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Music by Numbers: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the Music Industry

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

Dave Laing and Richard Osborne

Call for Chapters
Proposal submission: 31 March 2017
Full chapters due: 31 October 2017

The music industries have always been concerned, even obsessed, with numbers, whether those of chart placings, sales awards, website hits, ticket sales or listener figures. They operate on a premise that only a small ratio of artists will succeed. They issue statistics that show the importance of their contribution to GDP or the need for protection from pirates and touts. There are also numbers that are not made public: streaming royalties; breakeven points; the division of profits; algorithms. And there are numbers that they cannot deal with yet: big data is accumulating but there are problems with accessing it, sharing it and making the best use of it. Read the rest of this entry »

New Bloomsbury music book series

Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Alternate Takes: Critical Responses to Popular Music is a series that aims to examine popular music from critical perspectives that challenge the accepted ways of thinking about areas such as popular music history, popular music analysis, the music industry, and the popular music canon. The series ultimately aims to have readers listen to – and think about – popular music in new ways.

The series is edited Matt Brennan and Simon Frith along with editorial board members Daphne Brooks, Susan Fast, Sarah Hill, Marcus O’Dair, Ann Powers, Tracey Thorn, Oliver Wang, and Eric Weisbard.
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Electric Music, Music and Electricity

Posted: January 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Symposium organized by MUSIDANSE (E.A. 1572) / JAMM May 9th & 10th 2017, Université Paris 8

“I Sing the Body Electric”: this statement by the American poet Walt Whitman at the end of the nineteenth century (reprised a century later by the writer Ray Bradbury, and then by the jazz-funk group Weather Report), evoking the communion of bodies, seems to point toward a connection between artistic expression and electricity.

This symposium proposes to study this connection, by examining first the archipelago of electric music, starting with the “electric harpsichord” (“clavessin électrique”) project of the Jesuit priest Jean-Baptiste Delaborde (1759), so at the beginnings of electrical science, and going from there to the development of electronic technology, digital technology (from Schaeffer to dub, then to sampling, and to the latest uses of computer music).

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Recontextualising Ragtime: Connections, Influences, Perspectives

Posted: December 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A Two-day Symposium, 6 &7 May 2017
Location: Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Organised by: Prof. Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Sue Miller (Leeds Beckett University) in association with Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield.

A two-day symposium examining the ragtime style bringing together scholars and practitioners  from the fields of music history, ethnomusicology, musicology, Caribbean and Latin American music, jazz studies and music analysis, alongside social dance and dance recreation specialists, discographers and performers, all with a view to analysing the style in its own terms and not as a precursor to jazz. Looking at ragtime and its reception in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and elsewhere, the aim is to bring together all those interested in ragtime music and dance to examine systems of meanings around the term ‘ragtime’ that are culture specific. We hope to question traditional narratives of the style’s development (including the contradanza, tango and habanera) and invite new ways of understanding this musical style and its various manifestations.

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Exploring the spiritual in music: Interdisciplinary dialogues in music, wellbeing and education

Posted: December 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 4th Nordoff Robbins Plus Research Conference
The 4th International Spirituality and Music Education (SAME) Conference
9-10 December 2017, London, UK

Conference venue:
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre
2 Lissenden Gardens, London NW5 1PQ

For information regarding registration and abstract submission guidelines, see: www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/conference2017
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This joint conference is a collaboration between Nordoff Robbins and Spirituality and Music Education (SAME).

The Nordoff Robbins Plus research conference series aims to provide forums for multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional thinking. It brings together leading researchers and practitioners in conversations that question assumptions, and explore theories and approaches in and around music therapy.

As an international network of music practitioners, researchers and scholars, SAME has been set up in response to the growing interest in the area of spirituality in music education and related music practices. It seeks to establish a forum within which the interrelationships of music and spirituality can be explored and developed on a practical, theoretical and research level.

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