Music, Politics, and Violence

New book
Music, Politics, and Violence
Edited by Susan Fast and Kip Pegley


Music and violence have been linked since antiquity in ritual, myth, and art. Considered together they raise fundamental questions about creativity, discourse, and music’s role in society. The essays in this collection investigate a wealth of issues surrounding music and violence – issues that cross political boundaries, time periods, and media – and provide cross-cultural case studies of musical practices ranging from large-scale events to regionally specific histories. Following the editors’ substantive introduction, which lays the groundwork for conceptualizing new ways of thinking about music as it relates to violence, three broad themes are followed: the first set of essays examines how music participates in both overt and covert forms of violence; the second section explores violence and reconciliation; and the third addresses healing, post-memorials, and memory. Music, Politics, and Violence affords space to look at music as an active agent rather than as a passive art, and to explore how music and violence are closely – and often uncomfortably – entwined.

Out of the Absurdity of Life

New book
Out of the Absurdity of Life – Globale Musik
Thomas Burkhalter and Theresa Beyer


The first book of norient (network for local and global sounds and media culture –, edited by Thomas Burkhalter and Theresa Beyer, discusses contemporary movements and trends within globalised music scenes in Europe, Africa, Latin-America, Asia and the US. In Out of the Absurdity of Life – Globale Musik, journalists, scientists, artists and photographers question protest and provocation within the USA, Ghana and England. They dive into the shrill party worlds of São Paulo, trace the reinvention of Syrian synthesizer-pop and discuss the provocation potential of Latin-American copulation dance-moves. Journalistic and scientific, part of the book is in German, part in English. Continue reading


New publication
Popular Music and Countercultures

The first issue of the French edition of “Popular Music and Countercultures” is now out and online. Table of contents (with texts by Sheila Whiteley, Andy Bennett, Simon Warner, Giovanni Vacca, etc.):

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An English version of this issue will be published, with new papers, in 2013 by Ashgate.

Journal on the Art of Record Production: Publication of Issue 7‏

Journal on the Art of Record Production
Publication of Issue 7‏: Technology, Time and Place

We are pleased to announce the online publication of Issue 7: Technology, Time and Place

The issue opens with Dr. Mark Katz and Dr. Samantha Bennett’s editorial and includes: 10 articles; Ken Scott, Kevin Doyle and Dave Fisher interviews; a review of Allan Moore’s new book Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Popular Recorded Song; and a review of Ken Scott’s EpiK DrumS – A Ken Scott Collection.