Technology and Ownership amongst “World Music” Practitioners: Ongoing Debates in a Globalizing World


  • Andrew Alter Macquarie University
  • Denis Crowdy Macquarie University
  • Stephen Collins Macquarie University



music industries, neoliberalism, ownership, studio practice, technoculture


The Introduction to the special issue identifies the overarching themes that frame the collection of articles within the volume. The actions and creations of musical practitioners not only demonstrate how technology is an integral part of the creative process, but also how different cultural circumstances create widely divergent attitudes towards musical ownership. In addition, the very nature of technology itself calls into question just what it is that is “owned”. Different stories from different cultural contexts reveal ongoing anxieties associated with technology and ownership. These stories demonstrate how, in a globalizing world, conventional notions of creative practice and ownership are concepts that are increasingly destabilized by musical practice itself.

Author Biographies

Andrew Alter, Macquarie University

Andrew Alter is Associate Dean of Higher Degree Research and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney. His primary research is focused on traditional and popular music in India and Indonesia as well as world music practice in Australia.

Denis Crowdy, Macquarie University

Denis Crowdy is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Before hat, he taught music at the University of Papua New Guinea for nine years. His research has explored Melanesian stringband, popular music and the nature of the music industry in the region. He is currently completing a book exploring the music of Papua New Guinean band Sanguma and the postcolonial politics of identity through music.

Stephen Collins, Macquarie University

Steve Collins is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University. His research focuses on disruption in the media industries, copyright law and creativity. Steve is the co-author of Beyond 2.0: The Future of Music (Equinox, 2014).


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How to Cite

Alter, A., Crowdy, D., & Collins, S. (2015). Introduction: Technology and Ownership amongst “World Music” Practitioners: Ongoing Debates in a Globalizing World. Journal of World Popular Music, 2(1), 8–18.



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