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date: 14 April 2021

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With the concept of virtuality being both complex and constantly evolving, it is unlikely that any handbook can provide a definite answer to the question, “What is the relationship between virtuality and music?” The pivotal question is not “What is real/actual?” or “What is virtual?” but rather the extent to which the experience of mediation is virtual. This volume aims to stimulate debate on the expanding domain of music, and how digital technologies have influenced our understanding of such concepts as musicianship, creativity, the role of composer, performer, producer, fan, their sociocultural connections, and virtual alliance. Differences in approach—including disciplinary perspective, theoretical position, research methodology, and shifts in tone—reflect both the backgrounds of our authors and their understanding of virtuality in relation to music making; the Handbook brings together leading scholars in the field, recent doctoral research of a new generation, and established academics.

Keywords: virtuality, music, mediation, pre-digital, digital technology, musicianship, composer, performer, producer, fan

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