Dear IASPM Colleagues
Over the last three years, we have worked hard to create the new Norient Space, The Now in Sound, a transdisciplinary virtual gallery and community platform for music research, music journalism and art. We shut down the Norient magazine yesterday.
The planned Norient Space will offer an extensive archive and can increase the public visibility and acceptance of research fields such as ethnomusicology, popular music studies, sound studies, digital humanities, media studies, postcolonial studies and artistic research.
Please have a look at our crowdfunding campaign
In English: https://www.startnext.com/en/norient
Auf Deutsch: https://www.startnext.com/de/norient
You can become 1 of 1000 Founding Members, or support it small or big, and you can test the existing beta-site. Please also help to share it with your colleagues, via email, social media, mailing lists, newsletters… – The space will only go online, if supported by a strong community and dedicated membership. If we miss this big step, Norient could disappear altogether.
Our goal is to create independent community of thinkers and artists worldwide. We will continue to produce and publish quality content, but we will also provide new formats to promote your books, journals, films, podcasts, or conference proceedings. We think such a platform is long overdue – Research must reach the public and must not be hidden in university libraries. Only in this way can it initiate social developments.
Norient will continue to present great music, and will remain an advocate for music scenes from Bolivia to Ghana to Pakistan – and for a world beyond Eurocentrism, exoticism and discrimination.
As a founding member, you can make this vision of a multi-layered, polyphonic writing of contemporary history through music , sound and noise(s) a reality. Only together, can we defy algorithms and filter bubbles – and tell new stories that are heard far and wide.
We would therefore be delighted if you join us and support our idea.
We can’t wait to get started!
Thomas Burkhalter and Sandra Passaro