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Konferenz “One Century of Record Labels”

Mit der Unter-Überschrift “Mapping places, stories and communities of sound” geht es am 06. und 07. November 2014 an der Newcastle University zur genannten Sache. Beiträge werden gesucht.

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“International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University,

November 6th – 7th 2014

Keynote: Dr Pete Dale (Slampt Records, Manchester Metropolitan University)

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will expose, question and
celebrate the enduring role of independent and commercial record labels
in the construction of musical patrimony, from the early days of the
record industry to the present. Record labels have traditionally
functioned as organs of representation (replicating for instance racial
stereotypes), codification (setting genres and trends), as well as
emancipation (allowing for marginal trends, voices and groups of artists
to emerge). They exist at the intersection of the public and the
personal, capturing the collective imagination as well as the private
fascination of the collector. They occupy different spaces and scales,
from internationally influential, legendary record labels (Stax, Motown,
or Columbia) to more obscure, bedroom-run, non-commercial labels (Sarah
Records, Musical Traditions Records). The aim of the conference is to
gather a variety of perspectives on the past and present legacy of
record labels, and to examine their changing status and relevance in an
age of increasing dematerialisation.

While this conference should be of interest to researchers in popular
music studies, we particularly encourage contributions from within the
fields of musicology, cultural studies, media studies, and sociology.

Papers could address (but are not limited to) the following aspects:

-        Record labels, race and gender. Representations of minorities
through records (for instance, early American ‘race records’ or ‘ethnic
records’). The role of record labels in colonialism and post-colonial

-        Record labels, resistance and subculture. The politics of DIY,
non-commercial, micro-record labels, which are especially relevant in
subcultural scenes such as punk, hardcore, rap, hip hop and twee pop.

-        Record labels, consumption and geography. Local, national,
transnational and globalised identities. Audio tourism and the
commodification of cultural difference.

-        The sonic iconicity of record labels and associated
studios/producers (Sun, Motown, Chess). The linked histories of
audiences, record labels and record production.

-        The material culture of record labels and ‘gramomania’ (Katz).
Fans, collectors and personal archives. Lost record labels and their
subsequent revivals, through practices of vinyl archaeology, collecting,
curating and reissuing. The visual iconography of labels, cover-art and
liners note as paratext (also digital metadata or downloadable
supplementary visual/textual content).

-        Historiographical perspectives. How have record labels impacted
the creation of musical canons? The many ways in which labels have
organised musical production; the construction and contestation of
normative production practices and codes.

-        How labels mediate ideologies of musical creativity/talent.

-        Representations of record labels in the media.

-        Record labels in the digital age. MP3 labels, netlabels and the
use of technological platforms such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud or YouTube.

A selection of papers will be included in an edited book or journal.

Proposals for individual papers (thirty minutes including discussion)
and for panels (up to one hour) will be considered. Abstracts (300 words
maximum) should be submitted to recordlabelconference2014@gmail.com with
a short biographical note. Proposals for panels should also include an
abstract for each individual paper.

The deadline for submissions is 4th July 2014. Selected speakers will be
notified by the first week of August.

Conference organisers:

Dr Elodie A. Roy (Newcastle University)

Matthew Ord (Newcastle University)”

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