As >our qualitative research starts, so does our quantitative research. We have been collecting data from SoundCloud’s API (Application Programming Interface) which is the gateway to access SoundCloud’s data. We have also been updating the IF analysis code written by Daniel Allington for analysing network actions in Interactive Fiction communities, to make it useful for analysing what happens between users on SoundCloud. SoundCloud has made available an SDK (Software Development Kit) for Python and other programming languages, which is a set of functions and programs that we can use in our code to do things with SoundCloud data.
I’m happy to announce that qualitative research is now underway on the project! I conducted our first interview last Friday with a London-based producer of electronic music. It was a thought-provoking discussion, suggesting a number of avenues for the research ahead: on the one hand for the ethnographic components of our work and on the other for the kinds of data we might examine from SoundCloud. The members of the research team had some time to discuss the implications at this week’s meeting in Camden.
This is the project blog for ‘Online networks and the production of value in electronic music’, a research collaboration between the Open University and King’s College London. The project launched on 3 February 2014 with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the website officially goes live today. If you would like to find out more about the work we’re doing, have a look at the About page; to find out more about the individuals behind it, take a look at People. Check back or subscribe (see ‘follow’ widget below) for updates on how the research is going and what we’ve learnt so far.
Daniel Allington, Anna Jordanous, Byron Dueck