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

Craig Hamilton

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe experience of listening to music: methodologies, identities, histories
    Place of PublicationMilton Keynes
    PublisherThe Open University
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 20 Mar 2019


    • Popular Music; Data Analysis; Vinyl; Social Media; Algorithms; R; Music Business; Audiences; Harkive


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