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Online Music Sites as Sonic Sociotechnical Communities: Identity, Reputation, and Technology at ACIDplanet.com

Trevor Pinch and Katherine Athanasiades

in The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195388947
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195388947.013.0101

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Online Music Sites as Sonic Sociotechnical Communities: Identity, Reputation, and Technology at ACIDplanet.com

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This article focuses upon one form of digital music making that is created and shared among Internet users. Websites dedicated to this new form of musical production and consumption are generally part of social networking sites which may include the uploading and downloading of music as a feature. This article particularly deals with a website called “ACIDplanet”, in which much of the music is made by a special software program, ACID. This software turns a computer into a digital recording studio and enables users to make music by downloading repetitive samples of music, known as “loops.” The article presents an ethnographic study (conducted 2005–2007) of the working of this online music site. It is particularly concerned with three themes: how reputations are achieved in this online world, how musical identities are negotiated, and how much is in common between the online and offline world of musical identities and reputations.

Keywords: digital music making; Internet; ACIDplanet; digital recording; online music

Article.  10623 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Sound Studies ; Applied Music

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