Liveness in the Age of Digitization

  • Laura Glitsos
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)


This chapter elucidates the various ways in which we might imagine new distinctions (or lack thereof) between liveness and mediatization in the post-millennium digital context by applying theoretical perspectives of somatechnics to certain live music listening practices. The chapter argues that there are certain technics which bring forth and produce listening pleasure, functioning with and within the somatic. Namely, there is a focus on: The technics of time and its significance in the production of liveness and authenticity; the somatechnics of dance as it functions to embody music listening; and the somatechnics of vocality as it functions in the live music space as a vibratory technology. Finally, through the use of Derrida’s work on ‘teletechnology,’ the author examines the emergence of camera phone technology in reshaping, recrafting and reimagining new understandings of liveness, presence and actuality in the realm of live concerts and how those new understandings might be wrought with the language of the body and somatechnics.


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  • Laura Glitsos
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  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesEdith Cowan UniversityPerthAustralia

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