Digital Connectivity and Music Culture

Artists and Accomplices

  • Mary Beth Ray

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
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About this book


This book explores how the rise of widely available digital technology impacts the way music is produced, distributed, promoted, and consumed, with a specific focus on the changing relationship between artists and audiences. Through in-depth interviewing, focus group interviewing, and discourse analysis, this study demonstrates how digital technology has created a closer, more collaborative, fluid, and multidimensional relationship between artist and audience. Artists and audiences are simultaneously engaged with music through technology—and technology through music—while negotiating personal and social aspects of their musical lives. In light of consistent, active engagement, rising co-production, and collaborative community experience, this book argues we might do better to think of the audience as accomplices to the artist.

Mary Beth Ray is Assistant Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, USA.


Music Technology Artist-Audience Relationship Music Culture Digital Connectivity Digital Community Social Media co-production audience digital labor creative industries technology & society musicians

Authors and affiliations

  • Mary Beth Ray
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  1. 1.Department of Communication & Media StudiesPlymouth State UniversityPlymouthUSA

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