Ideologies and ethics in the uses and abuses of sound

Koli, Finland
June 16-19, 2010
Call for papers (reminder): abstracts by October 12

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The 2010 WFAE conference will be held at Koli in Eastern Finland. Koli is a plausible site for reflecting upon ideologies, ethics and soundscapes, since it was amongst the key places of the national romantic artist pilgrims in the late 19th century Finland. The main organisers, Department of Finnish Language and Cultural Research at the University of Joensuu, Finland and The Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology (FSAE) invite researchers and artists from all disciplines to join this forum of discussion. Continue reading

What’s it worth? ‘Value’ and Popular Music

Call for papers
Abstract deadline extended to September 15

Annual Conference of IASPM-ANZ
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Australia-New Zealand branch
27-29 November 2009

The theme of this year’s conference seeks to generate discussion and debate around the ‘value’ we ascribe to popular music(s). ‘Value’ relates to music as commodity and economic project, but social, cultural and aesthetic perspectives profoundly inform any measures or contentions of ‘value’. This theme is particularly timely given recent technological developments that are radically re-shaping the ways in which music is produced, distributed and consumed. Continue reading

Bethany Klein (2009) As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising

Bethany Klein
As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising

(Aldershot: Ashgate 2009)
Review by Francesco D’Amato
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The complex whole of ties between music and TV ads has been recently pushed to the foreground by the changes in the music production/commercialization system and correlated shifts from B2C to B2B business models. However it represents a relevant topic also for discourses about music circulation, changes in musical experience and how such processes join the aesthetization of daily life. Continue reading

Spaces of Violence, Sites of Resistance: Music, Media and Performance

International Conference – June 3rd to June 6th 2010

The Interactive Media and Performance (IMP) Labs, along with the Department of Media Production and Studies, and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Regina are pleased to present a call for papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops on the theme of Spaces of Violence, Sites of Resistance: Music, Media and Performance, an international conference organized in collaboration with IASPM-Canada and the Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM). Continue reading

Musics and Knowledge in Transit

Call for Proposals

October 28-31, 2010
Rectory of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal

The Ethnomusicology Institute – Center for the Study of Music and Dance is pleased to host the international conference ‘Musics and Knowledge in Transit‘ at the Rectory of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa from October 28 to 31, 2010.
The official languages of the conference are: Portuguese, Spanish and English. Continue reading

Stan Hawkins (2009) The British Pop Dandy

Stan Hawkins
The British Pop Dandy: Masculinity, Popular Music and Culture

(Aldershot: Ashgate 2009)
Review by Nathan Wiseman-Trowse

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In 1999 the British pop band The Divine Comedy released one of their most successful singles ‘National Express’. Secreted away as a B-side on the second CD single was a wonderfully wry and affectionate Noël Coward pastiche ‘Overstrand’. ‘Overstrand’ told the story of a Londonite coveting a well-to-do address in the metropolis to such an extent that he is willing to pimp himself to a ‘dirty old man’, murder a young woman in the Thames or even write for the Evening Standard in order to get his ideal, bourgeois home. Neil Hannon’s clever take on Coward marks out a clear link not only to a tradition of British comedy songs that have their roots in music hall, but he also connects himself, if somewhat archly, with a dandified persona that manifests itself throughout British popular culture, and British popular music specifically. Continue reading

Borderless Ethnomusicologies: SEM 2009 Annual Meeting

SEM 2009 Annual Meeting in Mexico City
November 19-22, 2009

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 54th annual meeting on November 19-22, 2009, at the Meliã México Reforma Hotel in Mexico City and at the National Center for the Arts in nearby Coyoacán. This year’s meeting, titled “Borderless Ethnomusicologies,” will feature more than 400 presentations, as well as a variety of concerts and other special events hosted by arts institutions in Mexico City .

In conjunction with the 2009 meeting, there will be a pre-conference symposium, “The Past, Present, and Future of Musical Research in Mexico ,” on November 18 at the School of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Visit www.ethnomusicology.org for more information about the meeting, hotel accommodations, and online registration.

Gerd Bayer (2009) Heavy Metal Music in Britain

Gerd Bayer
Heavy Metal Music in Britain

(Surrey: Ashgate 2009)
Review by Michelle Phillipov

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Heavy metal is one of popular music’s most enduring and commercially successful genres. Emerging in the late 1960s, metal has since undergone numerous transformations, from massive arena spectacles to obscure underground subgenres. Despite its longevity and sustained popularity over the past four decades, metal has enjoyed only limited scholarly attention. It was not until the early 1990s — over 20 years after the genre’s inception — that a significant body of scholarship began to emerge. But even then, the critical literature on metal has remained noticeably less than for other major musical genres and, significantly, it has also remained noticeably less favourable. Metal has been too often dismissed as conservative and reactionary; its apparent substitution of escapism for political commitment has contributed to a dominant stereotype of the genre as less empowering, less culturally significant and less worthy of study than other more straightforwardly ‘progressive’ alternatives. Continue reading