Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This week I am traveling to Auckland in New Zealand to present a paper at the Australia/New Zealand branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music's conference - "What's It Worth". My paper is titled 'Contemporary Australian Political Musicians: The Integration of Culture and Activism'. I will be discussing the comparative authenticity of four Australian bands and whether they can be considered 'political' artists (it is an interesting study but perhaps more useful for my PhD than wider society).

The conference is being held at the University of Auckland on Friday 27th November to Sunday 29th November inclusive - you can read more about it here.

Some of the other presentations I am particularly interested in seeing include:
  • Egenes - Remix Culture: The Folk Process in the 21st Century
  • Johnson H - Chordophones, Aerophones and iPhones: The Value of Interactive Mobile Applications in the Mediatization of Music Performance
  • Griffiths - Weapons of Mass Resistance? Radical Musical Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror
  • Giuffre - Trivial Music: A Preliminary Study of the Resurgence and Value of Music Quiz Programs on Australian Television
  • Milicevis (presented by Borota) - Cyberspace and Music
  • Jaeger - The Digital Revolution and Its Beneficial Effects on New Zealand Independent Record Labels
  • Knopoff - What Happened to High Fidelity? Portable Music, the Internet and the Changed Culture of Listening
  • Novak - Digital Music in Everyday Life
  • Borschke - Archival Auteurs: MP3 Blogs and the Aesthetics of Social Distribution
  • Strong - The Triple J Hottest 100 of all time 2009 and the Social Construction of MVsical value

These all look like excellent presentations and I can't wait to hear the papers. If you are around Auckland contact the conference organisers about coming along to see some papers! Otherwise, I hope to be blogging about some of the presentations while I am there. I am also hoping to get some other academics/PhD students together to see if anyone is interested in starting an organisation like FMC/Creative Freedom - hopefully a senior academic will volunteer to chair a working party to get something like this established.


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