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Konferenz: “Over and Over: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music”

Die Kunst der Wiederholung in der Popmusik wird in allerlei Hinsicht beleuchtet, und zwar vom 04. bis 06. Juni 2015 an der Universität von Liege, Belgien. Einreichungen für Beiträge sind schon jetzt möglich.

Näheres zum Aufruf:

“Over and Over: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music
University of Liege, Belgium, 4–6 June 2015
Any enquiries should be sent to christophe.levaux@ulg.ac.be

Over and Over: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music aims at identifying
and studying the recent aesthetic and analytical developments of musical
repetition. From the 32-bar forms of Tin Pan Alley, through the cyclic
forms of modal jazz, to the more recent accumulation of digital layers,
beats, and breaks in Electronic Dance Music (EDM), repetition as both an
aesthetic disposition or formal musicological property stimulated a
diversity of genres and techniques. After decades of riffs, loops,
vamps, reiterated rhythmic patterns, as well as pervasive harmonic
formulae and recurring structural units in standardized song forms, the
time has come to give these notions the place they deserve in the study
of popular music.

Since the 1980s, and following on Richard Middleton’s pioneering work on
musematic and discursive repetition or Robert Fink’s Repeating
Ourselves, repetition can no longer be conceived as a single,
over-arching concept. Whether addressed from the angle of musicology,
sociology, music technology, economy or cultural studies, the complexity
connected to notions of repetition in a variety of musical cultures
calls for a reassessment of relevant theoretical frameworks and
discursive approaches. Suitable topics include (but are not restricted
to) the following:

     * Theory of repetition, academic discourses on repetition,
historiography
     * Music analysis, music theory, musical forms
     * History and sociology of technology
     * Mass cultural theory
     * Psychoanalysis and information theory
     * Genre studies
     * Loops, samples, riffs and remixes
     * DIY culture
     * Repetition in experimental, avant-garde and ‘Art’ music (20th &
21st Centuries)
     * Reception, discomorphosis
     * Sonic ontology of musical repetition
     * Repetition in dance and ritual music

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and short biographical notes (of no
more than 75 words with affiliation, contact email and five keywords)
should be sent in English to christophe.levaux@ulg.ac.be by 18 January 2015.

Papers will be accepted in English, French, and Dutch (whatever the
language of their presentation, participants will be asked to provide
PowerPoint/KeyNote slides in English). Abstracts will be reviewed and
results will be announced in March 2015.

Any enquiries should be sent to christophe.levaux@ulg.ac.be

Organisation Board

Olivier Julien (Paris-Sorbonne University, France)
Christophe Levaux (University of Liege, Belgium)
Kristin McGee (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Christophe Pirenne (University of Liege, Belgium)
Hillegonda Rietveld (South Bank University, United Kingdom)
Koos Zwaan (Inholland Hogeschool, Netherlands)

A collaboration between IASPM Benelux and la branche francophone
d’Europe de l’IASPM”

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