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

Skipping the tracks. The experience of musical improvisation online

Published May 6, 2016
  • improvisation,
  • musical ontology,
  • listening,
  • online
How to Cite
Zanetti, R. (2016). Skipping the tracks. The experience of musical improvisation online. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 9(1), 71-86. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-18235


The present article aims at analyzing the social and ontological effects of listening music online, with particular attention to the artistic practice of improvisation. In the first paragraph, I will briefly explain the essential concepts which ontology of music has traditionally counted on, and I will suggest an alternative theoretical approach, that I define as ontology of musical act. Then I will investigate the relation between recording practices and improvisation. In the final paragraph I will compare some features of musical recordings (suggested by Andrew Kania) with those of technological devices that allow us to listen music online.


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