Coughing and Clapping: Investigating Audience Experience

1st Edition

Karen Burland, Stephanie Pitts

Routledge
Published November 8, 2016
Reference - 226 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138284586 - CAT# Y316870
Series: SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music

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Summary

Coughing and Clapping: Investigating Audience Experience explores the processes and experiences of attending live music events from the initial decision to attend through to audience responses and memories of a performance after it has happened. The book brings together international researchers who consider the experience of being an audience member from a range of theoretical and empirical perspectives. Whether enjoying a drink at a jazz gig, tweeting at a pop concert or suppressing a cough at a classical recital, audience experience is affected by motivation, performance quality, social atmosphere and group and personal identity. Drawing on the implications of these experiences and attitudes, the authors consider the question of what makes an audience, and argue convincingly for the practical and academic value of that question.

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