Technology and Transformations


Date: 31st Oct 2016

The impact of new technologies and techniques on music, film, TV and the print industry came under the microscope in a conference at Bucks New University.

'Technology and Transformations: do we need new maps?' was part of the Fisheye Film Festival 2016 and backed by UK Music, which represents the commercial music industry.

Experts from BIMM, Henley Business School, Leeds Beckett University, Middlesex University, SOAS University of London, and Southampton Solent University, attended a series of panel debates and roundtable discussions.

UK Music sponsored a music education panel looking at 'Teaching and learning the music business', chaired by Toby Bennett, who has carried out extensive research into new music industries.

Stan Erraught (pictured), Principal Lecturer in Music & Events Management at Bucks New University, was behind the conference and said it 'shed new light' on how technology had had an impact on how the industries worked.

He said: "The creative industries have experienced huge changes over the past two decades. New technologies have revolutionised the means of production and distribution of all popular creative activities, in music, in film, in TV and print.

"We investigated how technology has changed the way creative products are developed and delivered, such as selling music online, streaming video, and using virtual reality headsets.

"These developments have all altered the way in which people consume media. Similarly, social media has altered the relationship between artists and fans/consumers, bypassing to a large extent the traditional gatekeepers such as press and radio.

The conference featured submitted papers and included input from Bucks New University academics Fil Ieropoulos, Dr Jem Kelly, and Stephen Partridge, Head of Media & Creative Industries.


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