Sonic Visions: Popular Music On and After Television‏

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Sonic Visions: Popular Music On and After Television
Journal of Popular Music Studies Special Issue
Guest Editors Matt Delmont & Murray Forman

The connection of music and television calls to mind iconic performances like Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and the debut of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video on MTV in 1983. More recently, music videos have seen a resurgence in the “post-television” era, with videos like Justine Bieber’s “Baby” (ft. Ludacris) and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” (ft. Beyoncé) notching hundreds of millions of views online (671 million and 432 million, respectively, as of December 2011). At the same time, and often in the shadows of these hugely popular performances, music has been crucial to every era of television and to the development of video websites like YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo, providing profitable content, pioneering new screen technologies, and promoting debates around the visual presentation of race, gender, sexuality, and youth. Continue reading “Sonic Visions: Popular Music On and After Television‏”

Anarcho-Punk Anthology

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Anarcho-Punk Anthology

Mike Dines is seeking contributions from the wide spectrum of musicology and social sciences for an edited text on the anarcho-punk scene of the 1980s that will reflect upon its origins, its music(s), its identity, its legacy, its membership and circulation. Seven years ago, I was awarded my PhD for my research into the emergence of the anarcho-punk scene and, to my surprise, there are still no academic texts that fully unpack this fascinating movement and its politics. As such, I would like to put out a call for proposals in the hope that we might rectify this omission: and thus raising questions as to how we can define aesthetically, culturally, politically and ideologically the concept and meaning of the anarcho-punk scene. Continue reading “Anarcho-Punk Anthology”

Music and Armed Conflicts After 1945

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Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales nº 4
Music and armed conflicts after 1945

Coordination : Luis VELASCO PUFLEAU

The role of music to contest, legitimize, comment, pacify or intensify contemporary armed conflicts has so far received little attention by musicological research – compared to the numerous existing studies on the two World Wars. To engage an interdisciplinary reflection on this issue, mobilizing tools of musical analysis, political sociology, social history, geopolitics and anthropology, the fourth issue of Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales will focus on the relationship between music and armed conflicts in the second part of the twentieth century: decolonization wars, civil wars in Africa, Latin America and Asia, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wars in Korea, Vietnam, Falklands, Kosovo, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Libya, etc. Continue reading “Music and Armed Conflicts After 1945”

El oído pensante

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El oído pensante

El oído pensante invites the submission of articles for the first volume (2013) (ISSN 2250-7116).

The aim of this biannual peer-reviewed online journal of free access is to promote debate on theoretical, methodological and epistemological dilemmas faced by different kinds of music research. Continue reading “El oído pensante”

The Future(s) of Music?

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Norient Academic Online Journal
The Future(s) of Music? – Notions of Prospective Musics in Utopian Movies and Literature

The famous Cantina Band scene from George Lucas’ Star Wars, featuring an alien ensemble performing a foxtrot-like John Williams composition, is just one of many examples: While film scores often have provided an experimental ground for musical innovators – just think of the trendsetting sound creations Oskar Sala and Bernard Herrmann contributed to the late films by Alfred Hitchcock – diegetic depictions of musical performances, i.e. those scenes in films where the production or consumption of music is part of the story, often draw on known musical idioms when the dramatic setting is explicitly utopian. The paradox here is that there seems to be a decisive difference between composing innovative film scores on the one hand and imagining, picturing and sounding-out “the music of the future” on the other. Or, is it futures? Continue reading “The Future(s) of Music?”

Nostalgias: A Special Issue of Volume! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies

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Nostalgias: A special issue of Volume! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies
Edited by Hugh Dauncey (Newcastle University) & Christopher Tinker (Heriot-Watt University)

Volume!, the French peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of popular music, seeks contributions for a special issue on nostalgia and popular music in a variety of national, international and transnational contexts. Continue reading “Nostalgias: A Special Issue of Volume! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies”

Death and the Rock Star‏

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Death and the Rock Star
Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2012

The recent untimely deaths of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, and the resurrection of Tupac Shakur for a performance at the Coachella music festival, have focused the media spotlight, yet again, on the relationship between rock, popular music and death. The ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ lifestyle has left many casualties in its wake. Over time, however, as the ranks of dead musicians have grown, so the types of death involved and the reactions to them have diversified. Conversely, as the artists who were at the forefront of the rock ‘n’ roll revolution of the 1950s and 1960s continue to age, the idea of dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse (which gave rise, for instance, to the myth of the ’27 Club’), no longer carries the same resonance that it once might have. Continue reading “Death and the Rock Star‏”

Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs

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Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs
Guest editor: Luis-Manuel Garcia

This special edition of Dancecult seeks to address the fact that, although many EDM (Electronic Dance Music) projects have a significant ethnographic component, there are few methodological resources available to ethnographers of EDM scenes/cultures. Continue reading “Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs”

Popular Music Studies in the Twenty-First Century‏

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IASPM Journal
November 2012
Popular Music Studies in the Twenty-First Century

It is thirty years since the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) was founded and the journal Popular Music was launched. Although much is different today in popular music studies, the field still faces a number of challenges, some of which have changed very little during the intervening period. Continue reading “Popular Music Studies in the Twenty-First Century‏”