Music and the Internet
This is not the current course catalog
Since the release of Napster in 1999, the Internet’s relationship with music has been sometimes elevating and sometimes adversarial. While it has granted listeners access to broad music libraries and musicians access to large audiences, the Internet has also exposed listeners to legal action, taxed artists with dwindling royalties, and disrupted and reshaped the recording and publishing industries. This course examines how the Internet has affected music at every level, from its creation to its distribution and consumption. Topics will include music written for online spaces, musical performances that take place online, music and online gaming, live music that refers to the Internet, the financial and philosophical background of music file formats, changing notions of musical ownership, censorship of music online, music’s place in memes, and the user experience in (and attitudes toward music projected by) services like iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and musically.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: 4-page midterm paper, 8-page final paper, one presentation, two mid-semester creative projects
Enrollment Preference: none
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: FMST Core Courses