A decade of listening

“305,757 plays since 15 Dec 2004″

“7,011 Artists in total”

www.last.fm/user/v11v11v

I registered on Last.fm 10 years ago today.

The figures above are reasonably accurate: for pretty much all of that time I’ve been automatically or manually logging the music I’ve listened to.

I check my page on an almost daily basis, I look at the weekly totals mostly.

I think the fascination lies in the marking of something so absolutely ephemeral (the data) and something so important in my life (listening to music).

Once a week a service automatically tweets my top 3 artists.

The presence of these figures undoubtedly influences what I listen to.

It’s clear that statistics influences behaviour.

I’ve used Last.fm frequently in the last couple of years to find new music to listen to via the ‘Similar Artists’ section.

Sometimes I like to express my appreciation for a musician by leaving a comment on their automatically generated page

At other times I like to check the comments of other listeners and note their different languages.

The last time someone left a comment on my page was on 28 August 2013; I receive friend requests only very infrequently now.

Last.fm seemed to stop innovating as a service many years ago – probably when the company was sold by its founders.

I wonder when it will cease altogether.

So much water flowed under the bridge, it’s almost unimaginable.

After 10 years’ listening, here are my 50 most-listened to artists:

1 – Kraftwerk, 8,570
2 – Miles Davis, 6,755
3 – Scott Walker, 6,189
4 – Kip Hanrahan, 4,811
5 – Sigur Rós, 3,722
6 – Steve Tibbetts, 3,315
7 – Rhythm & Sound, 3,102
8 – Billie Holiday, 2,836
9 – Jon Hassell, 2,778
10 – Tindersticks, 2,760
11 – Dino Saluzzi, 2,717
12 – King Tubby, 2,626
13 – Ornette Coleman, 2,442
14 – Jimmy Giuffre, 2,351
15 – Junior Boys, 2,350
16 – Cassandra Wilson, 2,240
17 – François Couturier, 2,217
18 – Robin Williamson, 2,190
19 – Me’Shell Ndegéocello, 2,128
20 – Céu, 2,098
21 – Flying Lotus, 2,083
22 – Autechre, 2,050
23 – John Martyn, 1,984
24 – Zomby, 1,852
25 – Anouar Brahem, 1,834
26 – Stereolab, 1,778
27 – SND, 1,751
28 – Arto Lindsay, 1,735
29 – Jazzanova, 1,656
30 – Brian Eno, 1,650
31 – British Sea Power, 1,630
32 – Bill Frisell, 1,587
33 – Kate Bush, 1,565
34 – Annette Peacock, 1,511
35 – Boards of Canada, 1,489
36 – Marisa Monte, 1,470
37 – Emilíana Torrini, 1,467
38 – Johann Sebastian Bach, 1,418
39 – Arve Henriksen, 1,403
40 – Underworld, 1,382
41 – Marilyn Mazur, 1,283
42 – Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto, 1,219
43 – Scritti Politti, 1,192
44 – Colleen, 1,191
45 – Fluxion, 1,180
46 – Burial, 1,170
47 – Prefuse 73, 1,129
48 – Tomasz Stańko, 1,120
49 – David Bowie, 1,118
50 – John Fahey, 1,064


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