The aim of the ‘Life of a Song’ project is to analyse the economics of Imogen Heap’s song ‘Hide and Seek’ and explore its relationship with the wider music industry. From its release in 2005 to today, this research will breakdown the revenue streams for the song, as well as look at other factors, such as the impact of sync deals, remixes and samples’.
The ultimate goal of this project is toexplore and visualise how the current global music industry works through the lens of a song,creating a web application that will show three major segments: the biography, the revenue streams and the song’s breakdown.Together, these will map the current state of the industry and the grey areas in the system.
BIOGRAPHY of a Song
Changes in technology since 2005
Official and unofficial collaborations and remixes (Jason Derulo, Tiesto, Felon)
Organisations and people involved
Where the song was used and performed
REVENUE Streams of a Song
Analysis of Imogen’s various income streams
UK and overseas
Income sources and categories
BREAKDOWN of a Song
Copyright law and Intellectual property
Music Copyright, ownership and controls
Use cases breakdown and percentages
A brand new website called ‘Life of a Song’ will be available in autumn 2018.
The website will include interactive data visualizations.