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Live from the Other Side of Nowhere: Contemplating Musical Performance in an Age of Virtual Reality
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Live from the Other Side of Nowhere: Contemplating Musical Performance in an Age of Virtual Reality (Paperback)

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In recent years VR has become an increasingly prevalent platform for musical performance-Bjoerk, U2, Gorillaz, and even the LA Philharmonic all having taken to the virtual stage. These virtual encounters profoundly disrupt assumptions long held to be true of live music, undermining the necessity of physical and temporal co-presence, exploding our expectations of performance spaces, opening up new possibilities for performance involving avatars, and affording intimate encounters otherwise impossible in the physical world.

Proceeding through a series of case studies and analyses, and drawing in equal parts on the findings of musicology, performance, film, and media and cultural studies, Live from the Other Side of Nowhere begins to pry apart the conceptual challenges that this disruptive technology poses to our understanding of the "live" as an autonomous category of musical activity.

Computing & ITGraphical & digital media applicationsDigital music: professionalMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic recording & reproductionMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresElectronic musicMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresRock & Pop music Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 22/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9781501346361  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sam Cleeve is a researcher at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Studies. His work has appeared in journals such as Perspectives of New Music and Digital Creativity, with reviews in Popular Music and IASPM@Journal

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