Technology plays a crucial role across a broad spectrum of sonic activity, offering new cognitive frameworks and reshaping social networks in ways that challenge the conventional binary of the individual subject versus the collective. It mediates performance and listening, provides new modes of analysis, and inspires musical creation. It conditions our perception of sound as well as our ability to change it, and is thus both an appropriate tool and topic of aural research.
The nexus of social, cultural, and political issues in and around music, cognition, and technology encompasses a range of interdisciplinary approaches to the question of musical meaning, and therefore this international conference will draw on a wide range of scholarship from across multiple disciplines. We hope to integrate, rather than simply collate, these different methodologies, inviting papers that attempt to reconcile the hermeneutic and the performative, the empirical and the abstract. To this end presenters will share their papers with the other participants in their session two weeks prior to the conference, in order to foster productive dialogue.
Keynotes will be given by Eric Clarke (University of Oxford), Ichiro Fujinaga (McGill University) and Carol Krumhansl (Cornell University). The guest composer will be Tod Machover (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
The program committee includes Roger Moseley, Carol Krumhansl and Kevin Ernste.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be submitted by 1 February 2012. Drafts of accepted papers must be submitted by 26 April 2012.
To submit abstracts, and for more information and a list of potential paper topics, please visit our website at www.mcts2012.com.
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