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Popular music studies: Creativity and the digital

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Dr. Rob Strachan (University of Liverpool) -  Sonic Technologies: Popular Music, Digital Culture and the Creative Process

In the past two decades, digital technologies have fundamentally changed the way we think about, make and use popular music. From the production of multimillion selling pop records to the ubiquitous remix that has become a marker of Web 2.0, the emergence of new music production technologies have had a transformative effect upon 21st Century digital culture. Sonic Technologies examines these issues with a specific focus upon the impact of digitization upon creativity; that is, what musicians, cultural producers and prosumers do. For many, music production has moved out of the professional recording studio and into the home. Using a broad range of examples ranging from experimental electronic music to more mainstream genres, the presentation will examine how contemporary creative practice is shaped by the visual and sonic look and feel of recording technologies such as Digital Audio Workstations.

Sam Cleeve (BCU) - Agency and Immersion in New Music Media

This paper contemplates the changing role of participation, interaction, and immersion in music production and consumption. Drawing heavily on the concept of the ‘post-digital’, and using a range of examples including virtual reality and generative music applications, it presents a reexamination of the role of the digital in such contexts: while it remains an important mechanism for production and distribution, it has also begun to play an active role in mediating both creativity and aesthetic experience. By interrogating a set of emerging technologies and their applications, this paper seeks to unveil a new more human, more intuitive and more tactile sense of the digital in music – one that runs counter to a conventional wisdom which denigrates it as cold and unfeeling.

About the speakers:
Dr. Robert Strachan is a lecturer based in the School of Music at the University of Liverpool. He has published numerous articles on a variety of aspects of popular music culture including DIY music cultures, electronic music and creativity, the history of British black music and music and audiovisual media (such as music video and documentary). He is co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City (Liverpool University Press, 2010). He is commissioning editor of the journal Popular Music History which is published by Equinox press. Rob is also an active musician and sound artist.

Sam Cleeve is a doctoral candidate at Birmingham City University. His current research interrogates emerging media technologies such as virtual reality and spatialised audio as modalities of musical immersion and engagement; previous work on the phenomenology of musical immersion has been published by Perspectives of New Music. He holds degrees in Musicology from the University of Oxford (MSt) and the University of Birmingham (BMus).

For more information, see:
http://twitter.com/sam_cleeve
http://bcu.academia.edu/SamCleeve

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