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Progressive Rock and Metal:  Towards a Contemporary Understanding

Posted: June 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 4th Biennial International Conference of the Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock

Hosted by Lori Burns at the University of Ottawa, May 20-22, 2020 (Ottawa, Canada)

CFP Deadline: September 15, 2019

Progressive Rock and Metal: Towards a Contemporary Understanding aims to explore the past and present contexts of the genres of progressive rock and metal. With its origins in the psychedelic counterculture and freeform rock radio (a format featuring long-playing records) in the late 1960s, progressive rock of the 1970s was characterized by formal complexity, dynamic variety, instrumental experimentation, and the influence of classical and jazz music. While progressive rock flourished in the 1970s with bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Rush, the 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of progressive metal as a major development within the metal scene. Bands such as Dream Theater, Tool, and Meshuggah presented a new style of metal that embraced many of the values of progressive rock (e.g. harmonic, rhythmic, and formal complexity, instrumental virtuosity, and concept-driven albums) and ventured into new and innovative musical territories such as dense chromaticism and polyrhythmic structures.

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Sixth International Performance Studies Conference

Posted: June 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Huddersfield, 2-5 July, 2020.

Proposals are invited for papers, lecture-recitals, research reports and themed sessions for the Sixth International Performance Studies Conference.

The conference will cover a wide range of musics, approaches, methodologies and practices pertaining to Performance Studies. We welcome presentations that reflect this diversity, including early music, contemporary music, music located across oral and literate traditions, acoustic, electronic and multimedia performance, and more.

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Diva: Hip-Hop, Feminism, Fierceness

Posted: May 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The shift from the margins to the mainstream has occurred simultaneously, over the last few decades, for two groups that now jointly exert a central influence over contemporary culture and politics: female r’n’b and hip-hop artists, and feminist thinkers and activists. The coming together of these two groups and sensibilities has redefined contemporary popular music (in all senses of musics of black origin), and wider culture and politics, in the West – from the banlieues to the White House, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, from Betty Davis to Neneh Cherry, TLC to Aaliyah, Alicia Keys to Iggy Azalea, Beyonce to Ariana Grande, and all points in between.

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Studying Live Music and Festivals: Production, Promotion and Consumption

Posted: May 20th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Edited by:

Chris Anderton (Solent University, Southampton, UK)
Sergio Pisfil (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)

Proposals are sought for chapter contributions to an edited collection with strong publisher interest.

One of the major benefits of Popular Music Studies was to bring new approaches to the study of music by asking how the recording studio became a space for music creativity and recorded music artefacts an important part of the music industries. By shifting attention to these features, however, relatively few scholars have analysed how live performance and the staging and business of live events are a crucial part of the contemporary music industries. This book aims to interrogate these comparatively neglected areas of popular music practices and, in doing so, provide an authoritative contribution to the emergent field of live music studies.

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Innovation in Music Conference 2019

Posted: May 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

05 – 07 December 2019
University of West London: Ealing Campus

Full event details can be found at the conference website: http://www.musicinnovation.co.uk

Innovation in Music (InMusic) welcomes academics, creatives, producers, artists, industry professionals, technology developers and equipment manufacturers to come together and submit abstracts for consideration on a wide range of topics including:

  • Innovative music creation and performance
  • Music technology innovation
  • Innovation in music business
  • Music production: past, present and future

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