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Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize winner 2015-2016

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

A panel of four judges has now had the opportunity to consider all of the submissions for the inaugural Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize for best postgraduate student essay in popular music research, and a winner has been selected. Congratulations to Alexander C. Harden who wins an award of £500 and will receive his prize shortly.

Read the award winning essay here.

More about Alexander

I am a popular musicology graduate student in the Department of Music and Media at the University of Surrey. Before commencing my doctoral studies, I  specialised in studio-based creative practice and received an MA (Distinction) in electroacoustic composition and sonic art from the University of Birmingham. As a composer, my work has featured in projects at the London Southbank Centre (2012) and the Festival de Cannes (2014).

My current musicological research concerns the hermeneutics of studio-based popular music in the 21st century. I am particularly engaged in exploring the dramatic role of the aural environment in recorded music and its interactive relationship with narrative. Although my research relates primarily to recent pop and rock music, I also maintain an interest in the electronic popular music of the 1970s.

I have presented conference papers on a variety of topics which include the changing musical uses of technology and its relationship with persona; political and social issues surrounding 1970s German rock practices, and; authenticity.

Research interests include:

  • Narratology, with particular reference to sonic design;
  • Phonographic constructions of reality and realism;
  • Personae and related mimetic issues;
  • Authenticity and expression


About the Andrew Goodwin Prize

Andrew Goodwin was a key figure in the development of popular music studies. After his untimely death in September 2013, the Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize was established as a fitting tribute to his generosity to younger scholars. The aim of the award is to promote popular music research and to support new scholars. It is awarded annually through the IASPM UK-I website.

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