The Digital Evolution of Live Music

The Digital Evolution of Live Music

1st Edition - July 15, 2015

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  • Authors: Angela Cresswell Jones, Rebecca Jane Bennett
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081000700

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The concept of ‘live’ has changed as a consequence of mediated culture. Interaction may occur in real time, but not necessarily in shared physical spaces with others. The Digital Evolution of Live Music considers notions of live music in time and space as influenced by digital technology. This book presents the argument that live music is a special case in digital experience due to its liminal status between mind and body, words and feelings, sight and sound, virtual and real. Digital live music occupies a multimodal role in a cultural contextual landscape shaped by technological innovation. The book consists of three sections. The first section looks at fan perspectives, digital technology and the jouissance of live music and music festival fans. The second section discusses music in popular culture, exploring YouTube and live music video culture and gaming soundtracks, followed by the concluding section which investigates the future of live music and digital culture.

Key Features

  • Gives perspectives on the function of live music in digital culture and the role of digital in live music
  • Focuses on the interaction between live and digital music
  • Takes the discussion of live music beyond economics and marketing, to the cultural and philosophical implications of digital culture for the art
  • Includes interviews with producers and players in the digital world of music production
  • Furthers debate by looking at access to digital music via social media, websites, and applications that recognise the impact of digital culture on the live music experience


All those interested in the way digital technology is changing cultural interaction and pursuit

Table of Contents

  • Section One: Live that survives

    1: Live concerts and fan identity in the age of the Internet

    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Identity and live music
    • 1.3 Live concerts and history
    • 1.4 Live concerts and community
    • 1.5 Live concerts and the individual
    • 1.6 Conclusion

    2: Aura, iteration, and action: digital technology and the jouissance of live music

    • Abstract
    • 2.1 The territory: arguments about the technological mediation of cultural production
    • 2.2 The expedition: experiences of jouissance through live music

    3: What’s my scene: festival fandom and the applification of the Big Day Out stage

    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 A brief history of music festivals: 1960s–1990s
    • 3.3 The 1990s to the 2000s
    • 3.4 The 2000s: the applification of the BDO stage
    • 3.5 The future of music festivals

    Section Two: Digital live

    4: Live sound and the disappearing digital

    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Sound is analog
    • 4.3 Digital processes in live sound
    • 4.4 Global sound design
    • 4.5 Dislocations and authenticity
    • 4.6 Music computing and synthesis
    • 4.7 Remote digital tools
    • 4.8 Digital magic
    • 4.9 Conclusion

    5: Live or Memorex? Changing perceptions of music practices

    • Abstract
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Methodology
    • 5.3 The loss of the tangible—capturing the moment 1
    • 5.4 Plus ça change—capturing the moment 2
    • 5.5 Liquid sounds—disseminating the experience
    • 5.6 Keeping it real—live and digital
    • 5.7 Dubstep or busted speakers? Changing auditory practices
    • 5.8 Backward to the future

    6: Live from the ether: YouTube and live music video culture

    • Abstract
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Free-for-all: the YouTube model
    • 6.3 It’s all here: community and access
    • 6.4 Another promotional tool: the official model
    • 6.5 Identifying the fanvid: the amateur–professional divide
    • 6.6 The heart of copygrey: the user-generated model
    • 6.7 Offsetting copygrey: YouTube services
    • 6.8 A live-streaming case study: Coachella
    • 6.9 Conclusion

    7: Live music in a virtual world: exuberant flourishing and disability at Wheelies nightclub in Second Life

    • Abstract
    • 7.1 Second Life: looking forward, looking back
    • 7.2 Identity avatars and disability
    • 7.3 Second Life, live music, and disability
    • 7.4 Wheelies, live music, and engagement
    • 7.5 Conclusion

    8: The sounds of Skyrim: a musical journey through gaming

    • Abstract
    • 8.1 Introduction
    • 8.2 The music of Skyrim
    • 8.3 Music and live-gaming experiences: a moment in time, a moment in mind

    Section Three: Live after death

    9: Dead music in live music culture

    • Abstract
    • Acknowledgments
    • 9.1 Deadness in liveness
    • 9.2 Retro-canonization and archivists
    • 9.3 Collector interviews
    • 9.4 Frank Fairfield—time traveler

    10: Keepin’ it real? Life, death, and holograms on the live music stage

    • Abstract
    • 10.1 Introduction
    • 10.2 Presence
    • 10.3 Genre
    • 10.4 Ontology
    • 10.5 Ethics
    • 10.6 Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 144
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2015
  • Published: July 15, 2015
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081000700

About the Authors

Angela Cresswell Jones

Angela Jones is a lecturer at Murdoch University, Australia. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies in 2007, and has published book chapters and magazine articles that focus on youth, culture, and the Internet. Angela’s current research interests include popular culture and the Internet, digital literacy and education, social media strategy, social media and identity, and online communities. She previously published The Host in the Machine, also with Chandos.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Murdoch University, Australia

Rebecca Jane Bennett

Rebecca Jane Bennett is a Lecturer in Academic Language and Literacy at Murdoch University in Australia. With a PhD in Communications and Cultural Studies, she has published book chapters and journal articles on backpacker discourse, tourist weblogs, local music culture and intercultural communication. She also has significant experience tutoring and lecturing. Her research interests include digital literacy, popular culture studies, youth studies and intercultural communication.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Academic Language and Literacy, Murdoch University, Australia

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