Understanding social media and sound: music, meaning and membership, the case of SoundCloud

Chamberlain, Alan; McGrath, Sean and Benford, Steve. 2015. 'Understanding social media and sound: music, meaning and membership, the case of SoundCloud'. In: DMRN+10: Digital Music Research Network One-day Workshop 2015. Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom 22 December 2015. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Social media technologies have meant that people’s music consumption and production practices have rapidly changed and evolved. In this paper, we start to explore and present some of our initial findings in respect to this growing area of research by focusing upon the audio distribution platform SoundCloud. Technologies such as SoundCloud are enabling music producers and consumers a whole range of different ways in which they can engage, give/get feedback, promote, share, acquire, tag and make meaning of music. In this respect we are able to observe the role that such systems play in respect to: workflows and metadata production. The work also speaks about music consumption and production; as an individual and part of the crowd. We envisage that this paper will both provide a platform for future research and offer some insights into this world.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


social media, music, SoundCloud, workflows, metadata production, music consumption, music production

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1 December 2015Accepted
22 December 2015Published

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Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom

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22 December 2015

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07 Jun 2019 12:57

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10 Jun 2021 05:42



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