Digital Economy USRG

Digitalisation not Dematerialisation: The Musical Artefact in the Digital Age

March 4, 2012
by Graeme Earl

Nicola Dibben (University of Sheffield) will be talking on Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 3.15 pm in Building 2 / Room 1083 about “Digitalisation not Dematerialisation: The Musical Artefact in the Digital Age”

“Digitalisation has brought profound changes to the way people make, use, and acquire music. Inthis paper I examine the future of the musical artefact through a case study of Björk’s 2011 album and app suite “Biophilia”—the first music album by a major pop icon to be released as a set of interactive iPad/iPhone apps, and a project I contributed to. Björk exploits audiovisual material and the high production values of material artefacts, yet she is also one of the first to adopt the new technologies ­ here the app suite as alternative to the album. Biophilia represents a good case study to examine the consequences and opportunities of digitalisation for music: the creation of new formats and their implications for modes of listening, stratification of the market for physical artefacts, the role of extramusical materials, implications for the expression of a unified artistic vision, unification of digital and material copy, and new opportunities for musical learning.”

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