Matthew Sergeant

Composer and Academic

Matthew Sergeant is a composer, theorist and senior lecturer in music at Bath Spa University. As an academic fellow in data, Matthew is examining the objecthood of music in the age of big data. Online streaming services have rapidly become a primary means for music’s day-to-day consumption. They provide a superabundance of musical material – Spotify’s database alone contains more music than can be listened to in a single lifetime. Here, metadata is collected, collated and tracked. Music is recommended algorithmically. But at one and the same time, sales of vinyl have exponentially increased since 2007. By the end of 2020, vinyl is set to outsell CDs for the first time since 1991. So are these physical and digital worlds being interrelated by users? This project looks at the question both theoretically, and through creative interdisciplinary play.