Live is Live: Liveness in the Livestreamed Performance of Electronic Music at GÂRDEN
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Liveness is an important factor in both the performance of electronic music and livestreamed concerts. This thesis looks into the way liveness in a livestreamed performance of electronic music can be increased. Although a livestreamed concert should not be compared to a physical concert, some theories on liveness in the physical performance of electronic music also apply to digital performance. One of the major influences on liveness in both modes of performance is the amount of visual agency, as the audience should be able to connect visual cues to sonic elements. In livestreamed concerts, interactivity and intimacy are elements that can increase the liveness and make it a unique experience. This thesis discusses two case studies of livestreaming platform GÂRDEN that underline the importance of visual agency and show how it can influence the matter of liveness of the performance. They also show how the cameras can influence the visual agency both positively and negatively. The case studies also include an effective and a less effective attempt at interactivity and intimacy, showing the difficulties of turning a livestreamed performance of electronic music into a unique experience.