Popular Music Education: Paradigms, Practices, Pedagogies, Problems

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Popular Music Education: Paradigms, Practices, Pedagogies, Problems
Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2014

Popular music has a growing presence in education (formal and otherwise), from primary school to postgraduate study. Programmes, courses and modules in popular music studies, popular music performance, songwriting and many areas of music technology that could be said to relate chiefly to popular music (such as DJ-ing, for example) are becoming commonplace across higher education. Additionally, specialist pop/rock/jazz graded exam syllabi (RockSchool and Trinity Rock and Pop, for example) have emerged in recent years, meaning that it is now possible for school leavers in some countries to have obtained university entry requirements having only studied popular music. In the context of teacher education, classroom teachers and music-specialists alike are becoming increasingly empowered to introduce popular music into their classrooms. However, discourse regarding ‘popular music’ in education still tends to take place alongside normative discourse around ‘music’. Continue reading

Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures

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Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures
Edited by Graham St John

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals have flourished worldwide over the last 25 years. From massive raves sprouting around the London orbital at the turn of the 1990s to events operated under the control of corporate empires, EDM festivals have developed into cross-genre, multi-city, transnational mega-events. From free party teknivals proliferating across Europe since the mid-1990s to colossal attractions like Belgium’s Tomorrowland, and from neotribal gatherings like Southern California’s Lightning in a Bottle and other “transformational” festivals, to such digital arts and new media showcases as Montreal’s MUTEK and Berlin’s Club Transmediale, EDM festivals are platforms for a variety of arts, lifestyles, industries and policies. Unlicensed paroxysms, sanctioned extravaganzas, aesthetic frontiers, activist mobilisations, colonies of cosmopolitanism, they occasion manifold cultural practices, performed by multitudes to a cornucopia of ends. Continue reading

Developing Pedagogies of Punk‏

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Developing Pedagogies of Punk
Deadline: 6 January 2014

Developing curriculums and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of punk music is a poorly investigated area within music in higher education. The growing capability for institutions to develop programmes in these popular music areas have led to an appropriation of traditional teaching methods in some areas and innovative ground-breaking processes in others. The aim of this edited volume is to capture the contemporary thinking and doing of teaching practitioners around the world exploring their practice as punk pedagogues. Continue reading

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema‏

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The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema
Diane Hughes & Mark Evans (Eds.)

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema will be the seventh volume in the Genre, Music and Sound series (Equinox Publishing). Equinox’s Genre, Music and Sound series extends the discipline of screen soundtrack studies by addressing a series of popular international film genres as they have developed in the post-War era (1945-present); analyzing the variety and shared patterns of music and sound use that characterize each genre. This seventh volume will focus on the singing voice in contemporary cinema from 1945 to the present day, and rather than being restricted to one particular genre, will consider how the singing voice has helped define and/or confuse genre classification. Continue reading

Sound in Canada

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Sound in Canada: Environment, Technology, History
Deadline: 18 November 2013

For the past three decades, cultural studies has become especially attuned to sonic and auditory culture, resulting in the arrival of a new and exciting field known as “Sound Studies”. During this same period, music scholarship has expanded its own purview to include many of the same issues and research methodologies, particularly in approaching musical styles and practices that are not fully suited to more traditional modes of musicological inquiry. There is, however, no central text that offers the uniquely Canadian perspective on sound, despite the fact that Canadian cultural history is replete with studies and cultural production sensitive to the auditory environment. Chapter proposals are requested for such a text, which will provide an interdisciplinary cross-section of current research on Sound in Canada. Continue reading

Global Glam

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Global Glam: Style and Spectacle in Popular Music from the 1970s to the 2000s
Deadline: 1 November 2013

Contributions are invited for an edited book on style and spectacle in “glam” popular music performance from the 1970s to the present day. The editors are seeking chapters of about 7000 words on artists, bands, and movements, and covering a range of national, regional, and cultural contexts from around the globe. Continue reading

Subculture of Skateboarding‏

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Subculture of Skateboarding‏
Due date: 1 November 2013

In Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body, the first academic monograph on skateboarding, Iain Borden noted that “academic and external records of skateboarding are extremely limited… there have been few historical accounts of its internal practices and development, still less of its wider social meanings” (2001, p. 4). Since then, many more studies on skateboarding have emerged from areas as diverse as urban design, sociology of sport, medicine, geography and youth studies. Academic discussion reveals various and often contradictory understandings of skateboarding: it is a multi-million dollar industry, recreational activity, sport, children’s pursuit, fad, underground movement, criminal activity, form of transport, and an aesthetic practice. Considered ‘extreme’ by corporations, yet not by those involved in the subculture (e.g. Australian Skateboarding Magazine editorial April 2003), skateboarding has become more ‘respectable’ as it is increasingly mainstreamed, yet is still considered in terms of resistance (to capitalist social relations, spatial control, and commodification, for example). Continue reading

Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter‏

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Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter‏
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2013

The singer-songwriter has been a source of creativity and emotion for centuries: from troubadours in the Middle Ages, to John Dowland’s songs of the Renaissance, nineteenth century Lieder, blues singers in the Deep South, to the multitude of figures in the twentieth-century popular music industry. Our intention for the proposed volume is to offer a new perspective on the singer-songwriter, broadly defined, by including chapters that adopt a variety of scholarly angles. Continue reading

The Arena Concert‏

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The Arena Concert: Music, Mediation and Mass Entertainment
Deadline for proposals: 23 July 2013

The idea of live popular music as mass entertainment is one that presents an arresting series of challenges and remains mostly unexplored in contemporary academic writing. And yet, it would seem, arena concerts are coming to constitute the commercial future of popular music, and popular music is being shaped by this phenomena. We ask: what, then, is this phenomena? And what then are the challenges that have blocked a critical engagement with this phenomena? Continue reading