Distant Music : An autoethnographic study of global songwriting in the digital age
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Original versionSimmenes, S. (2020) Distant Music : An autoethnographic study of global songwriting in the digital age (Master's thesis). University of Agder, Kristiansand.
This thesis aims to explore the path to music creation and shed a light on how we may maneuver songwriting and music production in the digital age. As a songwriter in 2020, my work varies from being in the same physical room using digital communication with collaborators from different cultures and sometimes even without ever meeting face to face with the person I'm making music with. In this thesis I explore some of the opportunities and challenges of this process and shine a light on tendencies and trends in the field. As an autoethnographic research project, this thesis offers an insight into the songwriting process and continuous development of techniques by myself as a songwriter in the digital age, working both commercially and artistically with international partners across the world. The thesis will aim to supplement knowledge on current working methods in songwriting and will hopefully shine a light on how one may improve as a songwriter and topliner in the international market. We will explore the tools and possibilities available to us, while also reflecting upon what challenges and complications one may encounter as a songwriter in the digital age.
Master's thesis in Popular music (MUR502)