Sunday, 1 February 2009

CFP: Music and Media IMS Pre-Conference (Amsterdam)

4 - 5 JULY 2009

Music and Media will be launched as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary IMS Study Group in a pre-conference preceding the joint IAML-IMS conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Study Group seeks to examine and explore diverse aspects relevant to the theme of ‘mediatizing music’. We are looking for perspectives from scholars engaged in the fields of musicology, media studies, film studies, theatre etc.

Papers, reports and works-in-progress are now invited for submission on issues related, but not limited to any of the following themes:

* the implications of mediatizing music for performance practice
* the implications of mediatizing music in terms of ´liveness´
* the way media have changed the compositional process
* the economics behind the mediatization of music
* (the functioning of) music in television and film
* (the functioning of) music in virtual worlds and games.

Papers will also be considered on any subject related to the above. Abstracts (of 300 words max.) should be submitted by Sunday 1st March 2009.

Abstracts in Word or RTF formats should be send to Emile Wennekes as follows:

-author(s), academic affiliation, e-mail address, title of the abstract, the abstract, technical requirements (piano, overhead, power point, etc).

The Organ Park, ‘Orgelpark’, is provided with modern audio/visual equipment and has a variety of musical instruments that can be used, including a grand piano.

Publication of the contributions in book form is under consideration.


Prof. Dr. Emile Wennekes, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, emile.wennekes[at]


Music plays an important role in media, both in old and certainly in new media: commercials, games, films, ring tones and the like. The other way around, media play an increasing role in music. They have changed the compositional process and characteristics of style; media severely influences performances, composing techniques, the way of recording and visualizing music. What are the theoretical and philosophical consequences of mediatized music? What are the economics behind these processes of mediatization? What role does the process of ‘remediation’(Bolter & Grusin, 2000), from LP to MP3 and 4, play? How has mediatization influenced performance practice, what was the ‘phonograph effect?’ (Katz, 1999). What do processes of mediatizing music mean in terms of ‘liveness’ (Auslander, 1999), ‘animated liveness’ (Wennekes, 2009) and/or ‘immersion’ (Grau, 2003)?

-Auslander, Philip, Liveness: Performance in a mediatized culture. (New York: Routledge, 1999).
-Bolter, Jay David & Grusin, Richard, Remediating: Understanding New Media (Cambridge: MIT Press 2000).
-Grau, Oliver, Virtual art: From Illusion to Immersion. (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003)
-Katz, Mark, The Phonograph Effect: The Influence of Recording on Listener, Performer, Composer, 1900-1940. PhD Thesis University of Michigan, 1999.
-Wennekes, Emile, ‘Brief encounters of a third kind: First Life live concerts in Second Life concert venues’. In: Thea Brejzek, Wolfgang Greisenegger and Lawrence Wallen (eds.), Monitoring Scenography 2: Space and Truth / Raum und Wahrheit. Institute for Design and Technology (idt) Zurich: Zurich University of the Arts, October 2009.

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