Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch

Anonymous Creativity: Library Music and Screen Cultures in the 1960s and 1970s

Posted: August 4th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

We invite chapter proposals for an edited collection focusing on library music in the 1960s and 1970s and its contemporary afterlife.

Library music – sometimes referred to as stock or production music – is music created specifically for synchronisation in radio, film, television, and other media. Unlike traditional scoring, library music is not created for integration into a specific media artefact but is designed to capture more general themes or moods. Despite being used in a variety of media as far back as the 1920s, library music has yet to gain extensive academic attention. This collection aims to historicise and theorise aspects of library music production during what is often referred to as its ‘golden age’ – the period from the 1960s to the early 1980s – which witnessed a huge rise in library music production (linked to the emergence of television production and an increase in independent filmmaking). Library music composers were key contributors to the sonic identity of audiovisual media of the period, providing thousands of signature tunes, themes, and incidental music for film and television programmes. Despite their ubiquity and enduring cultural resonance, their contributions are often unacknowledged, and very little is known about the conditions in which library music was written, commissioned, recorded, circulated, and used. There has been some important academic work on library music (e.g. Nardi 2012; Wissner 2017; Durand 2020), but there is still much to be discovered within this relatively overlooked mode.

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Feeling the Future – Haptic Audio

Posted: July 14th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The multidisciplinary journal Arts – which has a long-running theme of ‘music and the machine’ is proposing a special issue entitled ‘Feeling the Future – Haptic Audio’ and is are currently seeking contributions from experts who could provide insightful perspectives derived from their experience in the area.

We particularly welcome submissions that address musical/audio applications of force-feedback, telehaptics, and haptic shared control. More broadly, we wish to underline haptics’ usefulness to audio and music. Contributors should be mindful of the readership of this journal, and so overly mathematical texts are not advised, although they can be of a highly technical nature.

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Voices Of Women: Materialities, Cultural Transfer, And Musical Authorship

Posted: July 7th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

VOW Erasmus+ Educational Symposium for researchers, music educators, and graduate music students
Dec. 1-2, 2022
University of Groningen

The Voices of Women project, an Erasmus+ funded joint project with the University of Groningen, The University of Stavanger, The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø), and The University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar invites paper presentations from teachers, graduate students, and scholars interested in the theme of musical authorship in connection to women’s voices. We understand voices metaphorically, artistically, and literally to include women or women-identifying genders in a variety of roles whose creative musical ‘voices’ contribute to the authorship of a particular body of work. The two-day symposium explores this theme of authorship in relation to the sub-themes of music materialities and cultural transfer.

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MusicID Digital Research Fellowship

Posted: June 23rd, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for Proposals
Deadline: August 1, 2022

MusicID is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our fifth annual Digital Research Fellowship.

MusicID is an academic platform that compiles current and historical music industry data into a single, easy-to-use source. Incorporating 5,452 different charts spanning 74 countries, MusicID provides access to chart information from Billboard and the Official Charts Company dating back to the 1950s, as well as contemporary statistics on iTunes downloads, Spotify and Apple Music streams, and Shazam searches. It also includes built-in visualization tools which allow users to create and export customizable tables and graphs.


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Mainstream Silence: Thinking about the Music Everyone Listens to but Nobody Really Discusses

Posted: June 22nd, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Strasbourg
December 1-2 2022

Organizers: Elsa Grassy, University of Strasbourg, Isabelle Marc (USIAS-UCM)
Scientific committee: John Mullen (Rouen), Christophe Pirenne (Liège)

Whether we choose it or whether it is chosen for us, music is with us all the time, both during exceptional events in our lives and in the humdrum everyday. Researchers have delved into the use of music in daily life, in particular in connection with sound reproduction technology and with socializing habits (DeNora 2011, Kassabian, Boschi et Garcia Quiñones 2013). However, rare have been researchers, particularly in France, who have looked at majority or mainstream music genres, artists, or songs with the aim of analyzing them from an aesthetic or social point of view (Pirenne 2021). In this way, popular music studies seems to have reproduced inside the popular field the aesthetic and value-ridden hierarchy which held sway between classical and popular music.

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