Digital Pop and the Death of the Musical Artefact

Digital Pop and the Death of the Musical Artefact

10.30am-7.30pm, Saturday 15 October 2011, in the Small Hall Cinema, Main Building, Goldsmiths, University of London.

A one day symposium supported by the Popular Music Research Unit, Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Free entry, all welcome.

Digitalization has profoundly changed the way that popular music is created, circulated and consumed, and has posed a series of critical questions for music makers, music industry organizations and academic researchers. It has also – or so it is alleged – offered greater choice to consumers while devaluing the economic value and cultural importance of recordings. While much writing about the digitalization of pop music has focused on consumption, this symposium brings together music makers, music industry practitioners and academic researchers to debate the issues from the perspective of musicians and producers.

Speakers include:

Eamonn Forde – music industry commentator, Digital Editor Music
Nicola Dibben – musicologist, currently collaborating with Björk

Matthew Herbert – musician, composer, Accidental Records
Lisa Busby – musician and scholar
Samantha Bennett – recording engineer and academic

Holly Bott – Planner, Sony Music

Fred Bolza – VP Marketing, Sony Music

Ben Jones – National Organiser, Recording & Broadcasting, Musicians’ Union

Wayne Marshall – musicologist

A reception featuring live digital music follows from 5.30-7.30pm.

Full details here.

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