Listening Ethically: Environmental Crisis, Artist Income and Streaming

Mike Wyeld

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At the dawn of the music streaming era (1995-2000) two tropes emerged,
1.Downloaded music existentially threatened “music,”
2.Artist-run distribution networks would end the musical “tyranny of taste.”

2019 again sees major change in how we listen,
•In April 2019, a Glasgow University funded study revealed streamed music as the most environmentally problematic ever,
•In May 2019, UK Parliament passed this motion, “We are living in a climate crisis that will spiral dangerously out of control unless we take…dramatic action…”
•In June 2019, Apple announced the end of “iTunes.”

Change to our listening habits is imminent.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2019
EventThe (Un)Sound Barrier : Sound Symposium at the Royal College of Art - Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jun 201919 Jun 2019


ConferenceThe (Un)Sound Barrier
Abbreviated title(un)Sound Barrier
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Sound Design
  • Sound Art
  • Music
  • Design education
  • Design Culture


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