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Feminist and Critical Race Approaches to Analyzing the Emerging Role of ‘Culture’ in Music Streaming Services

Posted: January 9th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Panel Proposal for the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting

Ottawa, Canada October 22-25, 2020

Panel Organizer: Darci Sprengel, University of Oxford

In September 2018, Spotify launched its ‘Global Cultures Initiative’, which it insisted would make it a ‘leader’ in the field of audio streaming by moving the platform beyond its traditional focus on North American and European musics to ‘promote and advance culturally diverse music’ (Spotify Newsroom 2018). As Spotify expanded to other regions, however, it met pushback from local rivals. For example, Anghami (‘my tunes’ in Arabic), founded in Lebanon in 2012 and known as ‘the Spotify of the Middle East’, claims to meet better the needs of Arab listeners. It boasts alternative algorithmic technologies with unique abilities to combine international and local sounds in ways it asserts listeners in the Middle East and Arab diaspora want to hear, making Anghami’s distinctly local knowledge its ‘sonic brand’. These trends indicate that music streaming services differentiate themselves not through the music they provide, but through the techniques they employ to mediate between users and music catalogue (Goldschmitt and Seaver 2019).

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Sonic Scope: New Approaches to Audiovisual Culture

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

An e-journal for student voices to challenge, energise and diversify engagement with audiovisual media

Sonic Scope invites fresh, intrepid and dynamic student voices to re-imagine and revise critical, interdisciplinary approaches to audiovisual media. Today’s accelerated media landscape offers an unprecedented range of audiovisual experiences, from dynamically reactive video games and ultra HD sports events, to live-streamed political rallies and YouTube vlogs. Within this expanding landscape, the relationship of music and sound to image has undergone radical cultural and aesthetic upheaval. Sonic Scope intervenes in this shifting media terrain by engaging with audiovisual events as they happen. At the same time, it uses contemporary debates to revitalise discourse on traditional audiovisual forms, such as film, opera, theatre, the sounding visual arts and intermedial music.
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Music and the Spanish Civil War

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

8 – 10 October 2020
Humboldt University, Berlin

Convened by Diego Alonso (Postdoctoral Fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin) in collaboration with the International Hanns Eisler Society, Berlin. The conference is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Keynote speakers:

Michael Christoforidis & Elizabeth Kertesz (U. of Melbourne, Australia)
Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (U. of Granada, Spain)

Until recently, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was frequently considered a time of paralysis, a parenthesis between the rich musical life of early 20th-century Spain and the new cultural and musical landscape of post-war Spain under Franco’s dictatorship. Accordingly, we still lack a thorough account of the role played by music and music criticism in this crucial period of Spain’s recent history. Similarly, the international impact of the Civil War on music has been explored only sporadically. These studies have focused primarily on a few musicians and a small selection of works, rather than more fully examining the range of activities, productions and debates involving music in and beyond Spain.

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El oído pensante

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

El oído pensante invites the submission of articles for the eighth volume (No. 2, 2020)

The aim of this biannual peer-reviewed online journal of free access is to promote debate on theoretical, methodological and epistemological dilemmas faced by different kind of music research. Since the intention of the journal is to promote critical thought aimed to dismantle usual concepts and to open new approaches, papers restricted to analyzing particular cases will not be accepted. However, it is expected that authors bring some cases into the text in order to support their main ideas.

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The Artistry and Business of Queen; Past, Present and Future

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Wednesday 10th June 2020, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2020

According to the most recent International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (I.F.P.I.) Global Recording Artist of the Year chart, published 26th February 2019, Queen were listed at Number 6 in the top 10. Thisindependently verified chart “includes sales of albums – across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; and streams across the calendar year. The chart includes all the music of each artist featured, not just one track or album. It uses album equivalent units to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.” Read the rest of this entry »