Perspectives on Digital Music

Perspectives on Digital Music
May 2010
Produced by: 
Sound and Music and Netaudio London

At the turn of the new decade, SAM and Netaudio London (Cenatus CIC) are taking account on how their audiences are using the Internet for the creation and consumption of music. With this research project the two organisations aim to highlight current user behaviour and hope to make a first forecast on what is to come next in the field of music facilitated by digital media.

The core of this research involved talking to leading figures across the digital music landscape, each of them discussing the change that is occurring in their particular area and how this affected the creative process and output.

1. Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO of SoundCloud on sharing as a driver for creating music
2. Bryan McDade of Minus on engaging audiences with new technologies
3. Colin Newman of the bands Wire and Githead on DIY culture in music and the Internet 
4. Conor Roche of the Roundhouse, London on venues in physical and online spaces 
5. John Kieffer, Creative Director of Sound and Music, on creativity and technology in beta version 
6. John Matthias, Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, University of Plymouth, on artificial neurons and music
7. Rachel Baker, online radio pioneer and Arts Council England, on creative and social interaction before web2.0
8. Marc Garrett of on online arts communities and activism 
9. Sean Adams, of Drowned in Sound, on online communities and music distribution
10. Prof. Simon Emmerson, De Montfort University on live computer music 
11. Thorsten Sdeb0ard of Highpoint Lowlife on how the internet can affect independent labels
12. Alex McLean on networked of Slub, LePlacard London and Dorkbot London on live music performances


Music excerpt from Amid The Blaze of Noon by The Village Orchestra. Graphics by Patricia Nimo.


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