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Musicalization and mediatization
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. (Musikvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5809-3575
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Vardagens apparatur (VR))
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we discuss a concept that we propose to call musicalization. Musicalization can be defined as a long-term historical process characterized by an ever-increasing presence of music in everyday life, a process that is intimately connected with changing technological conditions and with transformations in how music is mediated and communicated as well as with broader socio-cultural processes at work in a given historical period. In this it is linked to what media scholars Krotz and Hepp calls “mediatization”, i.e. a “long-term metaprocess of changing forms of communicative action”. More specifically, musicalization is theorized as a process in which the dispersal and experience, and indeed the very definition, of music to an increasing degree become dependent on the media and their logic.

We also consider what we see as some of the more profound and wide-ranging effects of musicalization in the twentieth century. The most salient of those effects concern new ways in which people listened to and behaved towards music and, perhaps even more importantly, radical changes in how music was comprehended and conceptualized. However, those changes should not merely be understood as transformations in the reception of established and newly emerging musical genres. Rather, they should in a more radical way be seen as enabling new musical ontologies; that is, as effecting alterations in the very nature or “essence” of music and consequently as restructuring the ways human relations and communicative action is organized around music. Thus, a central upshot of our discussion is that since the musicalization of everyday life is closely aligned with and dependent on an increasing mediatization of culture and society, the study of mediatization processes provides a novel and promising way to theorize and explain profound alterations in musical ontology over time as well as the restructuring of cultural practices and social relations affected by such alterations in the digital era. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
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Musicology
Research subject
Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64120DiVA, id: diva2:1173882
Conference
Mirac 2017 (Music Focused Interdisciplinary Research & Analysis Center), Stockholm, Sweden, November 22-23, 2017
Projects
Mediatization, digital technology, everyday practices, solitary listening
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved

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