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The Art of Record Production Conference 2019

Posted: August 6th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

In C: Creation, Connectivity, Collaboration, and Controllers

Hosted by Berklee College of Music, Boston, May 17–19, 2019
DEADLINE for abstracts: September 28, 2018, 12:00 a.m., EDT
Notification by October 29, 2018

Our title for the 14th Art of Record Production Conference is inspired by Terry Riley’s seminal, minimalist work “In C” (1964). When asked how he would describe the relationship between his drive to push technology to its limits in the 1960s and the musical possibilities that resulted, Riley replied that it was all driven by “the ‘What if?’ principles.” This conference seeks to bring together scholars, artists, and innovators applying “What if?” principles to practice and research. Our “C” themes—creation, connectivity, collaboration, and controllers—all represent areas of movement in contemporary record production, and we invite participants to interpret them creatively as they relate to active research projects and creative work. Consider the following questions about each thematic component.
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6th Global Reggae Conference – Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II

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February 13-16, 2019, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA CAMPUS

The University of the West Indies and Birmingham City University are delighted to announce the staging of the 6th Global Reggae Conference under the theme Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II. Hosted as a premier biennial event by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit inside Jamaica’s Reggae Month, this conference will engage academics within a wide field of scholastic orientations and practice. This event comes as part of larger project on music and cultural innovation and black popular culture through which both Universities have engaged in a partnership to expand scholarship and outreach through community engagement, experimentation, archive building, exhibitions, among others.

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Sixth International Congress: Music and Audio-Visual Culture MUCA

Posted: July 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

From 14-16 February 2019, the University of Murcia will host the Sixth International Congress: Music and Audio-Visual Culture MUCA, to provide a forum to scientific exchange with participation of composers, visual artists and researchers from several national and international universities.

We welcome proposals for individual papers (in English or Spanish) in order to promote new perspectives and dialogue about the main topics. Proposals should include:

  • Abstract (250-300 words)
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable), brief biography and email address.
  • Audiovisual required.

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Musical Cities: Music, Historiography, and Myth

Posted: July 14th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter invites proposals for its 2019 conference. The meeting, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 7-10, 2019, will feature the theme “Musical Cities: Music, Historiography, and Myth.” We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels (up to four individuals) on any aspect of popular music, especially proposals on the musical cultures of New Orleans; music in and of the global and local South; and music and race and resistance.

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Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice

Posted: July 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | 1 Comment »

University of Memphis, 30 March 2019

The history of post-war popular music has been closely associated with concerns for social justice. It is not only that particular ideals (equality, community, rights, an end to oppression and discrimination) have animated the public sphere; it is also that those ideals have – whether we look at blues, gospel, world music, punk or hip-hop, for instance – been central in many music genres. This is no surprize, insofar as post-war popular music has developed in parallel with the rise of humanism, the postcolonial era, civil rights, the culture wars, and the rise of identity politics. In that sense, and more, music has been political, and further politicized: employed as an opportunity to establish empathy, express solidarity, and mobilize agents of change. Issues of social justice have in turn influenced public decisions about, for example, music funding, heritage and archiving. For this conference, we invite papers (or panels) based on topics related to popular music and social justice in the widest sense. These may include:

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