Music, Media, and Mentalization

  • Yngvar Kjus
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)


Concerts have often been regarded as animated and alive, as opposed to fixed and eternal (and dead) recordings. This chapter points to ways in which the rise of digital technologies has challenged this dichotomy and related notions of the temporal and spatial chasms between the live and the recorded. To begin to unpack the newly evolving relationship between live and recorded music, it promotes the study of musical subjects and their engagement with music—an approach that is crucial to grasping the contemporary formation of musical objects as well. The chapter demonstrates that this approach should not be solely relational and sociological; it should also encompass perceptual and psychological aspects of the music experience, such as the ability to create and perceive links between actions and sounds, and to interpret what others are thinking and feeling based on their musical activities.


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  • Yngvar Kjus
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  1. 1.Department of Media and CommunicationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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