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Popular Music in the age of the internet


How has the internet changed music music production, and the listening experience?

What do comments, discussion boards and public playlists reveal about the consumption of popular music?

How do musicians and performers make a living in the internet age?

What is the relationship between digital and live music?

Does streaming represent the way forward for music?

Why has vinyl had a return to popularity?

Has commodification overtaken artistry in contemporary music?

Core Reading

Steve Jones, 'Music and the Internet' in Mia Consalvo and Charles Ess (eds.), The Handbook of Internet Studies (2011), pp.440-51 [ebook]

'Is It All Over For The Album?', Daily Telegraph, 31 July 1914 by Mick Brown

SUTHERLAND, M. 2016: The year streaming broke. Music Week. 13-16, Jan. 16, 2017. ISSN: 02651548.

R. Bennett, 'Live Concerts and Fan Idenity in the Age of the Internet', in Angela Cresswell Jones and Rebecca Jane Bennett (eds.)The Digital Evolution of Live Music (2016), pp.3-15 [Ebook]

'UK Vinyl sales reach 25 year high',

Further Reading

Online Music research starter

Patrick Burkart, Music Culture : Music and Cyberliberties (2010) [ebook]

Oscar Celma, Music recommendation and discovery : the long tail, long fail, and long play in the digital music space (2011)

Encabo, Enrique. (2015). Reinventing Sound: Music and Audiovisual Culture (2015) [ebook]

Ben Ratliff, Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to listen to music (2016)

Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth (eds), A new companion to digital humanities (2016)

Aram Sinnreich, The piracy crusade : how the music industry's war on sharing destroys markets and erodes civil liberties (2013)

Jeremy Wade, Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture (2015)

Stephen Witt, How music got free : what happens when an entire generation commits the same crime? (2015)

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