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The Future Sound of Pop Music

Posted: February 27th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Symposium, 30 November – 3 December 2017, Bern, University of the Arts, Ostermundigenstr. 103

Lectures, discussions and side programme

New technologies, new interfaces and controllers have significantly altered the sound world of pop music in recent years. In current pop songs, electronic sounds and effects are dominant. The sound aesthetic of pop music has also undergone a major shift from the 1960s to the present day. Initially, pop music invested in a few distinctive distinguishing features such as distortion, but today it features complex electronic constructions based on samples, virtual instruments and effects.

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Popular Music and its Theories: Encounters – Changes in Perspective – Transfers

Posted: February 23rd, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

27th Conference of the Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung (GfPM)
17th Annual Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie (GMTH)

17–19 November 2017 (Fri-Sun)
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Kunstuniversität Graz / KUG)

Conference chairs:
Christian Utz, Institute 1: Composition, Music Theory, Music History and Conducting
André Doehring, Institute 16: Jazz Research

The engagement with popular music in music studies has fundamentally challenged the role of music theory in the context of popular music research. Since the 1970s, a diverse discourse on the theory and analysis of popular music has taken place in the English-speaking world, reinforced by the Popular Music Interest Group, founded in 1998 within the Society for Music Theory (SMT). Such developments do not, however, preclude a continuing “lack of […] intellectual interface between music theory and the rest of the popular music studies community” (Lacasse 2015). Moreover, in the German-speaking world, focus on theoretical-analytical questions is still relatively rare in popular music research and music-theoretical studies are only occasionally dedicated to popular musics.

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Music Production Education Conference 2017

Posted: February 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

York St John University, York, UK, Thursday June 29th 2017

MPEC is a new addition to the conference calendar for the study of Music Production pedagogy. MPEC seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of teaching and learning in music production & technology in Further and Higher Education.

The conference will offer lively debate and stimulating presentations, which will address issues of the place of music production within the broader context of the performing arts sector, research and professional communities.

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Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities – Special Issue on Musicology

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special musicological issue on the topic “Music and Popularity

For the upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities (August 2017) we are looking for studies focused on various aspects related to the phenomena of “music” and “popularity”. We invite articles anchored in classical music as well as popular music. Papers which directly or indirectly problematize the traditional polarisation of the aforementioned musical spheres are especially welcome. The issue provides space for specific historical investigations and case studies, but also for wider theoretical considerations which would reflect the construction of the phenomena of the so-called classical and popular music from social, political / ideological, economic, philosophical and other perspectives. In this respect, approaches of ethnomusicology and cultural geography, which would touch on the topic with regard to the specifics of particular localities, regions, nations and ethnic groups, are most desirable.  Read the rest of this entry »

Music, Multiculturalism and the Postcolonial Condition

Posted: February 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Summer school for doctoral candidates, Music Archive JAPA, Helsinki 3–4 July 2017

As global migration alters societal and cultural conditions, musical practices and environments transmute. The global postcolonial condition is indeed clearly visible and audible in myriad forms of music that evince the pervasiveness of racialisation, parochialism and banal nationalism, while at the same celebrating creative hybridity, multicultural authenticities and cultural encounters. Music provides a rich source and platform for postcolonial studies not only because of its identity politics but also on the grounds of its political economy, as demonstrated by the central role of music in global cultural industries and transnational labour arrangements.
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Popular Music in the Nordic Countries

Posted: February 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Study Day at the University of Oslo, September 14, 2017

On September 14th, 2017 this year, the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo will host a study day for IASPM Norden members. The theme of the day is the study of popular music in the Nordic countries. Professor Stan Hawkins will introduce the event, which is co- hosted by our department’s Nordic Sounds: Critical Music Research Group.

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