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  • Does obsessive documentation diminish the enjoyment of first-hand experiences?
  • Does obsessive documentation diminish the enjoyment of first-hand experiences?
    Ian T. McFarland, Creative Commons (2011) ©
CASE STUDY

Soundhalo: redressing the live experience

The urge to document concerts is often prioritised over the experience itself, affecting the atmosphere for performers and fans alike. Video app Soundhalo offers the best of both worlds.

Location United Kingdom

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“Put that s**t away,” implores a sign pasted to a venue door in New York, referencing the inevitable appearance of camera phones during the upcoming show. American indie band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are about to begin their set, and fiery frontwoman Karen O is keen for the audience to get the message. Encouraging fans to “snap away” during the first few minutes, she then reiterates “put those motherf***ers away,” to a response of almost-total obedience. [1]

The three-piece are one of a number of acts who have joined with fans to make a stand against ...

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