Perspectives on Musical Improvisation

Reminder Call for papers
10th-13th September 2012
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

This is a reminder that submissions for this conference should be sent to . The deadline for submissions is Monday January 9 2012.

Please visit the website to get further details on the conference and how to submit proposals for papers, poster presentations and practical sessions. The website will go live in March 2012 for registration and programme details.

Contact Mark Doffman at for any queries regarding the conference.

Music & Moving Image

Call for papers
Music and the Moving Image VII Conference
New York University, 1-3 June, 2012

The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between music, sound, and the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPod, computer, and interactive performances) through paper presentations.

More info, practical details, etc. at

IASPM-US and Pop Conference

Sounds of the City
IASPM-US Annual Conference
Jointly held with 2012 EMP Pop Conference presented by NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
New York City, March 22-25, 2012

Charlie Gillett’s pioneering The Sound of the City declared, with its title, that the electrified roots music of Elvis and Little Richard was an urban synthesis: “In rock and roll, the strident, repetitive sounds of city life were, in effect, reproduced as melody and rhythm.” But the metropolitan modernities of popular music take many different forms: Nuyorican salsa, Ralph Ellison “living with jazz” in his apartment building, San Francisco open-air psychedelia, double dutch and breakdancing, Amadou & Mariam’s “fast food Dakar,” and beyond. So for this year’s joint International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US branch gathering and EMP Museum Pop Conference, presented by New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, we copyedit Gillett slightly and ask that presenters explore sounds of the city—the reverberations of people gathered en masse. Following are some suggested but not required subthemes. All styles and eras of pop music are welcome. Continue reading

The Future of Arts Research Conference‏

A one-day postgraduate conference to be held at the British Library, Friday 18th November 2011, 9.30-5.00 sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with the British Library.

Keynote speakers: Professor Martin McQuillan, Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis, Kingston University; David Cross, freelance artist and Reader in Art and Design at the University of the Arts London

The Future of Arts Research is an interdisciplinary conference in which all papers apart from the initial keynotes will be given by research students from across the UK. Papers will seek to define what current research students see as the true value of their academic activity within the cultural and creative sphere referred to as ‘the arts’. This is an interdisciplinary event and papers will range across the fields of Classics, Drama, English, Languages, Media and Film Studies, Music, Visual Arts, and related disciplines. Continue reading

Realism In Recorded Music And Sound For The Moving Image

Paul Théberge & Simon Zagorski-Thomas
Public Lecture & Discussion
Friday 25th March, 4.00p.m. in TC102 at Thames Valley University
St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF

Paul Théberge and Simon Zagorski-Thomas will discuss the question of realism in recorded music and sound for the moving image. Dr. Paul Théberge of Carleton University, Ottawa is the Canada Research Chair in Technological Mediations of Culture and author of “Any Sound You Can Imagine”. Dr. Simon Zagorski-Thomas of the London College of Music, TVU is Chairman of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production. Continue reading

Situating Popular Musics

IASPM 2011 16th Biennial International Conference
Grahamstown South Africa
27 June/1 July 2011

For its 16th biennial conference, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) invites papers which explore the many ways of situating popular music in the light of IASPM celebrating its 30th year.

The opening plenary will be given by Philip Tagg, IASPM founder.

Saxophonist at the Grahamstown Festival

The week of the conference leads up to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival which is the biggest art festival in Africa and the southern hemisphere. This will be a stimulating context for members of IASPM to explore arguments about different popular music practices, spaces and places.

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