9th ARP Conference

9th Art of Record Production Conference
Hosted by Stan Hawkins, Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen and Anne Danielsen
University of Oslo
4-6 December 2014

A call for papers will be circulated early January 2014.

Confirmed industry keynote speaker is Stargate:

Stargate, composed of Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, has worked with some of the most influential names in music over the past decade, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Jay Z and many more. Their melodies and hooks are unmistakable and have produced some of the biggest songs of today, including 10 Billboard #1 hits, among them “Diamonds”, “Rude Boy”, “Only Girl (In The World)”, “Black&Yellow”, “What’s My Name” and “Firework”. The team has received two Grammy awards, ASCAP Songwriters of the Year, an Ivor Novello Award and Rolling Stone Hitmakers of the Year. They have lectured at University of Southern California, Museum of Modern Art in New York City and NYU.

A special session with sound engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug is also confirmed:

Kongshaug is one of the world’s most renowned studio engineers and the owner of Rainbow Studio in Oslo. He has recorded more than 700 albums for the label ECM in cooperation with producer Manfred Eicher and has worked with, among others, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Jan Garbarek, Ornette Coleman and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Performance Studies Program at Texas A&M

Performance Studies Program at Texas A&M
Accepting MA Student Applications
Deadline: 15 January 2014

The Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University is accepting applications for the Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies. Graduate Assistantships, which include tuition, healthcare benefits, and a monthly stipend, are available for qualified students. Our students and faculty are committed to the ethnographic study of vernacular culture and the integration of practice and research. Continue reading

AHRC Studentships

AHRC Studentships
SWW Training Partnership‏
School of Music
Cardiff University

The School of Music at Cardiff University is delighted to invite AHRC studentship applications as part of the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP). The consortium, whose 8 members include our partner Music departments at Bath Spa, Bristol and Southampton, has secured 200 studentships to be disbursed over 5 years. Students within the DTP are based in a single department, but the consortium works on the principle of collaborative supervision and is also working in partnership with major arts and culture organisations both in the UK and abroad. Continue reading

Sound Studies: Mapping the Field

Call for papers
Sound Studies: Mapping the Field
2nd European Sound Studies Association (ESSA) Conference
27-29 June 2014

In 2005, radio scholar Michele Hilmes raised the question whether there was a field called Sound Culture Studies? Her answer was a cautious “yes, there is a field”. We agree, even though it has become increasingly difficult, even for an avid reader, to have a genuine feeling of a single field of sound studies. We see developments that call for institutional change within the academy. And outside academia we witness a growing interest for sound artworks, sound archives, sound designs, audio books, etc. All these examples testify to a vivid, exiting, and rapidly changing field or fields of sound studies. Continue reading

Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures

Call for papers
Holy Crap!
Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures
28–29 August 2014
Helsinki, Finland

Holy Crap! is an international conference organised by the Finnish Youth Research Society and Network, focusing on the interrelations between popular culture, youth and the sacred. The conference aims at interrogating understandings of popular and youth cultures in relation to the contested phenomena of (post)secularisation, re-enchantment and the emergence of alternative spiritualities. Continue reading

Assistant Professor of Music

Assistant Professor of Music (Performance and Music Theory)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Further details

Ramapo College of New Jersey invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music in the School of Contemporary Arts to begin Fall 2014. The ideal candidate will lead instrumental music performance courses and develop ensembles as well as teach all levels of Musicianship, Music Theory, Songwriting and Improvisation. The ability to teach core courses for students seeking Teacher Certification or courses in the Music Industry concentration is also desirable. The Music program at Ramapo is oriented toward contemporary music; therefore fluency in diverse contemporary practices including popular, rock, hip-hop, electronic and jazz, in addition to traditional Western music, is required. Keyboard proficiency is required and expertise on guitar is desired.

Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation

Call for articles
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