‘I’ll record it...let me just try to understand how I hold the microphone on the bass’: From live performance to DIY during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken everyday life. In the music scene, the criminalization of nightlife has led to a drastic reduction in live music (Nofre et al., 2020), and artistic professionals, like other gig-workers, found themselves in a position of vulnerability (Jean, 2020). But it was not only the performances that were affected by social distance: conditioned access to studios also made rehearsals and recordings difficult. In this context, access to technology has become indispensable. When musicians are wondering “how can I monetize online?” (Nobre, 2020), DIY is an alternative to consider. Composing and recording at home for later dissemination is a means of passing the time, preserving the perception of productivity and contribution to society, maintaining a close relationship with audiences and still get some income on streaming platforms. This study uses an ethnographic approach that combines participant observation and semi-structured interviews, to address the relationship between technology and creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKeep it Simple, Make it Fast!
Subtitle of host publicationAn approach to underground music scenes (vol. 5)
EditorsPaula Guerra, Sofia Sousa
Place of PublicationPorto
PublisherUniversidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras
Pages367-370
Number of pages3
Volume5
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-8969-41-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventKeep It Simple, Make It Fast!: DIY Cultures and Global Challenges - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 7 Jul 202110 Jul 2021
https://www.kismifconference.com

Conference

ConferenceKeep It Simple, Make It Fast!
Abbreviated titleKISMIF 2021
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period7/07/2110/07/21
Internet address

Keywords

  • Music
  • COVID-19
  • Confinement
  • Online
  • DIY

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