Digital shimmer: popular music and the intimate nexus between fan and star

Cinque, Toija 2015, Digital shimmer: popular music and the intimate nexus between fan and star. In Marshall, P. D. and Redmond, S. (ed), Companion to Celebrity (Studies), Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, Eng., pp.440-455.

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Title Digital shimmer: popular music and the intimate nexus between fan and star
Author(s) Cinque, ToijaORCID iD for Cinque, Toija
Title of book Companion to Celebrity (Studies)
Editor(s) Marshall, P. D.
Redmond, S.
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 24
Start page 440
End page 455
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley Blackwell
Place of Publication Chichester, Eng.
Keyword(s) Popular Music
Audience and Reception Studies
Fan Cultures
Stardom and Celebrity
Celebrity Studies
Summary Conception of ‘star performance’ through popular music is stratified which generates diverse and often contradictory forms of thought. For example, stars and celebrities plausibly act as a ‘culture medium’ in which, through imagination, one’s identity is assembled, realised or constructed. What to become and how to be are questions we individually and collectively contend with throughout our lives to varying degrees (Maslow, 1954; 1968). Predominant use of digital technologies has seen the delivery of sound much altered. Music, be it Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata or Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast, once sourced via analogue legacy devices such as ‘old-school’ tape cassette or vinyl record is now a series of zero and one digits. Advocates argue that the key benefit of digitalisation is the ability to compress data because sound generates large files of information. The discourse of digitalisation begs the question of how a series of ones and zeros, albeit in a plethora of configurations, registers with listening bodies and affects ‘the sublime’. It is without doubt that some musical experiences afford indescribable, unlocatable sensation—even enchantment (as defined by Bennett, 2001: 5 and called forth by Redmond: 2014: 126). Such musical experiences might be in the presence of the performer or in their absence such as in the case of recorded music. In this context, any sense of ’real’ space and place is less definitive allowing for ‘special encounters’ to be imagined and felt. For these reasons, music and all that the use of the word might convey, the proposed notion of phaino-ken here, acts as the lens through which to examine the meaning and value of celebrity and star embodiment.
ISBN 9781118475010
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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