Like, share and subscribe: Youtube, music and cyberculture before and after the new decade

Call for papers

In February 14th of 2005, Youtube was founded and grew to become the biggest online platform for video sharing. In these past 15 years, billions of audiovisual contents have been produced, shared, transformed, downloaded and consumed by billions of users worldwide, placing this website as a central hub for their daily lives while browsing the internet. While Youtube was – and still is – a recognized online space that provided new digital formats of content production and sharing, this platform also marked this past decade in the social, political and cultural spectrums of everyday life, creating new work logics and forms of labour (from DIY to self-made Youtubers), creative communities and social bubbles in this cyberspace. Alongside Youtube, the rapid and ever growing technological developments of the internet shaped how modern life is, nowadays, always connected in a global cloud. From smartphones to laptops, from televisions to refrigerators, technology plays a central role in the current paradigm of connectivity, social networks and instant feedback culture. Music, in many ways, as a social device, is inseparable of these processes, being a key element of our daily routines. Music was progressively molded and adapted to the technological and social demands of the past years, but also took part in shaping in several ways the new technology itself. This dual connection enabled the predominance of music and its sociocultural practices in several online platforms, forums and specialized websites, while at the same time, the role of the user and their input is central to the participatory culture that defines the current era. The boundaries between users and producers are increasingly blurred, if not already inexistent, and many of the contents available online are the result of the individual investment of the produsers, allowing to share their own personal interests with cybercommunities formed around specific objects.

​Considering these aspects, it’s of the utmost relevance to discuss how musical practices – composing, listening, playing, teaching – have been transformed in the past fifteen years and what is to be expected and considered to be the future of music in the next decade of 2020. How was Youtube a trigger in the consolidation of new audiovisual formats online from its start? What are the new and reinvented forms of music production and consumption in digital spaces? Are these online platforms contributing to ease our daily lives? How is the internet transforming the creative industries and the agents who play a part in them? What are the main changes in music production and consumption in the industry of entertainment and audiovisual media? And also, how is the internet relevant for musicology, both as a tool and/or an object? This conference aims to gather students, academics, artists, teachers, composers, performers and other interested parties in the discussion and research on music, internet and cyberculture, inquiring about the role of the social, cultural and technological transformations in the digital paradigm regarding the consumption, circulation, production and remediation of music. Taking into account the 15th anniversary of Youtube and the start of a new decade of the 21st century, this conference aim’s to discuss, among other topics, the following subjects:

  • The role of Youtube in the musical paradigm from 2005
  • Youtube as a tool, an object and/or a source for musicology and music education
  • The impact and role of new technologies in composing and performing music
  • New forms of music production, consumption and circulation online
  • The uses of music in digital audiovisual contents and processes (films, tv, videogames, publicity, propaganda, social networks, etc.)
  • Cybercommunities and fans, interactivity and participatory cultures
  • Internet and the DIY discourse in music
  • Impact and repercussions of digital culture in today’s way of life
  • Cultural industries and digital aesthetics

Essential informations:

​Presentation lenght: 20 min + 10 min for discussion/questions
Deadline for submission: March 8
Proposal guidelines: abstract (c. 300 words) with a biographical note (c. 150 words) in a doc. file
​Send to: youtubeconference.cysmus@fcsh.unl.pt

All the abstracts will be submited to a blind peer-review and the results and programme draft will be announced around April 15th.

A selection of papers will be published in a miscellaneous volume.

Keynote speaker:
Dr. Holly Rodgers (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The conference will take place in Colégio Almada Negreiros of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the NOVA University of Lisbon, organized by the Research Cluster of Music and Cyberculture (CysMus) of the Centre for Study of Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM).

All the informations concerning the conference are provided and updated on the official website and on the CysMus site, and also on its facebook page and twitter.

Music in the Disruptive Era: The Digital, the Internet and Beyond

organized by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca

14-16 December 2019

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccheriniof Lucca is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Music in the Disruptive Era: The Digital, the Internet and Beyond», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from 14 to 16 December 2019.

The conference aims to investigate the role of the Web and how all the tools related to it have changed the way we learn, approach ourselves and experience music. What are the new forms of music production and consumption through the web? And how has the way we learn music changed? Are new genres and creative processes born? How has the Web influenced the music market? And what are the new types of jobs in music making? Can Music professionalism survive the digital wilderness? Finally, the conference intends to investigate the development of increasingly effective tools useful for musicological research, such as, for instance, the dissemination of historical sources and updated archives, as well as online scientific literature and databases.The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas,although other topics are also welcome: 

  • New Forms of Music Production, Consumption and Reception through the Web
  • New Genres and Creative Processes
  • Musical Discoveries and Knowledge through the Web
  • The Web and Music Education
  •  Music and Liquid Modernity 
  • Music and the Digital Divide
  • The Web and the Music Market
  • New Kinds of Jobs in Music
  • The Web and Research in Music
  • Music Criticism and the Web
  • Sources, Libraries and the Web
  • The Web and Music Publishing
  • Impacts of Digital Media on Musical Performance and Programming
  • The Web, Music Copyright and other Legal Issues
  • Visualizing Music: Defining the Online Experience

Programme Committee

  • David Hurwitz (ClassicsToday.com)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Locanto (Università degli Studi di Salerno)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Pedro Ordoñez Eslava (University of Granada)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynotes Speakers:

  • Georgina Born (University of Oxford)
  • Christine Hine (University of Surrey)

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume. 

Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography. 

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 5 May 2019*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.

The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2019, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date. 

For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala 

conferences@luigiboccherini.org 

www.luigiboccherini.org