With apologies for cross-posting: Jonas Menze and I are pleased to be able to announce that our latest book, Gear Acquisition Syndrome – Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music, featuring a foreword by Steve Waksman, has been published today. Scholars interested in how musicians acquire, use, collect and regard musical equipment as part of their extended selves, essential for their music-making, may find it a stimulating and enjoyable read.
Gear Acquisition Syndrome, also known as GAS, is commonly understood as the musicians’ unrelenting urge to buy and own instruments and equipment as an anticipated catalyst of creative energy and bringer of happiness. For many musicians, it involves the unavoidable compulsion to spend money one does not have on gear perhaps not even needed. The urge is directed by the belief that acquiring another instrument will make one a better player.
This book pioneers research into the complex phenomenon named GAS from a variety of disciplines, including popular music studies and music technology, cultural and leisure studies, consumption research, sociology, psychology and psychiatry. The newly created theoretical framework and empirical studies of online communities and offline music stores allow the study to consider musical, social and personal motives, which influence the way musicians think about and deal with equipment. As is shown, GAS encompasses a variety of practices and psychological processes. In an often life-long endeavour, upgrading the rig is accompanied by musical learning processes in popular music.
we are very proud to announce the first volume of the new series ~Vibes by the German-speaking branch of IASPM. «Pop–Power–Positions: Globale Beziehungen und populäre Musik» (Global Relations and Popular Music) looks at (global) power relations and representations of differences in popular music (studies).
Just a few things to run by you from the world of Journal of Popular Music Studies as we kick off 2021. Our book series resumes tomorrow with Daphne Brooks, in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin and Gayle Wald, talking about her Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound, coming out next month on Harvard Press. We have a jampacked set of offerings: look for the schedule here: http://iaspm-us.net/journal-of-popular-music-studies/books-in-process-series/
Editors: Serouj Aprahamian, Shamell Bell, Rachael Gunn, and MiRi Park
IASPM Journal is the peer-reviewed open-access e-journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). As part of an international network, the journal aims to publish research and analysis in the field of popular music studies at both global and local levels.
The recent succession of protests and uprisings following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of (now former) Minneapolis police officers overwhelmingly included dance as a protest tactic. While dancers have long engaged in cultural acts of resistance, this iteration in the #blacklivesmatter movement stemmed directly from the efforts of dancers/activists who participated in the protests following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Ezell Ford, and Michael Brown. Dancer/activist/scholar/mother Shamell Bell deemed “Street Dance Activism” as a protest tool to celebrate Black Joy in the face of Black death, and renowned dance scholar Brenda Dixon-Gottschild has noted how such actions have gained increasing visibility over the last decade.
Sounds of the Pandemic International online conference, December 16-17, 2020
3 Keynotes | 8 Thematic Sessions | 10 Virtual Posters | 60 Panelists: the conference programme is now online! GO TO PROGRAMME.
The conference will take place on Zoom as a Video Webinar. There will be room for up to 500 registered attendees: registration opens on Tuesday, December 1 on the conference website and will close on Monday, December 14.
The event will not be live streamed on social media, but will be later uploaded on YouTube.