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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.

Quarantine Concerts Webpage Photo: Fluorescent sound wave overlayed on a map of the world.

Poster by Dana Swarbrick // World Map Designed by Evening_Tao / Freepik

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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Media coverage

Read an article featuring the study on NRK here.

Listen on NRK radio here.

Read an article in Apollon here

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 Sep. 19, 2020 9:22 AM


Dana Swarbrick

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