This session takes a broader look at what kind of technology is being developed nowadays – within the prevailing start-up culture and business structures. If a few large tech giants outsource research and development to the enthusiastic gambler, the entrepreneur – how does that system influence design, business practice and functionality of technology? In the popularity contest of the start-ups, which functionalities do the entrepreneurs prioritize – network effects, data collection, functional user problems ..? Or do these go hand in hand? Which interests play a part in tech and digital service development?
The idea for the session started with deliberations about different online music platforms that musicians and DJs use to upload their new tracks, songs and mixes – like Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Hearthis.at or Bandcamp. How are e.g. rights management and business models organized differently, what are the interests behind certain developments, and how sustainable are these services in the long run? (see e.g. a conversation with Walter Marinelli (Blogrebellen, Music Pool Berlin) as a background: https://soundcloud.com/rebootfm/sparkfm-39)
This leads to some more general thoughts about digital infrastructures and digital technologies that we use for all kinds of purposes, also beyond music. And we continue the conversation with Marcell Mars, who is currently working on his PhD an the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University in Lüneburg.