Listening in a digital era - So What's Next

Listening in a digital era

14 oktober 2017

Listening in a Digital Era

How do we listen in a digital era?
How do we choose from countless options for listening to music?
Do we still really choose ourselves? Or are the choices being made for us?
Who are the gatekeepers that help us find our way?

We’ll meet some of them during the So What’s Next? special Listening in a Digital Era to find out more about content curation in music.


12:00 – 12:30  – Keynote speech – Michael Bhaskar

12:40 – 13:20 – Q&A – Ben Ratliff
13:30 – 14:15 – Panel Gatekeeping

Michael Bhaskar (Ireland) is both digital publisher and author of the book Curation: the power of selection in a world of excess. The book is about how curation became a buzzword – and why it’s more interesting than you might think, Bhaskar explains on his website.

Ben Ratliff (U.S.) is a journalist, music critic and author. He’s been a jazz and pop critic at the New York Times since 1996. Last year his book Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty came out. In his book Ratliff argues for keeping an open mind in our radically changed way of listening.

Panel Gatekeeping

In the digital era, the role of gatekeepers—the tastemakers who drive audiences to music, and also track audience tastes—has changed dramatically. What can online services and playlists teach us about how music fans navigate countless options? Who’s choosing and who’s following? Who are today’s gatekeepers, and how can online audience building teach club and festival programmers?

  • Ashley Kahn – moderator (American journalist, author and educator, specializing in music history and business)
  • Gijsbert Kamer (Dutch music critic for De Volkskrant and expert on online music platforms)
  • Simon Rentner (American broadcast and online radio journalist, creator of “The Checkout”, WBGO Jazz Radio)
  • Vinod Singh (Dutch online club marketer, digital magazine editor for BIRD, Rotterdam)