Sonidos y silencios en la ciudad digitalprácticas tecnológicas y espacios sonoros

  1. Miranda Suárez, María J. 1
  2. González García, Marta I. 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


Teknokultura: Revista de Cultura Digital y Movimientos Sociales

ISSN: 1549-2230

Year of publication: 2020

Issue Title: Capitalismo digital

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Pages: 214-223

Type: Article

DOI: 10.5209/TEKN.69265 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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Drawing on recent developments at the intersection of Sound Studies and Science and Technology studies, this paper analyzes the mutual shaping processes between the digital music industry and consumer identities in urban settings, dominated by uncertainty, fear, and increasing individualization. Kun's concept of audiotopia (2015) is used to analyze the private sound spaces generated by musical listening practices mediated by digital technologies. However, while for Kun audiotopias are open spaces where new possibilities can be imagined, we argue that they result in conflicts and contradictions within the framework of digital capitalism. Finally, three paradoxes of these urban audiotopias are identified, related to the systems of surveillance and control of digital consumption, the disarticulation of activisms, and the predesigned supply of identities respectively. The multistability or flexibility of the sociotechnical articulations in which these paradoxes occur allows for the exploration of new paths and the visibility of new alternative urban audiotopias.

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