Music and Digital Media: A Planetary Anthropology (Paperback)

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Music and Digital Media: A Planetary Anthropology (Paperback)

By Georgina Born (Editor)


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The first comparative ethnographic study on the impact of digital media on worldwide music.

Offering a radically new theoretical framework for understanding digital media through music, this volume redresses anthropology’s frequent oversight of music as a topic of study. By positioning music as an expansive subject for digital anthropology, Georgina Born demonstrates how the field can build interdisciplinary links to music and sound studies, digital media studies, and science and technology studies. Music and Digital Media includes five original ethnographies spanning pop, folk, and crossover musical genres throughout Kenya, Argentina, India, Canada, and the UK. A further three chapters engage experimentally with the platforms of music-making and distribution, 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 MSP.
Georgina Born is professor of anthropology and music at UCL.
Product Details ISBN: 9781800082441
ISBN-10: 1800082444
Publisher: UCL Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 542