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Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow: A Collection of Papers from the 2012 IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference
The concept of ‘flow’ is essential for understanding the fluidity, flux and diffusion of contemporary media and culture. Flow reveals the complexities of contemporary cultural production, consumption and participation. It also illuminates the ways in which ideas, information, culture and technology are exchanged and imbued with meaning and power.
The concept of flow has been influential in the work of Appadurai (1990) and Castells (1996), and in more recent writing on media and convergence cultures. Questions of musical flow, however, remain an under-explored area. This conference includes papers that consider the role of music in the facilitation and disruption of media and cultural flow. In doing so, it considers music as something that moves between, and within, different spaces, places, texts, communities and technologies.