Interfaces: tradition and technology in musical heritage work

8 and 9 December 2016 at the National Library of Norway


The digital arts and humanities are evolving at a breathtaking pace.  Within music, this has opened up a spectrum of possibilities, from the strict and tradition-based editorial approaches of the publishing houses, to the newer emphasis upon experimental digital editions and artistic research in interplay with new multi-media resources.  However, not all potential beneficiaries of this evolving research environment feel fully enfranchised to take up the new opportunities for research and dissemination that digitization offers.


The conference aims to broaden knowledge and widen enfranchisement by looking more closely at the interfaces between the materials and technical means that digitization involves.


Musikkarvkonferansen 2016 brings together examples from international institutions and colleagues with key institutions and their music researchers and artists in the Nordic environment in order to interrogate more deeply the spectrum of digital possibilities, its particular nature in relation to the Nordic environment, and its global promise for the future of research and performance in music.


A key aim of the event is to overcome perceived divisions between the ‘lived’ experience of musical research and music-making and the nature – and potential – of digitally-based practice in the post-millennial era.  As well as helping those present to become more aware of existing practices, the conference aims to point the way forward to new, and as yet unrealized, modes of digital working.


Keynote presenters:


  • Elaine Chew – Professor of Digital Media & Pianist

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London

  • Johannes Kepper – Administrative Chair of the MEI Board

Beethovens Werkstatt, Musicological Institute Detmold / Paderborn




We look forward to welcoming you to this important event.


The Committee for Musikkarvkonferansen 2016:

Margrethe S. Bue, National Library of Norway

Darla Crispin, Norwegian Academy of Music

Astrid Kvalbein, University of Oslo

Arnulf Christian Mattes, University of Bergen

Bjarte Engeset, Norwegian Musical Heritage Project