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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOC3009 Module Title: MUSIC, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC335
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: HODKINSON PE Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Two 2000-word essays (25% each) and an examination (50%).





Module Overview

The aim of this module is to examine the impact of media and new technologies on the way in which music is produced and consumed. Themes explored will include the relationship between media and subcultures, the development of online file sharing and mp3 players and use of the internet in the establishing of ‘virtual’ music scenes and the way in which music itself has been transformed by the development of new recording and performance related technologies.


Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce examine the impact of new technologies, such as digital recording, MP3 and the internet on the way in which music is produced and consumed. Themes explored in the course will include music, new technology and DIY culture, the use of the internet in the establishing of ‘virtual’ music scenes and the role of new technology in forging relationships between music and new social movements.



Learning Outcomes

Having completed this module, students will


*         Be familiar with key terms and concepts used in the study the relationship between media, technology and the production and consumption of music.


*         Develop a critical awareness of the impact of new and older forms of media on ways in which music is appropriated and responded to by different social groups.


*         Apply to the case of music, broader theories about the relationship between media, technologies and society.



Module Content

*         The development and role of new technology in relation to music production


*         The significance of MP3s and file sharing for the dissemination and appropriation of music


*         The relationship between music scenes and both old and new media.


*         Digital recording and the democratisation of the music-making process.


*         Changing conceptions of authenticity in relation to media, technology and music.


*         The significance of media for the relationship between music, identity and space.




Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and seminars
Selected Texts/Journals

Required Reading :


Lull, J. (ed.) Popular Music and Communication. Newbury Park CA : Sage.


Katz, M. (2004), Capturing Sound: How Technology has Changed Music, University of California Press . Taylor, T. (2001), Strange Sounds: Music, Technology and Culture, London : Routledge


Théberge, P. (1997) Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology. Hanover NH: Wesleyan University Press.


Toynbee, J. (2000) Making Popular Music: Musicians, Creativity and Institutions, London : Edward Arnold.



Recommended Reading :


Frith, S., Goodwin, A. and Grossberg, L. (eds) (1993) Sound and Vision: The Music Video Reader. London : Routledge.


Negus, K. (1996), Popular Music in Theory, Cambridge : Polity.


Thornton, S. (1995) Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital. London : Polity.



Last Updated
September 2010