Virtual Bands, Virtual Music

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Virtual Bands, Virtual Music
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2012

Shara Rambarran and Sheila Whiteley are seeking contributions from the wide spectrum of musicology and social sciences for an edited text on Virtual Bands, Virtual Music that will reflect upon its origins, its characters, its music(s), its scattered identity, its legacy, its worldwide membership and circulation. How can we define aesthetically, culturally, politically, and ideologically the concept and meaning of virtual bands? To what extent is contemporary popular music driven by the digital media (Internet, digital music distribution, consumption), music technology (sampling, remix, MP3), and creative artistic technology (music video, performance, virtual groups)? Continue reading

Journal on the Art of Record Production

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Issue #8: Technology, Time and Place

The newly reworked Journal on the Art of Record Production invites articles for Issue #8: Technology, Time and Place. Technologies are central – and essential – to sound and music recording and production processes. Over time, technological change has impacted on roles, working practice[s] and the recording and production workplace. Indeed, notions of time impact on production processes in a multitude of ways. Continue reading

TACET #2 – Experimentation in question‏

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TACET: Experimental Music Review #2
http://www.tacet.eu/
Experimentation In Question
Issue edited by Matthieu Saladin – IDEAT (Université Paris 1/ CNRS), Le Quai École supérieure d’art de Mulhouse

According to one of the definitions of experimental music formulated by John Cage, the role of experimentation is to ask questions rather than to provide canned answers. This issue of TACET seeks to turn this saying back on experimentation itself, by examining its principles, manifestations and challenges, both historical (provided they question our contemporaneity) and current. Continue reading

IASPM Journal: The Digital Nation: Copyright, Technology and Politics‏

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IASPM Journal
http://www.iaspmjournal.net/

Copyright debates continue to be interesting in the popular music industries for many reasons. Copyright remains a chief mechanism by which the recording and related publishing industries derive income, status and wealth. Yet it is also increasingly an index of measurement of nations’ viability as knowledge economies as much as an index of the tensions between producers and consumers of music. Continue reading

Brian Eno edited collection‏

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On the back of his published diary (A Year with Swollen Appendices, Faber 1996) Brian Eno describes himself variously as: a mammal, a father, an artist, a celebrity, a pragmatist, a computer- user, an interviewee, and a ‘drifting clarifier’. To this list we might add rock star (on the first two Roxy Music albums); the creator of lastingly influential music (Another Green World; Music for Airports); a trusted producer (for Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay and a host of other artists); the maker of large scale video and installation artworks; a maker of apps and interactive software; and so on, and so on. All in all, he is one of the most feted and most influential musical figures of the past forty years (even though he himself has consistently downplayed his musical abilities, describing himself as an anti-musician on more than one occasion). Continue reading

The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Musical Migration and Tourism

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Edited by Simone Krüger (Liverpool John Moores University) and Ruxandra Trandafoiu (Edge Hill University)

We are soliciting chapter proposals for an edited collection entitled The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Musical Migration and Tourism to be published by Routledge in 2013 in its Research in Ethnomusicology Series. (Please note that the book is contractually agreed.) The book studies musical transformations as they occur across time and space, exploring contemporary concerns about the impact of globalization on musics and peoples as they transit across the globe. The book’s focus is on two main themes: musical tourism and travel; musical migration and diaspora. Continue reading

Routledge Popular Music in the Nordic Region‏

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Popular Music in the Nordic Countries: Music, Identity, and Social Change in the Early 21st Century

Editors: Fabian Holt (University of Roskilde, fabianh@ruc.dk) and Antti-Ville Kärjä (University of Turku, avkarj@utu.fi)

For the Routledge series World Popular Music, we are hereby making a call for chapter proposals for a volume with the title above. The volume will examine the role of popular music in the Nordic countries in the context of contemporary social change. The focus of volume will be to situate popular music in both local and cross-national contexts of the region and to apply and develop new interdisciplinary research perspectives. This call is therefore not only targeted at music studies but also at scholars working on music within anthropology, cultural studies, history, sociology, and media studies. The volume is part of a larger pan-Nordic collaboration and forms the basis for the production of radio and television series as well as museum exhibitions. Continue reading

Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures

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In recent years, the internet in general and social media in particular has fundamentally changed our media culture. The relationship between producers and consumers has shifted, creating new power relationships. Media culture has become more and more about participation, while technological developments such as ‘Facebook liking’ have further blurred the traditional distinction between fans and audiences. Fans represent the vanguard of these new developments. Insights from early fan studies on active audiences have spread to other notions of the audience. These developments call for a critical rethinking of the role and significance of fans in contemporary culture. Continue reading