Music in the Cloud in Russia: the Problematics of Value

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Grigory D. Goldenzwaig

PhD in Philology, Researcher at Sodertorn University, Stockholm, Sweden


Section: New Media

The article presents early insights from an ongoing study of music cultures among young audiences in Moscow and Stockholm. The cross-cultural study focuses on the impact of the Internet on music use and meanings of music in everyday life. The study reveals that the music-related activities in Russia are majorly concentrated on the social networking website VKontakte. Practices related to this and other plat­forms form complex folksonomies of online and offline listening and communication, intertwined with experiences of live music.

Keywords: music, social media, media consumption, materiality, media economy