Music Radio Remediated for the Stream-Based Music Use

Bidragets oversatte titel: Musik Radio som format remedieret til streambaseret musikbrug

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What do music radio and music streaming have in common? The curated flow of music. Radio is featured in the main section of the Spotify user interface. Apple employs radio host for their streaming service, Apple Music. Music streaming and music radio seem closely related. Even in their use of playlists, which govern their flow. Any given flow in the form of a radio show or an accessed stream, is traditionally constituted and regulated by a playlist.
When viewed as formats the role of radio and playlists can be interrogated as remediations for the digital music era. In rudimentary terms, the format is the form used to present music content. Alongside this simple regulation of content the format constitutes complex reformulations of previous concepts of music media and music technology. As exemplified in todays stream-based music use it is possible to develop a theory of radio as a format based on the remediation of both the constituent playlist and the radio. The playlist is a format within another format, the radio.
Stream-based music use conveniently remediates both radio and playlists to re-commodify the interaction with music content. If radio curating is relevant among users of music streaming services, how is the streaming radio format different in its algorithmically auto-generated state now featuring possibilities for instantaneous interaction? To answer this it will be necessary to conceptualise music radio as a contributing format in today’s stream-based music use. With this, I aim to investigate what a theory of radio as a digital format could add to the further studies of the socio-cultural, practical, and material multiplicities of music radio.
My aim is also to further develop the theoretical notion of the format within media studies and sound studies. I propose this theoretical contribution with reference to several empirical studies of everyday music streaming use and the fact that radio holds a significant position as both a stand-alone medium and as a contributing format within streaming music use. Why else does Spotify provide radio(s) and Apple Music likewise employ human radio hosts?
Bidragets oversatte titelMusik Radio som format remedieret til streambaseret musikbrug
Publikationsdato27 maj 2017
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 27 maj 2017
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedMusic Sound Radio: Theorizing Music Radio: Ramund Forskningsprojekt - DGI Byen, København, Danmark
Varighed: 25 maj 201727 maj 2017


SeminarMusic Sound Radio: Theorizing Music Radio
LokationDGI Byen