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CFP: New Media and Old Archives – 2023 Grainger Symposium

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      Sarah Kirby

      New Media and Old Archives – Exploring Twentieth-Century Music, Media and Technology – 2023 Grainger Symposium

      As part of the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne’s new research programme, this symposium explores the theme of music history, composition, and performance in the context of innovation, exploration and engagement with of new media and new technologies. It takes a broad definition of both music and new media, allowing historical consideration of those genres and technologies dominant during the lifetime of Percy Grainger (1882–1961)—the composer, inventor, and musical innovator who founded the museum—and current digital media responses to music research and material in music museums and archives.Grainger was keenly aware of and interested in the possibilities of new media, particularly those that made music accessible to a wide and varied audience. Through the first half of the twentieth-century, Grainger made use of recording and reproducing technologies to disseminate his own music and the music of others, made field recordings of folk song on phonograph, broadcast music and lectures, was fascinated by Hollywood and film music, and engaged with electronic music, developing his experimental free music machines.


      Delivery method: Hybrid: in person at the Grainger Museum and online

      The symposium themes include, but are not limited to, Grainger and his contemporaries’ engagement with new media and technology ranging from

      • Broadcasting
      • Recorded sound
      • Piano rolls and pianola technology
      • Interventions in folk song recording
      • Experimental and electronic instruments
      • Film and film music


      We will also consider proposals relating to present-day engagement with new technologies in the context of music archives, including the Grainger Museum and Collection, and other archives that preserve music, sound, and cultural history of the twentieth century.

      Presentation formats include formal conference papers and lecture recitals/demonstrations of 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

      Contributions from under-represented communities, research students, and independent scholars and artists are particularly welcomed.

      Proposals should include the following: paper title, abstract of no more than 250 words, name of the presenter, a short biography (up to 100 words), and institutional affiliation if applicable.

      Proposals should be submitted by 1 September 2023 to grainger@unimelb.edu.au. Please use ‘Symposium Proposal’ as the subject line of your email.

      Questions? Please contact Dr Sarah Kirby, kirby.c@unimelb.edu.au

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