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New Media and Music Products: “Any Place and Any Time” - The Digital Concert Hall in a Media Geographical Perspective

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The Internet is often associated with “a placeless world, (…) and a form of realitygrounded in technology rather than nature” (Adams 2009, 115). Many commentatorsargue that the combination of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) andcyberspace disrupts a number of factors that underpin traditional forms of cultural andsocial interaction and thus the relationship between place, community and identity.”(Dodge & Kitchen 2001, 33) Moreover, an argument often heard is that media are not ableto reproduce a unique moment tied to a particular site; therefore media (no matterwhether they are analog or digital) are not able to transmit cultural events such as aconcert without losing its specific “aura” (Benjamin). The case of the Digital Concert Hall(DCH) by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra challenges these arguments. The DCH is a virtualplace and communication platform that offers a “quasi authentic concert experience on ahome computer” (Kolbe 2009, 12). However, the DCH is extremely bounded to theconcrete place of the concert hall in Berlin mainly due to the technology installed in thehall. In this paper, I will argue that the virtual place of the DCH is a new media initiativefrom the classical music scene that is not placeless, neither it is weakening the physicalplace of the concert hall in Berlin. Rather, the virtual platform DCH is strengthening thephysical place as well as the brand Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Birgit Stöber

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8253

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