HungryVisuals to take part in Valuing Electronic Music event, 6 June

It’s now confirmed that the public event on 6 June (click here for the poster) will feature images from the Clubland project by HungryVisuals. One of the most interesting avenues that we’ve been exploring on the ethnographic side of the project is the embodied nature of valuing. Good DJs learn to read a crowd’s physical responses to music, for example. And different venues are characterised by different ways of physically expressing appreciation for the music played. The Clubland project is a unique attempt to document the London club scene through medium format photography, and as such it provides a powerful record of the embodiment of electronic music and its value.

Valuing Electronic Music (free event, 6 June, London)

Valuing Electronic Music

Upstairs at The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JB

6 June 2014
4.30-10pm
Admission free

Valuing Electronic Music is an ongoing study of electronic music and the people who value it, carried out by Daniel Allington (Open University), Anna Jordanous (King’s College, London), and Byron Dueck (Open University). Our work explores how the value of electronic music transcends economic value for producers, DJs, and audiences – and how geographical location continues to play a significant role in the recognition of musical value even where musical scenes become increasingly international (thanks in large part to websites such as SoundCloud). Such findings have implications for the careers of music-makers more generally.

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Programme for 6 June: Chad McKinney, Winterlight, and Slackk – plus Luis-Manuel Garcia and (naturally) us

We now have a programme for the Valuing Electronic Music event of 6 June 2014.

4.30 Doors open
5.30 Introduction
5.45 Music: Chad McKinney
6.30 Talk: Luis-Manuel Garcia
7.00 Music: Winterlight
7.45 Talk: Valuing Electronic Music
8.15 Music: Slackk
9.00 Panel: Chad McKinney (Glitch Lich), Tim Ingham (Winterlight), Paul Lynch (Slackk)
9.30 Thanks

There’s also now a page for the event on Facebook – shares would be much appreciated!

Valuing Electronic Music workshop

The Valuing Electronic Music workshop took place yesterday at the Open University’s London offices in Camden, with contributions from Kate Oakley, Nick Crossley, Maddy Radcliff, Simon Tanner, Charlotte Tupman, Alistair Willis, and Matthew Yee King as well as Anna, Byron, and myself. It was a great opportunity to share what we’ve found so far with an expert audience and get informed feedback on the project as a whole.

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Collecting and analysing data from SoundCloud

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.

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Research has begun!

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.

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We’re online!

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