“No moshing, no crowdsurfing, no Monkey Business”- a local band’s take on their live music experience.

(Ego Monkey)

In the scope of this digital storytelling project I have decided to pursue a collaborative-ethnographic approach through the format of an online video posted on YouTube, to eventually be embedded within a blog post with an accompanying reflection.

Through several weeks of consideration and external research I have decided to cover music as my media, concert venues/public spaces as my place and concert attendees as the audience. The video will specifically rely on my own experience with music, and that of local Sutherland Shire band, Ego Monkey. The short film will specifically cover topics of the experience of small venues in comparison to larger spaces, the restrictions and difficulties in both playing and broadcasting music in public and briefly refer to the band’s experience of being in a band vs being a member of an audience.

Research referred to through this film will include that of a report by the UK’s Music Venue Trust,  Music Victoria’s annual live music reports and David Kirk’s ‘The Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement’. Background research by organisations such as the PPCA, Music Rights Australia and the Oxford Journals Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice will also be included to provide relevant context and information towards the film, and demonstrate it’s contribution to existing research in the field.

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