Vol. 9 No. 1 (2016): Aesthetics of streaming

Listening to Music in the Digital Era

Published May 6, 2016
  • listening,
  • music production and reproduction,
  • new media,
  • technological music
How to Cite
Fronzi, G. (2016). Listening to Music in the Digital Era. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 9(1), 51-69. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-18234


In this paper, I examine the relationship between new technologies and listening, starting from a distinction between two different levels. The first concerns the role new technologies play in the “mere” reproduction and diffusion of music materials that are not necessarily classifiable in the category of the so-called “technological music”; the second concerns the listening modes unavoidably involved in the reception of a music product, due to its very nature. To this end I shall focus my attention on some elements that characterize both music production and reception: (1) historical development of the relationship between technology and music; (2) technologically mediated non-live listening; (3) technologically mediated live listening; (4) ontological oscillation in a musical work of art following its digitalization. These are issues that also bring into play aesthetics in a developmental stage of this discipline, in which a philosophical reflection on technological music may contribute to formulate – as J. Demers wrote – «a theory that acknowledges the interconnectedness of aesthetics with culture and society».


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