1st Edition

Playlisting Collecting Music, Remediated

By Onur Sesigür Copyright 2022
    86 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    86 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the collection and curation of music, and the way digital streaming services are transforming the way we engage with the media.

    The study foregrounds personal digital curation techniques, rather than algorithms or technology, to acknowledge the sustaining human agency involved in playlisting. The author looks at Digital Service Providers such as Spotify, Apple and Deezer, which offer their users not just access to large collections of music, but also the opportunity to create and maintain personalised consumption subsets such as playlists. Positioning these current playlisting practices as a remediation of significant cultural practices of the 20th century – such as collecting records and mix-taping – the book highlights the continuity of culture through media change, and the implications for concepts of self and identity, society and sharing.

    Shedding new light on this contemporary cultural phenomenon, this book will be an important read for scholars who are interested in the area of digital music from different disciplines such as communication, digital humanities and social sciences in fields of media studies, digital cultures, personal information management, digital curation and popular music.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Remediation at the age of streaming

    Chapter 3: Historical transformation of music containers

    Chapter 4: Collecting music as information management

    Chapter 5: Everyday playlisting practices

    Chapter 6: Conclusion


    Onur Sesigür is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at Beykoz University, Turkey, with a background in music and sound production. Throughout his teenage years he wasted his lunch money on music CDs. This book is one of the outcomes of his contemplations on why he did so.