Musikalbummets afvikling i populærmusikkens digitale tidsalder
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Bøgh, Anders Bering1, Forfatter
Sangild, Torben 2, Vejleder
1Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7035              
2Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7038              
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 Abstract: Phasing Out of the Music Album in the Digital Age of Contemporary Music

This dissertation examines the fate of the music album after the dissemination of digitalized music in the age of the internet. In spite of the relatively young age of 60, the music album has possessed an almost canonic status in the hallowed halls of modern culture. This seems to have been undermined by the emergence of file sharing and streaming technologies. The following examination tracks the reasons for this state of affairs.
Over the course of the 20th century the record industry has been renowned for having mo-nopolized the world of popular music by acting as one. However, as chapter 2 describes, this power might have been exaggerated. After having fought amongst themselves compet-ing to decide on a common format following the shellac record, the parties decided that consensus was the simplest way of ensuring financial stability. Their technological progresses have been made in the belief that superior sound quality was the central need of the listen-ers, but time and time again the listeners have shown to favor comfort and ease of use.
Examining the concepts of authenticity, genre, and music taste, chapter 3 asserts that these are as subjectively tainted as to be near meaningless. Apart from being used notoriously nostalgic, they are however vital concepts in trying to qualitatively define metadata, as digi-tal technologies are looking to refine search criteria.
Connectivity and the role of online cultures are under scrutiny in chapter 4. They seem to take away from the authority of the album and submit popular music to suit their own whims. Also subject to discussion is the notion of the Rock Paradigm as being the guiding meta-textual discourse online and how this forces music to conform to an inept system of designation.
Finally chapter 5 concludes how the abolishment of the musical authority of the album has freed the listener from dogmatic restraints and enabled him to define his own canon through Lévi-Strauss’ concepts of myth and music, with the playlist as medium. Musikalbummets afvikling i populærmusikkens digitale tidsalder

In conclusion I find that the music album is being phased out as the defining authority of contemporary music, as a result of the possibilities that digital and online technologies have contributed.
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Sprog: Danish - dan
 Datoer: 2012
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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