In This Week in Ontario Edublogs, one of the posts that really spiked my interest came from Tim King. He took a wander through his history of music in Music, millenials and the lost art of curationMusic, millenials and the lost art of curation.
In addition to the actual physical media, there’s another theme and that’s the access to the media. If you go back to the beginning of time (at least to the beginning of time in the post), and work your way forward, the level of access to the music has changed.
If you go back far enough, who can remember being with friends listening to music on the radio and, when a favourite song came on, shushing everyone to say “I want to hear this”. And, maybe even creating your own bootleg copy if you happened to have a cassette record close enough to the radio and being able to press record just in time.
If you liked the music enough, you would eventually purchase it in the media of the day. It was dependent upon whatever playback device you had – record, tape, CD, download service … This raised the level of access since you could share that media with friends. Or bring it to a party and playback. Or a disk jockey could bring cases of the media to a function where it was played. I think of school dances or wedding receptions.
If you work yourself far enough along the timeline, you get to today and access has never been better or easier. Turn on your television and surf over to a music channel or turn on your computer and head to a music station or the great archive – YouTube.
The whole model has changed as the technology opens access to everything. It’s got to be just a delightful study if you’re also following the evolution of copyright.
And now, access takes a new spin. At least for Neil Young. I couldn’t believe this story when I first read it “Neil Young to release entire archive of recordings for free“. I did the media literacy thing immediately and checked multiple sources! This included going into Facebook to check for his public message.
There will be lots of speculation but the discography is amazing. Do you even need to consider curation when it’s all there? The only limitation could be the size of your hard drive.
Is this a “one of”, is this a response to the current state of access, or does this signal a new way to look at an author’s collective works?