Music in the post-normal times

by Anu Ahola, Anna Dantchev, Riikka Hiltunen, Santeri Kaipiainen, Matti Nives, Wif Stenger

In FMQ Special Feature 4/2021, we take a look at the potential futures of music. Ecological reconstruction is an urgent priority, technology is everywhere, the economic system is in flux, and populations are ageing and diversifying. What are the impacts of these trends on the music industry? How can we reconcile touring and the climate crisis? How can we make vinyl record manufacturing ecologically more sustainable? And will we soon all be a vast family of avatars immersed in interactive musical experiences?

Featured illustration: Kati Närhi