Future Bodies, Future Music

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


This chapter reflects on several practices of music listening which have emerged in the past decade and which integrate virtual or mixed realities such as TheWaveVR and 3D mapping at live shows. By doing so, the chapter focuses on where music listening is located and, moreover, where it may continue to venture towards. The author proposes that popular music culture is seeing an emerging trend toward virtual and mixed reality technologies in music listening which play upon notions of ‘the real’ and a general concern with ‘immersion’. Most importantly, this work expounds on what this concern might tell us about the bodymind in the music listening experience and how this is experience continues to be produced by techné. The chapter offers that next-generation virtual reality and ‘mixed reality’ technologies reconstitute the somatechnic capacities of bodymind dynamics in listening practices in a way that foregrounds the site of the body as the ‘ground zero’ of all experiential exchange.


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

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