CfP: Bone Flute to Auto-Tune (University of California)

Bone Flute to Auto-Tune: A Conference on Music & Technology in History, Theory and Practice
April 24-26, 2014 – University of California, Berkeley
Deadline: October 25, 2013

What shapes our music technologies? How do our technologies shape our musical practices and thought? An exciting body of scholarship has addressed such questions for sound recording, electronic instruments and digital media, illuminating the development and adoption of new technologies and their consequences for the creation, circulation, consumption and conception of music. Yet older technologies too were once new – and new technologies often revive or perpetuate old values, compromises and assumptions in unrecognized ways. This conference aims to question and illuminate the acoustic/electronic and analog/digital divides by addressing „new“ music technologies from across history, from notation systems to sound recording, string instruments to synthesizers, carillons to computers, metronomes to MIDI – from bone flute to auto-tune. The conference also aims to open up dialogues between past and current practice by bringing together scholars, musicians and inventors from the Bay/Silicon Valley Area and beyond.

Proposals for presentations addressing music and technology from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives are invited. Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute presentation to dloughridge at berkeley.edu by October 25, 2013.

Conference participants include Georgina Born (Professor of Music and Anthropology, Oxford University), Adrian Freed (Research Director, CNMAT) and Roger Moseley (Assistant Professor of Music, Cornell University). For updated information, please visit: boneflutetoautotune.wordpress.com/conference-2014

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