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Music and Digital Media: A planetary anthropology

Born, Georgina (Ed). (2022) Music and Digital Media: A planetary anthropology. [Book]. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Anthropology has neglected the study of music. Music and Digital Media shows how and why this should be redressed. It does so by enabling music to expand the horizons of digital anthropology, demonstrating how the field can build interdisciplinary links to music and sound studies, digital/media studies, and science and technology studies. Music and Digital Media is the first comparative ethnographic study of the impact of digital media on music worldwide. It offers a radical and lucid new theoretical framework for understanding digital media through music, showing that music is today where the promises and problems of the digital assume clamouring audibility. The book contains ten chapters, eight of which present comprehensive original ethnographies; they are bookended by an authoritative introduction and a comparative postlude. Five chapters address popular, folk, art and crossover musics in the global South and North, including Kenya, Argentina, India, Canada and the UK. Three chapters bring the digital experimentally to the fore, presenting pioneering ethnographies of an extra-legal peer-to-peer site and the streaming platform Spotify, a series of prominent internet-mediated music genres, and the first ethnography of a global software package, the interactive music platform Max. The book is unique in bringing ethnographic research on popular, folk, art and crossover musics from the global North and South into a comparative framework on a large scale, and creates an innovative new paradigm for comparative anthropology. It shows how music enlarges anthropology while demanding to be understood with reference to classic themes of anthropological theory.

Type: Book
Title: Music and Digital Media: A planetary anthropology
ISBN-13: 9781800082434
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800082434
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800082434
Language: English
Additional information: Collection © Editor, 2022 Text © Contributors, 2022 Images © Contributors and copyright holders named in captions, 2022 This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Born, G. (ed). 2022. Music and Digital Media: A Planetary Anthropology. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800082434 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: ethnography, anthropology, popular culture, media studies
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10155196
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