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Quarantine Concerts

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on society with much social interaction occurring over the internet. Musicians and concert organizers responded rapidly to the social distancing measures and turned the internet into their new concert hall. The Quarantine Concerts project aims to explore the social and emotional effects of virtual concerts.

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In collaboration with the Kama Muta Lab and industry partners across the globe, we are collecting survey responses from concert-goers.

If you are interested in joining our list of industry partners, please contact Dana Swarbrick.

Main research topics

The questions that this project aims to explore are: 

  • What is the importance of "liveness" in a virtual concert?
  • Can audiences still feel connected to the performer and each other in this virtual environment?
  • What aspects of the virtual concert influence audience members' engagement, interaction, and social experience?
  • What aspects of the virtual concert make people feel moved?

Industry Partners

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Artist Partners

Alex Whorms

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We invited anyone who has recently watched at least 15 minutes of a live-streamed or pre-recorded concert to participate in this survey.

During the study, you will be asked to complete several questions regarding the last online concert you experienced. Participation in the study is voluntary, and you need to be 18 or older in order to participate. The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. At the end, you will be able to take part in a lottery in which you can win 1 out of 20 vouchers (20 USD/20 EUR/200 NOK value). You can withdraw your consent to participate in the study at any time and without stating any particular reason. The only information that is retained about you are the answers that you give in the questionnaire; no identifiable information, such as your IP address, is saved.

Where will the results be published?

The findings of the study will be published in a research article in a scientific open-access journal. The results will also be presented at international scientific conferences.

Published May 8, 2020 11:32 AM - Last modified July 23, 2020 4:11 PM


Dana Swarbrick

Data collection is now closed and results will be released in September 2020