Crafting Sounds, Creating Meaning: Making Popular Music in the U.S.A.
Seattle, WA, April 2002
CALL FOR PAPERS Crafting Sounds, Creating Meaning: Making Popular Music in the U.S. Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA April 11 to 14, 2002 Experience Music Project (EMP) of Seattle, Washington, a museum devoted to exploring creativity and innovation as expressed through American popular music, is pleased to announce its first annual academic conference on popular music studies. It will be held in Seattle, at EMP, from April 11 to 14, 2002. We invite papers from across all disciplines that address popular music, broadly defined in terms of genre, style, and period. While papers on all topics are welcome, we are especially interested in those papers that explore the general idea of "making popular music," from putting together sounds in composition and performance to marketing music through promotions, tours, and videos; experiencing music as a listener; and shaping pop music's meaning through journalism and scholarship. Questions to explore include: How do people "make music" through composing, performing, recording, sampling, DJ-ing, producing, managing, marketing, merchandising, consuming, listening, dancing, writing, learning, and teaching? How do ideologies of authorship, creativity, learning, talent, commerce, and technology shape our understanding of popular music texts, cultures, and histories? How do we account for the birth or rebirth of different kinds of genres, styles, and songs in different historical eras/cultures? How might we introduce meaningful music making and musical participation among children, teens, and adults? We are interested in bringing together a wide range of perspectives on these and other issues from scholars, educators, and students, as well as people who do not ordinarily meet in an academic conference setting, including musicians, producers, and journalists. The conference will include panel discussions, keynote lectures, and concerts in EMP's Sky Church. EMP is currently developing a popular music journal; all conference presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication in the inaugural issue. Proposals should include a 250-word-or-fewer abstract of the paper and a 50-word biography of the presenter. Please send all proposals by November 15, 2001, to Daniel Cavicchi at DanC@emplive.com. E-mail submissions are preferred, but submissions may also be sent through US mail to: Daniel Cavicchi Experience Music Project 2901 Third Avenue Suite 400 Seattle, WA 98121 USA Notifications of acceptance will go out by mid-January. Attendance at the conference will require a $45.00 registration fee; additional information about the conference schedule, registration, and lodging will be made available in January on EMP's Web site, www.emplive.com.