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Faire compter la musique. Comment recomposer le live à travers le numérique (Sofar Sounds, 2017-2020)

Abstract : Sofar Sounds is an organization that produces "secret shows in unconventional spaces" in over 400 cities around the world. Facing the rise of streaming platforms, the gigantism of the live industry and what they identify as a devaluation of music, Sofar Sounds aims to create spaces where music matters. This thesis aims to capture this venture by providing an account of how Sofar Sounds shapes music, its audience, their relationships, and the world they require. This thesis is based on an ethnographic inquiry conducted from 2017 to 2020 in Paris, Geneva, and London. Drawing on popular music studies, economic sociology, and science and technology studies, it describes what happens at a Sofar Sounds event. The investigation follows the ramifications of these events. The different chapters successively describe the way musicians play music, the building of an audience, the organization of the concerts, the transformation of the venue into a music venue, the production of videos from the performances, the remuneration of the artists and the development of the company into a venture capital-backed start-up. Thus, I show that the organization of the events reproblematizes not only what a concert is, but also the modes of presence of music and economization live performances, in the sense of building their economy. The thesis contributes to an ethnographic and pragmatic approach to the cultural industries that focuses on the production of culture while taking the thickness of the experiences they produce seriously. It provides a discussion of the digital futures of culture around notions such as the platform, the experience economy or branding. It also participates in questioning the entanglements under the label of Music Tech of cultural production with new ways of building economy (start-ups, venture capital).
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Loïc Riom. Faire compter la musique. Comment recomposer le live à travers le numérique (Sofar Sounds, 2017-2020). Sociologie. Université Paris sciences et lettres, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021UPSLM026⟩. ⟨tel-03435149⟩



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