The Harkive Project: popular music reception, digital technologies, and data analysis

Hamilton, Craig (2019) The Harkive Project: popular music reception, digital technologies, and data analysis. In: The experience of listening to music: methodologies, identities, histories. The Open University, Milton Keynes.

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Through an analysis of how respondents to The Harkive Project ( describe their use of vinyl records, this article will demonstrate and reflect upon the development of an experimental methodological approach derived from the fields of digital humanities and cultural analytics, and show how this was applied to my ‘home’ discipline of popular music studies. Before proceeding to my analysis, I first describe the context and rationale for taking this approach. In reflecting on this approach I discuss how it enabled me to explore how data-derived knowledge creation works through practice within contemporary popular music culture, highlighting some of the issues raised by data-related technologies and techniques in both popular music culture and in arts and humanities research. My hope is that work in this area may help popular music studies begin to account for the technologies and practices that have so changed the field. Towards that aim, and in consideration of Sandvig and Hargittai’s recent work highlighting the importance of ‘benchwork’, my article links to code, sample data, and instructional blog posts that may enable scholars to replicate and/or build upon my work.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 20 March 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Popular Music; Data Analysis; Vinyl; Social Media; Algorithms; R; Music Business; Audiences; Harkive
Subjects: P300 Media studies
W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA34: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Depositing User: Craig Hamilton
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 08:20
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2020 10:59

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