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57409-01 - Seminar: Music, Power and Digital Technology 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Maria Eriksson (maria.eriksson@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The aim of this seminar is to explore and critically discuss how digital technologies shape people’s ways of interacting with music online. Since the 1990s, the distribution of music has increasingly moved into the digital domain, and music applications such as Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube now play a significant role in regulating how audiences reach music. How are digital platforms for music similar and/or different from the distributive systems that came before them? What cultural ideas and norms are built into online services for music, and how do they shape listener’s ways of finding, enjoying, and engaging with music? What role does formats, protocols, and compression techniques play in deciding how music moves and circulates in the online domain? And what happens when important decisions regarding music are increasingly outsourced to algorithms, software technologies, and ‘intelligent’ machines? In the seminar, we will discuss topics such as the politics of music recommendation systems, the cultural and financial dynamics of music interface design, and the hidden means by which user data is monetized and transformed into value on online platforms for music. All seminars and writing assignments will be held in English.
Literatur Examples of readings (full syllabus will be provided shortly before the course starts):
- Eriksson, Maria et.al. 2019. Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music. Cambridge & London: MIT Press.
- Sterne, Jonathan. 2012. MP3: The Meaning of a Format. Durham & London: Duke University Press.
- Morris, Jeremy W. 2015. Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture. Oakland: University of California Press.
- Seaver, Nick. 2019. Captivating Algorithms: Recommender Systems as Traps. Journal of Material Culture, Vol. 24(4).
Bemerkungen The course language is English.
Students will be asked to submit a short essay to qualify for the class if the number of course applicants exceeds 25 people.


Teilnahmebedingungen Abgeschlossenes Basisstudium GTM.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 17.02.2020 – 25.05.2020
Zeit Montag, 14.15-16.00 Holbeinstrasse 12, Seminarraum
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 17.02.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Holbeinstrasse 12, Seminarraum
Montag 24.02.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Holbeinstrasse 12, Seminarraum
Montag 02.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Montag 09.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Holbeinstrasse 12, Seminarraum
Montag 16.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr online
Montag 23.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr online
Samstag 28.03.2020 10.15-17.00 Uhr online
Montag 06.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr online
Montag 13.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Montag 04.05.2020 14.15-18.00 Uhr online
Montag 11.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr online
Montag 18.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr online
Montag 25.05.2020 14.15-18.00 Uhr online
Module Modul: Aufbaustudium Grundlagentheorien der Medienwissenschaft (Bachelor Studienfach Medienwissenschaft)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Medienwissenschaft