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How do people listen to music in the digital age? Explaining the Audio Repertoires of the German normal population and their change during the advent of music streaming services

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Steffen Lepa (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

In media outlets and academic research, nowadays’ music listening practices tend to be discussed with a strong focus on mobile streaming. But, while services such as Spotify and Soundcloud have indeed become more prevalent during the last decade alongside the diffusion of smartphones, they are nevertheless far from dominating everyday music listening episodes in the German normal population. In fact, people tend to be very conservative in their listening habits and are very skeptical towards the adoption of new technologies into their audio technology repertories.

Even when forced to, which often happens rather through changes in life circumstances, than through enthusiasm for new media technologies, old routines will often still be upheld for a long time. However, since most available quantitative figures about music listening in the everyday stem from sales and marketing statistics, and qualitative studies are typically done in a young, tech-loving academic milieu, it is very easy to forget these facts. In contrast, by drawing on results from a population-representative longitudinal mixed-method study spanning the years from 2012-2015, my presentation will provide insights about the actual state of affairs in music listening and about the socio-material mechanisms that explain genesis and change of technology-related music listening habits within the normal population.

Dr Steffen Lepa

Dr Steffen Lepa, *1978, is a postdoctoral media and communication scholar from Berlin, Germany. He studied Psychology, Communication Studies, Media Technology and Media Studies, receiving his PhD in 2009. Presently, he is postdoc researcher at the Audio Communication Group, Technische Universität Berlin, having teaching appointments for statistics, methodology, media theory, audio branding and sound design at different universities. In 2018, he was appointed as a one-year visiting professor at the Hanover University for Music, Drama and Media. His key research areas comprise Mediatization theory and research, media reception and use (with a special focus on sound and music), international comparative media studies, and social research methods (QUAL, QUAN, Mixed, Computational).

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