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Fouce, Héctor (2016) The Sound of the Digital Global City. Urbanities, 6 (1). pp. 73-89. ISSN 2239-5725

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Madrid has been the center of Spanish musical scene and industry since the 80s, when “la movida” becomes the metaphor for the new colorful, young and cosmopolitan country established with the arrival of democracy.
The city, in this way, is basically a place. But this sense of place started to crash with the arrival of digital music. In the new paradigm, intermediaries were supposed to disappear and music was something contained in networks and computers. The question now is how to integrate digital music, a nonphysical, individual experience, with the way in which the city of Madrid is lived through in musical terms.
With the advent of digital music, concerts became the primary source of income for musicians. The centrality of the gig can be understood as the confirmation that we are living in an economy of experience. This centrality also reorganized the way in which music is produced and consumed: now, records are produced in order to create the opportunity of a musical event (band promote their tour as presentation of their latest recordings) that can be promoted in social networks and media; concerts are the places where musicians construct their fans’ communities and are the places were records are sold, not a way to know the band but to demonstrate both the support for the band and the status of the listeners. To study the place of music in the process of metropolization in Madrid we need to understand music as a field of tension

Tipo de documento:Artículo
Palabras clave:Global city; Madrid; Digital music
Materias:Ciencias Sociales > Sociología > Antropología
Ciencias Sociales > Sociología > Cultura popular
Ciencias Sociales > Sociología > Movimientos sociales
Humanidades > Música
Código ID:37769
Depositado:20 May 2016 12:37
Última Modificación:11 Ene 2019 12:28

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