Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice

Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice

A two-day symposium at the University of York, UK. 28-29 June 2016

Please note: call for papers extended to Monday 4th April with notification of acceptance by Friday 29th April.

Submissions are invited for this event hosted by Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice, a research network of practitioners and practitioner-researchers funded by the AHRC.

Contemporary practices in music appear to be increasingly foregrounding interdisciplinary approaches either from individual artists or collaborators. Compositional activity in all its guises – sonic art, notation-based instrumental music, the myriad forms of electronic music, music in the theatre, music for dance, film and so on – may be conceived as a nexus where the practices of different disciplines can connect in various ways, overlapping, bridging, or integrating. The above research network has been established to investigate this area of practice: what kinds of interdisciplinarity are in evidence here, how are these practices organised/facilitated/led, how is such work created and what might this knowledge add to understandings of artistic creativity?

With these questions in mind the organisers are seeking to gather a broad range of perspectives on interdisciplinary practices involving composition including, but not limited to, historical, interpretative, analytical, philosophical and practice-based viewpoints. We welcome proposals that critique notions of interdisciplinarity and that originate from any disciplinary background (for example artists working compositionally for whom music may not be their ‘home’ discipline).

There are three presentation formats available:

Paper (20 minutes)

Lecture-performance (30 minutes)

Workshop (30 minutes)

Proposals should include the following details:

presenter(s) name(s)

institutional affiliation(s) where appropriate

title of paper/lecture-performance/workshop

300-word abstract

for lecture/performances and workshops please include a full list of technical requirements and please describe the format of the workshop

Please send your proposals to Tom Armstrong: t.armstrong@surrey.ac.uk by Monday 21st March 2016. You will be notified of the outcome by 18th April.

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