University of California, Berkeley and Meyer Sound:
“Bone Flute to Auto-Tune: A Conference on Music & Technology in History, Theory and Practice”
April 24-26, 2014 – University of California, Berkeley
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 may perpetuate old compromises, values or assumptions in unrecognized ways. This conference takes inspiration from a growing interdisciplinary energy around music and technology, setting out to better understand their intertwined histories, develop critical understandings of their mutual transformations, and suggest new directions for their future.
The conference features nine sessions designed to explore common issues in music and technology from diverse perspectives – „Lifecycles of Musical Instruments,“ „Organ-ic Electronics,“ „‚Artificial‘ Memory,“ „Ages of Technological Reproducibility,“ „Space,“ „Programming the Performer,“ „Vocal Technologies,“ „‚New‘ Instruments,“ and „Future Effects“ – as well as a talk by Roger Moseley (Cornell University) entitled „Digital Analogies,“ and a concert at CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technologies).
For full program information and registration, visit: boneflutetoautotune.wordpress.com/conference-2014
This conference is sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley Department of Music, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS), Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and Meyer Sound.