Women and Electronic Dance Music Culture

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Women and Electronic Dance Music Culture
Special edition of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Edited by Rebekah Farrugia and Magdalena Olszanowski

This special edition of Dancecult seeks to address the diverse roles of women-identified persons within electronic dance music culture (EDMC). While a great deal has been written about the practices of EDM subcultures and DJ culture in general, the experiences of women has received little attention perpetuating and reinforcing male dominance. Continue reading

Hear The Music, Play The Game. Music And Game Design: Interplays And Perspectives

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GAME – Games as Art, Media, Entertainment
Hear The Music, Play The Game. Music And Game Design: Interplays And Perspectives
Edited by Hillegonda C. Rietveld and Marco Benoît Carbone

Music composition and sound design in video games are important dimensions in the experience of play, gaining increased acknowledgement and attention within the game industry. The growing relevance and success of several kinds of music-based games, and their codification in novel genres and sub-genres, illustrates one tendency in this shift of focus towards the aural in relation to the usually visual dominance of the medium. This calls for an attempt to reconsider the often-overlooked impact of music and its role in defining games. Continue reading

IASPM Journal: Popular Music Education

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IASPM@Journal
Popular Music Education

Popular music education is a subject that is at present under-explored, despite increasing numbers of popular music courses and other educational provision. More research is needed to map out the area and engage critically with the many new challenges it is presenting. IASPM@Journal, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, wishes to encourage further research and debate in this area, with a special issue on popular music education, for publication in 2015. Continue reading

Musical Screens: Musical Inventions, Digital Transitions, Cultural Critique

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Special Issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
Musical Screens: Musical Inventions, Digital Transitions, Cultural Critique
Special Issue Editor: James Tobias, Associate Professor, UC Riverside

This special issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image will be dedicated to position papers analyzing “Musical Screens” in transmedia contexts. We seek contributions that will attempt to stake out the crucial histories, contemporary practices, and methodological innovations for understanding musicality across digital screen cultures, and amidst ongoing digital media transitions. Continue reading

Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution

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Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution
First Monday
Guest editors: Raphaël Nowak (Griffith University, Australia) and Andrew Whelan (University of Wollongong, Australia)

2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the peer-to-peer application Napster. Developed by a student, Shawn Fanning, with the help of his friend Shawn Parker and uncle John Fanning, Napster established music downloading as a mass phenomenon. By 2001, 50 million users had downloaded content with Napster. Many other applications followed – Gnutella, Kazaa, LimeWire, eMule, Soulseek, BitTorrent, among others – further developing and entrenching p2p technology. Continue reading

Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation

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Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation
Critical Studies in Improvisation

Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation invites submissions for a special issue with the theme “Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation”, guest-edited by Rebecca Caines and Paul Watkins. This special issue of CSI will draw together artists and academics to investigate the crucial role improvisation plays in the international field of Hip Hop, and in the related field of critical Hip Hop studies. We seek contributions from artist/practitioners and from scholars working across the disciplines. Continue reading

Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century

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Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century
Resonancias – A music research journal
Deadline: 17 January 2014

Recently there has been an expanded interest in the connections between music making and the political life that Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries experienced under the authoritarian regimes of the 20th century. This concern has been expressed in a critical analysis of the topics and methodologies traditionally used to tackle the relationship between music and politics. Among the topics that have marked a turning point in the intersection between the social sciences, the humanities and music research are: the “industry’s” appropriation of music for political ends; the changes in the legal frameworks advanced by local cultural politics; the clandestine lives of politicized musicians, and the activities of resistance in which they participated. Furthermore, the connections between theatre, dance and film, and the role of television in legitimizing symbolic violence against political dissidence (as well as the social effects of such violence) have begun to be studied in order to understand the role of music in political contexts — not to mention how social memory and forgiveness have been currently addressed in ongoing post-dictatorial times. Continue reading

Social Alternatives: Music, Politics and Environment

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Special issue of Social Alternatives: Music, Politics and Environment
Edited by Tony Mitchell, University of Technology, Sydney

Music is increasingly playing a role in environmental activism, from rock, hip hop, folk, dance music and other forms of popular music through to jazz, classical music, experimental music and sonic arts and installations. How does one measure the ‘carbon footprint’ left by an opera production at the Sydney Opera House, a world tour by U2, the Big Day Out, the Livid Festival, or a gig at the local pub or an unlicensed venue? And how do environmental issues such as these affect the way music is produced and received? This issue of flytt i Stockholm | dollinger and co Social Alternatives invites papers that consider any genre of music in terms of political and environmental activism and ways in which music can relate to issues such as climate change, global warming and carbon emissions. Continue reading

Australian Jazz‏

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Australian Jazz
Jazz Research Journal

This is a call for proposals for articles to be published in a special double issue of Jazz Research Journal (JRJ) in 2015 devoted to Australian jazz. JRJ, one of the world’s leading scholarly jazz journals, is published by Equinox Press in London. The Guest Editor for this issue will be Bruce Johnson. Equinox plans to then publish the essays within twelve months as a book collection on Australian jazz, and as such it will be the first international academic anthology in the field. Continue reading