Music Magazines How many do you know of? Make a list
Popular Music Magazines Focus on the front covers!
Clash Magazine Popular music and fashion magazine Alternates between modern bands e.g. Coldplay, Oasis; and hip-hop artists e.g. Jay-Z Clash incorporates fashion and film articles alongside music (google images)
Classic FM Magazine Classical magazine, focused on popular performers in the classical music industry – e.g. Myleen Klass, Lesley Garrett, Pavarotti, etc; as well as different composers of classical music, past and present. Owned by the radio station Classic FM
BBC Music Magazine Similar to classic FM, but a little more upmarket. Subsidy of BBC and feeds off BBC Radio 3. Focuses less on popular composers and has articles on lots of different styles of classical music Includes comprehensive reviews of new CDs in the genre
Rock Sound Focused on alternative rock. Includes popular bands (e.g. Muse), but champions lesser known bands. This has helped it achieve an “underground” status, being rather less commercial than its rivals.
Kerrang Long-standing rock magazine. Their focus has recently shifted a little from Nu Metal bands like Linkin’ Park, Lostprophets, etc; to emo and punk rock, e.g. My Chemical Romance.
Mixmag Mixmag is a dance music magazine, reviewing dance music with club nights. The magazine also includes some fashion. The editor said that “Mixmag is now a magazine for the entire world of dance music, whether you like hard boshing music thats quite druggy, or chill out music, or youre someone like me who likes to keep in touch with the music but has grown out of clubbing. This idea that dance music is a kind of minority interest, a bit like ska, is wrong.”
Mojo Main focus is on “Classic rock”, often featuring articles on bands like The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Was the first magazine in the UK to showcase bands like The White Stripes.
Q One of the biggest selling music magazines in the UK Fairly broad generic focus of popular music Originally intended to be called “cue” (as in, cueing a record ready to play), it was changed to Q to avoid being mistaken for a snooker magazine (!) Seen as being relatively high- class in terms of the quality of photography and articles
The Word Published by the owners of mixmag Focus mainly on classic rock, featuring artists like Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, etc Voted ‘Music Magazine of the Year’ in 2007 and 2008
Classic Rock Firmly focuses on key bands from the 1960s – early 1990s, although does feature some contemporary artists who fit into the genre
NME (New Musical Express) Weekly music magazine (all others are monthly) Has been around since the 1950s Mostly focuses on indie music, although has been criticised in recent years for not being specialised enough, giving too much attention to popular bands. Has been redesigned many times Has become less popular in the last 7 or 8 years, losing nearly 50% of its readership
Terms Some terms you could use to describe the photography in your magazine to help you explain what you are trying to achieve: Candid/Naturalistic: Photographs that are not obviously posed Posed: Photographs that have been posed for Live: Photographs that involve the band/artist performing Studio: Photographs taken in a photography studio High key: Photographs which are very bright overall Low key: Photographs which are dark overall 16
Terms Colourful: Photographs which contain a lot of colour Monochromatic: Photographs which contain only one colour or are black and white Busy: Photographs that are busy contain lots of visual information Passive: Photographs which contain limited visual information 17
Mise en scene Look closely at the mise en scene to help you plan your own photographs. Make notes on the location, costume, model and composition Think about how you plan to use the photograph in your final piece. Does it need to be portrait or landscape format? 18
Contact Sheet A contact sheets contains small versions of all the photographs you have taken for your project. From these images you pick the ones that you are going to use. You can use this as a way to explain why you have or have not used a particular image. 25
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? What is a media institution?Media Institution: any of the organisations responsible for the production, marketing, distribution or regulation of media texts.Institutions are business structures that produce media texts and regulate and structure media activities. They are collectives within which individuals are encouraged to work towards a common goal and to develop working practices based on assumptions about their aims and ethos of the institutions. Institutions assume the shared values of all employees and have a status and power relationship with other institutions and the wider public.Identify and list some of the Institutions you are aware of. Decide whether they are a producer, distributor or regulator of media texts.
Example Media InstitutionBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)[production, marketing, distribution and (self) regulator]British Sky Broadcasting (BSB)[production, marketing, distribution and (self) regulator]Cable News Network (CNN)[production and (self) regulator]British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)[regulator]
NME The Word, Mixmag Classic Rock Kerrang!Metal Hammer Mojo
MAGAZINE INDUSTRYIn the UK, the magazine industryoperates as an OLIGOPOLY. Anoligopoly is where several companieshave grown larger and larger whilstcompeting, to the point where theyall have equal power and they alldominate the market. In the UK thecompanies that dominate themagazine market are:HEARSTIPC MEDIABAUER (incorporating EMAP)CONDE NAST
Pitch Pitch Blues is a new magazine aimed at the mostly male 35 – 60 market. Readers are likely to be affluent white males with a settled family life. It will cover all aspects of blues music from its roots right up to the present day. It will mix interviews of musicians and famous fans alongside pieces on the history of blues. It will also review new and re-release albums and cover other blues events and news. It will be simple in style with pictures and text given breathing space and a greater emphasis on text backed up with limited but excellent photography. The example double page spread will be an interview with John Lee Hooker, discussing his new album and tour. The interview will be supported with side bars giving a brief history and discography to fill new readers in on his past. 30