VEM at MeCCSA 2015

I’ll be speaking on the team’s behalf at the 2015 conference of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association next week. My paper is entitled ‘The valuing of electronic music’, and will form part of the ‘Music and affect’ panel from 16.45-18.15 on 7 January 2015. This follows Anna’s presentation at the 5th International Conference on Computational Creativity, Byron’s presentation at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology 2014 one-day conference, Anna and Byron’s presentation at the 9th Digital Music Research Network workshop, Byron’s and my contribution to the Open University Digital Humanities Seminar Series (which was video recorded and will be uploaded to the web shortly), and my presentation to the Creative Data Club, as well as a few other presentations in private contexts – and of course the live event. It’s been really great to feel the level of interest in this research, both within and beyond the ivory prison cell.

Glitch Lich performance at the 6 June 2014 live event

Those that were able to attend our live event on 6 June 2014 will doubtless remember the astonishing opening performance from Glitch Lich, with Chad McKinney onstage in London and Cole Ingraham joining remotely from Shanghai. The video is now available to view online. If you want to catch Chad in conversation with other electronic music producers and leading electronic music researcher Luis-Manuel Garcia, you can also check out the video of the panel that took place on the same night.

Presenting VEM to the Digital Music Research Network workshop in London

plugspatchWe’re going to be presenting our work on Valuing Electronic Music at the Digital Music Research Network (DMRN) workshop at Queen Mary, University of London, on Tuesday 16th December. This is the 9th running of this popular workshop and we’re very pleased to be able to discuss our work with this audience.

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VEM at British Forum for Ethnomusicology’s annual one-day conference

On Saturday 29 November, we’ll be presenting our research at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology’s annual one-day conference. This year’s meeting is entitled ‘Ethnomusicology and the City’ and hosted by City University London. A pdf of the conference schedule is available here. The event will take place from 10:00 to 18:00 in the performance space on the lower ground floor of the College Building, St John’s Street, London EC1V 4PB. The nearest tube station is Angel on the Northern Line.

Slackk, Winterlight, Glitch Lich: Electronic Music Producers Panel

The highlight of the live event we ran in London on 6 June this year was the panel discussion between grime producer Paul Lynch (Slackk), ambient producer Tim Ingham (Winterlight), generative noise musician Chad McKinney (Glitch Lich), and ethnomusicologist Luis-Manuel Garcia (click here for Luis’s fascinating talk on club culture, from earlier in the night). After the event wound up, we headed off to Boxed, Slackk’s regular clubnight in Dalston, headlined on that particular occasion by the incredible Spooky Bizzle.

In common with the other talks and performances of the night, the panel was video-recorded; scroll down for a transcript.

Also available from the Open University podcast site.

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Valuing Electronic Music, Online and Off

Date: 26 November 2014

Time: 1.00pm-3.00pm

Venue: Arts Music Studio, The Open University Walton Hall, Milton Keynes
Directions: http://oudigitalhumanities.wordpress.com/2014-seminars/directions-to-arts-music-studio/

Speakers:
Daniel Allington (Department of Applied Linguistics and English Language, Open University)
Byron Dueck (Department of Music, Open University);
Anna Jordanous (School of Computing, University of Kent)

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Valuing Electronic Music workshop, 16 May 2014

Attendance at the workshop we organised in May was by invitation only, but the project team’s presentations were video recorded. In this edited version, we explain how and why we have been researching London’s electronic music scene and the valuing of electronic music.

Also available from the Open University podcast site.

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Valuing Electronic Music: a video introduction

Back in June, we held our first public event, with live music performances, talks, and free food. The talks and performances were recorded and soon they will all be available online. We’re starting with Anna’s, Byron’s, and my introduction to the Valuing Electronic Music project as a whole. In this talk, we explain how and why we have been studying the value of electronic music, and reveal a little of what we’ve found out so far.

Also available from the Open University podcast site.

Liquidarity: a talk by Luis-Manuel Garcia

Those who were able to attend our live event at the Lexington on 6 June 2014 were privileged to hear a typically engaging and thought-provoking presentation from leading ethnographer of electronic dance music, Luis-Manuel Garcia. In it, Luis explored what he called the ‘particular form of togetherness that happens at electronic music events’, which he related to the areas investigated by the Valuing Electronic Music project.

Like all the talks and performances of the night, Luis’s presentation was recorded – and now it’s available for view.

Also available from the Open University podcast site.

Networks of Value on SoundCloud: presentation to the Creative Data Club, 23 September 2014

On 23 September 2014, I gave an invited presentation to a meeting of the Creative Data Club, organised by Sound and Music, the national agency for new music. Also speaking were Chris Unitt from One Further, presenting a study on how arts organisations are using Facebook, Jay Short from inition, showcasing 3D-printed visualisations of social media data, Dan Simpson, talking about his crowdsourcing of poetic composition, and shardcore, telling the hilarious and poignant tale of Alex the twitterbot. Here are the slides, plus a few audience responses and livetweets at the end. The text is based on the same handwritten notes that I extemporised from on the day.

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(Photograph by Sound and Music)

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