Italian Amateur Pop-Rock Musicians on Facebook: Mixed Methods and New Findings in Music Making Research

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Abstract

This chapter investigates how and why amateur musicians use social networkingsites, employing a mixed-methods approach. Attention is focused on four big ItalianFacebook communities of pop-rock musicians: drums, bass, guitar, and keyboardplayers (overall, 2,101 active users), analyzing the relational and textual data extractedfrom the web. The chapter analyzes the network structures emerging from the interactionsamong the users. It also identifies and maps the main areas of discussion(sound shaping, studio recording, marketplace, musical references, computer production,and relations) and the latent semantic dimension characterizing Facebookusers’ activities, through social network analysis and lexical correspondence analysis.Meanings, values, aesthetics, and representations of amateur music making, emergingfrom the data, are framed within two orthogonal dimensions: theory versus praxis,and competence versus music production. The Italian singularity is then explainedwith respect to this space. Some theoretical conclusions are finally drawn.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteThe Oxford Handbook of MUSIC MAKING AND LEISURE
Pagine491-518
Numero di pagine28
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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