benefits?

3. Editorial independence of mainstream? Advertise to ensure positive reviews/coverage? Content analysis as ‘evidence’?

4. Horizontal integration e.g. Smash Hits radio, TV, website but no magazine anymore.

5. Explore narrative: contents of mags, the use...

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Music Press History »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday May 08, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press History

Observations from AQA course on

The Music Press

History

1. Start at 1950’s

2. Include punk era of the 1970’s

3. Present day including web development

4. Don’t focus on facts, but generic developments, similarities and differences in content

5. Students could carry out a qualitative survey on audience likes, uses and gratifications

6. Focus on age, gender and ‘race’ to investigate consumption

‘The Music Press – A Brief History’

by Keith Langton

Melody Maker...

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Music Press Audience »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday May 08, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Audience

Observations from AQA course on

The Music Press

Audience

1. Decline of mass market - why? Can music magazines survive? What is their biggest competition? Why?

2. Subcultures and niche markets (segmentation)

3. Empowerment of audience over producers and audience as producers (myspace, etc.)

4. Demographics and generational changes EMAP Audience Research kindly contributed by

5. Audience theory - uses and gratifications [click on this hyperlink to learn about this theory]

...[ read full article ] »

The Music Press »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday May 08, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Magazines, Music Press, Music, Other Topics

Revision Activities

Music Press Kerrang Notes.doc
Music Press Smash Hits Notes.doc
Music Press NME Notes.doc
Music Press NME Web Design Template.doc
Music Press Magazine Cover Exercise One.pdf
Music Press Magazine Cover Exercise Two.pdf
Music Press Scheme.doc
Music Press Magazine Analysis Frame.doc
Music Press Magazine Cover Exercise One.pdf
Music Press Magazine Cover Exercise Two.pdf
Music Press Magazine Checklist One.doc
Music Press Magazine Checklist Two.doc
Music Press...

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Copyright and You. How Copyright Issues Can Affect Your Media Coursework. »

David Smailes | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Copyright, Media Language, Magazines, Music Press, Music, Music Video, Other Topics, Television, Pop Music on TV

If your Media Studies production is an audio visual piece then it will most likely involve the use of some music.  This might be in the background of an advert, to make a film trailer more exciting, or as the focus of a music video.

What you need to remember is that even though it’s incredibly easy to download music and sound effects from the Internet, it’s not always a good idea to use those files in your media production.

In this article, I’ll give you the information you...

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Unit 2 Brief for Music Magazine »

Shirley Bierman | Monday February 16, 2009

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Nationals, Magazines, More on Magazines, Music Press, Music Press Production, News

Name:

Pre-Production and Planning for a Music Magazine

The Brief

Concept

For this unit you are part of a multi-skilled team that plans to make a music related magazine for young adults aged 18 years and upwards. You will also need to advertise this magazine on radio, the internet and on TV - learning audio, visual and audio-visual skills. It will need to be heavy on visuals, glossy, and a midway price so that it is affordable by the target audience and makes them feel they...

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