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Music, Data and the City: Towards Smart Music Cities

Short thesis

What potential lies at the intersection of Datafication, Music Cities and Smart Cities? How can the strategic development of a city support the creation of economic, ecologic and social value with regard to the music industry, making the city smarter and more livable at the same time? This panel brings together experts from urban development, the music industry, and technology developers in order to explore how exactly these concepts can be merged.

Description

Urban planers, city council, technologists and businesses have been discussing the emergent smart city for several years. Cities are to be transformed through networked technologies and the power of big data in order to make them more efficient, more ecological and more socially inclusive with the premise of more citizen engagement and participation.

Glasgow, Adelaide, Sevilla or Mannheim are music cities according to UNESCO. Nashville, Melbourne and Berlin are also cities of music, without carrying an official title. However, their objectives are very similar: How can the strategic development of a city support the creation of economic, ecologic and social value with regard to the music industry, the creative industries, their spaces and places, infrastructures, businesses and scenes and thus make the city more livable. What are the perils in merging these two concepts?

What is a smart music city? How could public transport immediately react to the needs of audiences? What could urban planers and citizens learn if they knew what music people stream in different neighborhoods? How could an urban guidance system work not only visually but also sonically?

In this panel, experts from urban development and urban planning will discuss with experts from the cultural and creative industries and technology developers. Together, they are hoping to identify central aspects of smart music cities, discuss possible fields of application and ponder how implementation processes might look like.

Mit Unterstützung der Gesellschaft für Musikwirtschafts- und Musikkulturforschung e.V.

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