Einladung: Study day at Visconti Studio, Kingston University London

You are all invited to this upcoming study day at Visconti Studio, Kingston University London, on Saturday the 25th of February, 2017. The theme of the day will be ‚Performing with Technology’.

This study day is free to attend, and will run from 10am until 4pm, incorporating performances, workshops, opportunities for participation and play, practice research demonstrations and short talks. We will conclude with a short drinks reception.
The invitation is also open for proposals for activities that fit with the theme – please get in touch with the sender of this message if you’d like to present, facilitate, perform or share your research on the day.
Interested musicians, technologists, academics, and students are encouraged to attend and take part, however places are limited. Please share this invitation with your networks, and direct your RSVPs to Leah Kardos (L.Kardos(at)kingston.ac.uk).
Visconti Studio is located at Kingston University’s Kingston Hill Campus, KT2 7LB. (Map: https://goo.gl/maps/yyLJ7RiSyEp)
About the 21st Century Music Practices Network:
Most academic research events or publications that use the term ‘music’ in their title (without an epithet such as ‘popular’) refer to western art music but that is a tiny subset of the music that is played and listened to in the 21st century. Indeed, the musical lives of contemporary musicians are far more inter-disciplinary than the academics who study them. This research network was established as a contribution to several recent trends towards more inter-disciplinarity in the academic study of music. By organising a series of study days about quite broadly defined themes the aim is to bring together academics and practitioners from a range of musical cultures – popular music, musical theatre, performance studies, music for visual media, recording, electronic and electroacoustic music, live sound, ethnomusicology and composition. The focus on practice is also important in that it highlights the idea that music is a process or an activity rather than a thing. That doesn’t dismiss the music itself, but it does suggest a study of the ways in which listeners, composers and performers interpret the sound as opposed to the study of certain intrinsic features in a score. Indeed it’s not an ideological attempt to oust this more traditional approach to studying music, simply an attempt to continue a trend to see both flourish. The network is framed as relating to London and SE England because it is about face to face activities. Academics from elsewhere in the UK and abroad who happen to find themselves in the proximity of these events would be more than welcome to participate.

Event 1: Performing With Technology
– looking at how musicians work with studio technology (both analogue and digital), exploring the interfaces and possibilities of electronic music performance and examining how the technological staging of popular music and musical theatre has an impact on performance. What types of new creative practices are emerging? How do they work in both the technical and aesthetic sense? What kinds of opportunities and threats do they afford?
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