Jeff Stevensons The Full Speed Tea Offering: Technology, Community, and Performance at the Berklee School of Music

Nick Reeder



Digital technologies have a profound affect on the music of young jazz musicians who combine jazz with experimental music, electronic dance music, rock, and other genres. Internet music sites, in particular, facilitate a dynamic, self-reinforcing dialog between musicians and audience that affects composition, performance and reception. As young musicians acquire the technical skills to distribute their music digitally on the web, they increasingly use technology as a vehicle for defining and maintaining socio-musical activities and building community.

Berklee students often locate meaning in composition and performance practices that culminate in front of an audience. Jeff Stevenson, in particular, describes collective, improvisatory practices as fusing personal and musical communication, and states that performance experiences are the ends for which the application of knowledge-based technology are pursued. Through examining technologically mediated dialog about performances in combination with digital representations of these performances, I argue that material-based digital technologies also mediate the production of music. Through the internet, digital representations of music become inextricably embedded in conceptual discourse about music, so that live performance itself can be seen as technologically mediated.

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