In Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society, Nick Prior explores the social, cultural and industrial contexts in which these shifts have taken place. Both accessible and authoritative, the book: • Clarifies key concepts such as assemblage, affordance, mediation and musicking and defines new concepts such as playsumption and digital vocalities • Considers the impact of music production technologies such as MIDI, sampling, personal computing and smartphone apps • Looks at the ways in which the internet shapes musical consumption, from viral marketing to streaming services • Examines the effects of mobile audio devices on everyday social interactions • Opens up new ways to think and write about the personal experience of making and performing digital music This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand the place of popular music in contemporary culture and society. It will be fascinating reading for students and researchers across media and communication studies, sociology, cultural studies and the creative industries.

Apps, Laps and Infinite Tracks: Digital Music Production

Apps, Laps and Infinite Tracks: Digital Music Production
Apps, Laps and Infinite Tracks: Digital Music Production

‘I analyze and I verify and I quantify enough

100 percentile no errors no miss

I synchronize and I specialize and I classify so much

Don’t worry ’bout dreaming because I don’t sleep

I wish I could at least 30 percent

Maybe 50 for pleasure then skip all the rest

(‘Be Human’, Yoko Kanno, 2004)’

It’s 2012 and I’m at Musikmesse, an annual music trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. I’m chatting to ...

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