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Sounding the network: The body as disturbant

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  • This Paper Investigates The Network As A Site For Music Performance
  • In Particular
  • The Net’S Performative Conditions With The Tightly Linked Notion Of Community Are Exposed Through
  • The Paper Provides A Brief Cultural Overview Of The Development Of The <Br/>Network Metaphor Before
  • Communication
  • Musicology


Microsoft Word - DA_schroeder-rebelo.doc Vol 16 Issue 4 – 5 Page 1 of 10 Leonardo Electronic Almanac Vol 16 Issue 4 – 5 Last updated on 20 May 2009 1 Sounding the Network: The Body as Disturbant Franziska Schroeder Sonic Arts Research Centre Queen's University Belfast BT7 1NN Tel. 028 9097 1024 Email: [email protected] Pedro Rebelo Sonic Arts Research Centre Queen's University Belfast BT7 1NN Tel. 028 9097 5406 Email: [email protected] Keywords Network Music Performance, The Body, The Disturbant, The Glance Abstract This paper investigates the network as a site for music performance; in particular, the net’s performative conditions with the tightly linked notion of community are exposed through the medium of music as an intrinsic social practice. The paper provides a brief cultural overview of the development of the network metaphor before problematizing perspectival views of the network. By reflecting on the development of social web environments and its fragmentary nature, the authors examine the scattered viewpoints that characterize the network. The authors question the idealized view of an all-connectedness and position the human body as an interrupter of the network. In this line of thinking, the idealized models of connectivity and communication of the network become questioned. Instead, the authors look toward music performance and propose a re-thinking of this communication model and argue for a framework that, contrary to the often holistic approach to performing in the net, favors glances, fragments and desires. Networks as Culture In the age of technological omnipotence, digital connectivity and the promise of unlimited possibilities, being ‘networked’ has become a fashionable state, being in the ‘network’ a favored place of existence. The network is a culturally intriguing conditio

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