How We Listen to Music
Joel Selvin, Music Critic, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, Here Comes the Night
Davey D, Hip Hop Journalist; Founder, Hard Knock Radio, KPFA
Emma Silvers, Interactive Producer, KQED
Gabe Meline, Music Editor and Curator, KQED Arts - Moderator
This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation.
Streaming has given everyone instant, and mostly free, access to any type of music they wish. This music revolution seems like a giant leap forward for listeners and aspiring artists alike. However, Gabe Meline sees this as potentially harmful to both the art and the industry. How can the industry make any money when listeners can stream a song free? How does a musician get the time their song deserves when the average listener has an increasingly diminishing attention span? Award-winning music writer and editor Gabe Meline considers the implications of our listening habits for the near future in which an elevated form of art is becoming increasingly disposable.