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Bröndum, Lars
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Bröndum, L. (2019). Where Do We Go From Here?: The Future of Composers in the Post-Digital Era (1ed.). In: Ewa Mazierska, Les Gillon, Tony Rigg (Ed.), Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age: Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology (pp. 155-170). Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Where Do We Go From Here?: The Future of Composers in the Post-Digital Era
2019 (English)In: Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age: Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology / [ed] Ewa Mazierska, Les Gillon, Tony Rigg, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 1, p. 155-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bloomsbury Academic, 2019 Edition: 1
National Category
Music
Research subject
Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16527 (URN)10.5040%2F9781501338403.ch-007 (DOI)000482934200008 ()978-1-5013-3839-7 (ISBN)978-1-5013-3837-3 (ISBN)978-1-5013-3838-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-21 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
Bröndum, L. & Kristensen, L. (2019). Work in Improvised Music: Playbour, Improvisation and Neo-liberalism. PARSE Journal (9)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Work in Improvised Music: Playbour, Improvisation and Neo-liberalism
2019 (English)In: PARSE Journal, ISSN 1611-1052, E-ISSN 2002-0953, no 9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on a combination of theoretical and practical research. The purpose of this paper is to discuss digitalisation and its effect on music in relation to the concept of “playbour”. It combines theories of games and labour with the practices of improvisation in live electronic music and economy. We observe similarities between these two research fields, one of which is rooted in the social sciences and philosophy and the other in artistic composition and creative methodologies. Although we make no assessment on a possible causality in the chain of events between theory and practice, we do want to investigate a cross-disciplinary field that combines improvisation, game studies and the organisation of labour. These three fields all use the notion of play to convey different outcomes, which are valorised differently according to the concepts of labour applied. The world of fine art and music composition has in the past been associated with that of game and play,1 and both have been seen as socially formative and educational for the participants. But, as we will argue, it is in our current digital economy that computer games, music production and organisation of work have converged as part of the neo-liberal economy. We will argue that the neo-liberal digital economy flattens the spectrum of musical performance so that it resembles modern play in computer games or in work life. As a consequence of this, improvised music in particular is devalued and the players degraded to immaterial labourers without wage compensation. Our aim is to question how improvisation is valued according to the digital economy, which does not duly compensate musicians for their labour. How can we see musical improvisation as a form of labour that is reduced to modern forms of play? What is it that produces wealth and value in improvised music?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: University of Gothenburg & Platform for Artistic Research Sweden, 2019
Keywords
work, music, playbour, neoliberalism, improvisation
National Category
Musicology Music
Research subject
Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16876 (URN)
Available from: 2019-05-09 Created: 2019-05-09 Last updated: 2019-09-30Bibliographically approved
(2018). Chimera Cadence. Antennae Media
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Chimera Cadence
2018 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Gothic concept originates from comments I often get when I play live, “You should write music for horror movies!”  Intrigued by the idea I composed this suite of music that is inspired by the moods of Gothic horror fiction, art and architecture. Imagery of crumbling medieval castles ornamented with bizarre chimeras.  In dimly lit chambers and dungeons, themes of the supernatural, horror, decadence and madness unfold.Inspired by Charles Baudelaire, William Blake, de Sade, Edgar Allan Poe, Goya, Clark Ashton Smith etc.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Antennae Media, 2018
National Category
Music
Research subject
Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16681 (URN)
Available from: 2019-03-06 Created: 2019-03-06 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved
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