Research Seminar with Assoc. Prof. Paul Rekret

We would like to invite you all to the Research Seminar with special guest Paul Rekret that will be talking about The Streaming Platform and Cultural Form

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30-40 minute presentation

20-30 minutes of discussion and questions


This talk examines changes to the experience of popular music given its consumption through mood-based playlists on internet streaming platforms. By displacing the ‘single’ and the album as a form of music distribution the platform represents a new mode of value production for the music industry, one where music sales are secondary to the generation of user data, branding, device and bandwidth sales. The ubiquity of music across time and space that music streaming involves further entails changes to music’s social function and its aesthetic form. In enabling a frictionless harmony among sonic elements, genres, cultures and epochs, the playlist generates an imagined unity into which it interpellates the subject of interminable production and consumption.


Bio: Paul Rekret is Associate Professor of Politics at Richmond American International University and author of two books: Down With Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence (Repeater 2017), Derrida and Foucault: Philosophy, Politics, Polemics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and editor of a forthcoming edition of George Caffentzis's book, Clipped Coins, Abused Words & Civil Government: John Locke's Philosophy of Money (Pluto Press) along with many academic journal articles on political and cultural theory. He hosts Beholder Halfway, radio essays airing regularly on Resonance.Extra, writes with Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective and, together with Anja Kanngieser and Rory Gibb, writes and performs around questions of sound's relation to ecological crisis.

Published Feb. 18, 2020 9:55 AM - Last modified Aug. 3, 2021 12:11 PM