The impact of remote music collaboration software on collaborative music production

Koszolko, M 2017, The impact of remote music collaboration software on collaborative music production, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Media and Communication, RMIT University.

Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

Title The impact of remote music collaboration software on collaborative music production
Author(s) Koszolko, M
Year 2017
Abstract The area of remote music collaboration has undergone a phase of unprecedented growth in recent years. Capitalising on previous developments in the field of networked music collaboration, contemporary ‘remote music collaboration software’ (RMCS) enables interaction between global communities of musicians. The development of Web 2.0 combined with the emergence of innovative software platforms has opened new avenues for the crowdsourcing of musical input and collective work. This practice-led research considers the intersection of RMCS with social networking options and responds to the question: how does remote music collaboration software impact on collaborative music production? Related areas of investigation include collectivity, communication, workflow, productivity and software design.

The fieldwork involved collaboration on over a dozen musical compositions with over 40 participants located in various geographical locations on three continents: Europe, North America and Australia. In addition, selected collaborative partners were interviewed in order to further assess the experiences of using the platforms and the impact it had upon their practices. Incorporating practitioner-based enquiry, this research enabled a mapping of the architecture of musical collaboration in the online world, explained through the classification of phases of development of collaborative projects and a discussion on the process of collaborative music production ‘in the cloud’. A major contribution of this dissertation concerns analysis of various modes of collaborative work facilitated by online platforms. Aiding this analysis is a classification of how social networking combined with cloud-based music production technologies can lead to new and alternative approaches to music production in global contexts. Creative outcomes of this project and subsequent examination of results further the existing understanding of a range of project management and technical challenges facing online collaborators operating within communities focused on music production. As a result, this research helps to determine the impact of cloud-based software on the collaborative practice of a music producer.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Subjects Music Composition
Music Performance
Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) Music Production
Remote collaboration
Communities of practice
Group work
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