Song Videos and the Evidence Opposed toCreative FreedomWritten through Sydney On February 15, 2016In the K-pop industry, we normally run across artists in numerous categories. On the topic of music production, we split them into artists that write their own music and artists that experience music written for them. For the artists that write their own music, we recall to mind them as true artists which arelooseto specific themselves in their music. The others are deemed products of the highly regulated K-pop-making machine. However, after keen on IT more, it roughly feels that even the artists that we accept as true with to have ingenious freedom mightif reality exist toldno longer possess it in its entirety.
The Royal Pirates is one of the crucialteams that holds this intended creative freedom. After all, they partake in the production in their own music. However, their MVs appear to propose the idea that there is more at the back of this creative freedom than meets the eye.
In a up to date episode of the After College Club, James talks about the symbolism in the “Run Away” MV and how the scenes constitutemore than a few struggles the Royal Pirates faced. It sounds as if that the symbolic components were created in line withmindfulchoices agreed upon either by the Royal Pirates and by the music video creators. The non-public connections to its symbolic parts likewise suggest that the video is extremely personal, and due to this fact representative of the gang and what they need to express.
Interestingly, some of the music videos that presented them to the K-pop industry was once “Drawing the Line,” in which the staff were shown to be uncomfortable after being herded around and suggested to act like other folks they weren’t. This video implied that the Royal Pirates were other from the common K-pop act because they were in a position to make a laugh of the awkwardness K-pop acts are topic to when pretending to be individuals they are not. It also presented the Royal Pirates as a collection that remains truthful to themselves.
However, in the up to nowdiscussed After Faculty Club appearance, James comments that their present album become created with a alternative producer; the album is described as a little more fair and containing more folks in the songs. EXSY also comments that the scenes of the video portraying him blindfolded and chained represented his inability to do what he wanted, yet he was capable ofunlock all of those feelings into the album. This renders the “Drawing the Line” video ironic because they were no longerready to be utterly true to their music style. However, this isn'tto mention that the Royal Pirates had no artistic freedom when writing their music previously, but it issues to the reality that there will have been less artistic freedom concernedwhen compared to the introduction of their maximumfresh album 3.3.
IU is sometimes called an artist that has begun writing her own music, and this time, she was even stuck in a controversy because of her interpretations of Zeze. IUs talent to express her own mind and emotions in her music are evidence of her higher artistic freedom.
Another controversy she faced was because her MV for “Twenty-Three” was criticized as pedophilic. The song itself, on the opposite hand, is set her existence and strife at the age of twenty-three. With the reason from the creators of the music video, we are reminded that IU doesn't make her music videos, and that the Twenty-Three MV was created primarily based on the interpretations the music video creators discovered from her song.
Subsequently, the removal of the video from being the creation of IU herself seems to be a hindrance of IUs artistic expression. After all, IU is in the video, and the song is hers. Those criticisms of the video reflect badly upon her, and she gets pulled into the blame for representing the supposed pedophilia. Of course, we shouldbear in mind that there are humans that concentrate onparticularsides of musical production, and it should not be viable for an artist to take the helm on each aspect. At the similar time, an artist will must havethe proper to have a say in the creation of the videos that they partake in.
BTS is another community known to write their own music, and this freedom to write their own music suggests that they have got got artistic freedom. Interestingly, in their reaction to their MV for “Run,” it seems that they themselves don'ttotallynotice the content of the video. They know the fundamental premise, but are unfamiliar with the details. It can be argued that they simplywould like tocomic story about and be puzzled amongst the audience, but that argument doesn’t in point of fact brand feel because expressing the actualthat means of the video poses no visible problems.
This reminds audience of the fact that BTS does not create their own music videos. BTS could lose some of their artistic freedom with this loss in regulate over the videos they partake in. Although the MVs won't be destructive to the organization itself, they still supply a platform from which BTS can also be judged by. For example, in BTSs Boy in Luv MV, Jin slams a lady against a row of lockers. To viewers, this means that BTS believes and partakes in manhandling women they are attracted to. The belief of the music video then contributes to the insight of the artist, and if the artist has no control over the music video, their artistic expression is compromised.
This makes one wonder how much vitality music videos hang in the eyes of the public. Is the music more important, or the videos? After possessing artistic freedom by the use of the music, is the area of the video anything else that should be conquered?
For the “Drawing the Line music video, it’s appealing that the plot of the video is beside the point to the lyrical content. The MV is in its place used as a automobileto stress regal Pirates supposed artistic freedom, because the video pokes fun at the conundrum of having to faux to be any person you’re not. Subsequently, the target audience perceives Royal Pirates as a group this is not harshly controlled by some musical tyrant.
However, it appears thatthose who perceived the video in this fashion were deceived. In fact, even perhapsanybody that believes artists have whole artistic freedom are deceived. After all, with a corporation backing them, it best makes sense that the corporate would habitsquality controls on the music to be certain that the music can create the most importantconceivablequantity of revenue. Conversely, even with this quality control, having the ability to write their own music still makes it “theirs,” just perhaps not absolutelythe manner they sought after it to be.
For the music videos of IU and BTS, it does not seem as although their artistic expression is hindered, but being reminded of the fact that they don't create the music videos suggests that there could also beattainable for misinterpretation or meanings that wander away in translation from the music and lyrics to their visual representations. Subsequently, as consumers, we want to pause and take into considerationthe kind ofcreditsallocated to the music video in comparison to that we allot to the music itself.
Going off of this, there also are groups like Tasty that create their own choreography. This is in a the several way of expressing artistic freedom as well. We sometimes think of artistic freedom in terms of music only, and perhapsthat's the virtually important. However, choreography and the picture that they put out during the music videos also is important. Thus, till artists are able to partake in each step of the creation of their music (which contains the music itself, the lyrics, the choreography, and the MV), it turns out that comprehensive artistic freedom won't exist.
As for the groups that don’t write their own music, I don’t see how someone can express artistic freedom if they don't have any dominance over the music that they sing. In all probabilitythey are able touploadfacets of themselves in the way that they sing the songs to make it “theirs,” but with reviewsvery identical to that of JYP making Jo Kwon spend 11 hours recording 2AMs debut song This Song, it appears that music creators have a concrete concept of what they would like their song to sound like, and that concept then dictates the way that the artist sings it. The quantity of artistic freedom singers that don't write their own songs wield then relies on the person that writes the song and how bendy they are in terms of ways much they permit the singer to switch the song to slot their style.
The factor of true artistic freedom can even never be resolved, but it's far interesting to imagine how, in this client society, practicallynot anythingmight be attributed to the artist alone. What then becomes of the liberty of artistry? And may it ever be seemingly for these perpetual shackles on artistic freedom to ever be broken?
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