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Music

Music, Media and Technologies

Royal Musical Association Study Day

Call for Papers

How do media and technology shape music-making, music experience, and music meaning? What contemporary and historical developments in these fields influence how music (of any kind) can be understood? How has music played a role in shaping wider media and technology environments?

This study day aims to attract scholars from across music’s sub-disciplines interested in analysing the significance of media and technologies in the production, dissemination and experience of music.

Research areas might include (but are not limited to) both contemporary and historical approaches to musicology, analysis, ethnomusicology, music technology, psychology, education, composition and performance. There are no restrictions on musical genres, eras, or research approaches.


Themes

The following themes are of particular interest:

Media and technologies in music production:

- Musical instruments and creative tools

- Wider technologies around creation and live music-making

- Recording and the studio

The influences of technologies at the moments of inspiration, creation and live performance in music of any kind. These may be central to the production of sound (musical instruments, creative tools) or have a less direct impact (technologies bringing together musicians and listeners, technologies of the physical or media spaces for music-making). These themes might be approached from analytical, historical or social perspectives, as well as those of creative practice.


Media and technologies in music dissemination:

- Film, broadcast, and music industries

- New media (historical or contemporary perspectives)

- Media of music learning

The roles of media and technology in how music is spread and encountered. Focuses may include the impacts of commercialisation and the proliferation of new media (from both historical and contemporary perspectives) upon the processes and products involved in learning and sharing music. This might be explored through analysis of both musical texts and wider social contexts.


Media and technologies in music experience:

- Technologies of listening and music’s integration into everyday life

- Issues of genre, transnationalism and cultural hybridity

- Impacts upon identities, politics and communities

The effects of media and technologies in music’s broader involvements and uses. Focus here may fall on audiences, listeners, amateurs and communal music-makers, for whom music is integrated into wider life through media and technologies. Suggested areas of exploration include impacts upon global music flows, and the shaping of communal and individual experiences with music.