Re-actioning: reading and writing sonic fictions on the internet

Findlay-Walsh, I. (2022) Re-actioning: reading and writing sonic fictions on the internet. Riffs, 6(1), pp. 17-26.

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This essay presents a collage of free-floating notes, thoughts, quotes, memes, YouTube comments on the reception of pop music on the internet. Content and questioning concern music reaction videos on YouTube, centring on my (Iain's) engagement with a particular online reaction - that of YouTuber ‘TCtheTopCat’ as they film themselves listening and responding to the track 'Reborn', from the eponymous 2018 album ‘Kids See Ghosts’. As audiovisual, autobiographical narratives, what kind of accounts and experiences do music reaction videos instigate and circulate? What kind of reactions do they action and re-action? How do concepts of 'otobiography' (Derrida) and 'sonic fiction' (Eshun) help towards understanding these online music experiences, iterations, exchanges? How do music reaction videos extend logics of autobiographical signing and countersigning already present in processes of music production and reception? To what extent do my musical listening, my engagement with reaction videos, and my writing about these things here in this zine / journal, constitute instances of my 'commodification of difference' (hooks)?

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Music reception, personal listening, otobiographies, autobiography, popular music, internet music, music reaction video.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Findlay-Walsh, Dr Iain
Authors: Findlay-Walsh, I.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Riffs
Publisher:Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
ISSN (Online):2513-8537
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Riffs 6(1): 17-26
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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