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Mikael Olesen & Jens Petersen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


With a focus on indie culture this master thesis explores how indie cultural values and dogmas are communicated via the visual aesthetics in musical live sessions in Denmark. It examines how indie cultural values are communicated, and if these values and dogmas are superseded or altered in the visual communication. This study addresses an issue concerning a lack of knowledge on how indie culture is constituted in today’s musical landscape. The issue surrounding this is that indie culture is not considered in terms of how it is maintained and how it constantly evolves with its cultural creations. This thesis investigates how live sessions as a specific cultural production communicate indie cultural values via visual aesthetical expression. This thesis uses an abductive research methodology to understand this matter. Three different Danish live session concepts have been examined by utilising the analytical framework of Lisbeth Thorlacius’ theory on visual communication together with an in-depth discussion of indie culture in a historical and contemporary perspective. The investigation has been further supplemented by five qualitative interviews with both the makers of the live sessions and musicians involved with the live session trend as a whole. The results are an analytical division of the visual communication of the live sessions into five elements: the visual architecture of the website, the band, the music, location, recording and production. These individual components are analyzed to detect the communication of indie cultural values within. The conclusion suggests that indie cultural values are communicated through elements of the visual aesthetics in live sessions. This is done through the visual architecture on the websites. The lo-fi performance of the bands and the music being played live and in one-take further communicate values that are central to indie culture. The locations, the recordings, and productions similarly express indie cultural values

UddannelserKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 aug. 2010
VejledereSanne Knudsen


  • indie
  • Fonarow
  • kvalitativ
  • live session
  • Thorlacius
  • æstetik
  • Thornton
  • abduktiv
  • kultur
  • Visuel kommunikation
  • musik
  • værdier
  • interview
  • kommunikation