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From Home-Studios to Mobile Phones: Recent Trends in Popular Music Recording and Sharing in Papua New Guinea

Issue: Vol 6 No. 2 (2019)

Journal: Journal of World Popular Music

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DOI: 10.1558/jwpm.36114

Abstract:

This article explores changes in home-based recording contexts in Papua New Guinea to highlight the ways that digital recording and communication technologies become embedded in localized social practices. It seeks to contribute to the emerging discourse in ethnomusicology about new technologies, local agency and cultural diversity. The research is informed by ethnography undertaken with urban music producers, and explores the impact of mobile phonebased music sharing, as well as the dissemination of music through social media. The article problematizes notions of homogenization in the context of indigenous music recording practices, and contributes to an emerging discourse on musical cultures in the Pacific that positions local popular music as a constituent part of local social relations. I conclude by considering how technological disruptions represent new possibilities for understanding the ways that cultures embed technologies in the context of music recording and production.

Author: Oli Wilson

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