Friday, November 29, 2013 - 2:30 p.m.

MA in Music and Culture Graduate Colloquium: “Directions in Digital Musics: On the Entanglement of Technological, Social and Aesthetic Change”
by Georgina Born, Professor of Music and Anthropology, Oxford University. Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Abstract: In this paper I present some of the mid-point findings of a six-country comparative ethnographic research program called ‘Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’. Funded by the European Research Council, the MusDig program is intended to be non-parochial: not just about the UK, Europe and North America. In this sense it responds to the post-colonial rebalancing of research and theory towards formerly marginalised areas, illuminating through comparative studies the changes wrought by digital media to musics worldwide. MusDig is also interdisciplinary: as well as the music disciplines, it makes use of anthropology, sociology, media theory, sound studies and critical legal studies. Moreover, the program addresses a range of musics – popular and folk as well as art musics – and their evolving interrelations, across a spectrum of practices – production, circulation and consumption. In these ways MusDig embodies a relational musicology (Born 2010). I first present some of the wider comparative findings, and then focus in on my ethnography of digital art musics in the UK. Starting from a symptomatic crisis in 2012, I draw on research in universities and other key British institutions supporting digital art musics, tracing the diffusion of knowledge economy and creative industries policies through the sector and analysing the frictional entanglement of political, institutional, technological, social and aesthetic change.

Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University, and was previously Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music at Cambridge University. In fall 2013 she is Schulich Visiting Professor in Music at McGill University, and in spring 2014 Bloch Visiting Professor in Music at the University of California, Berkeley.

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