How is the creation, circulation, and consumption of music changing with its pervasive digital mediation? How are popular music producers adapting, and why are entrepreneurs in Nairobi more upbeat than those in Buenos Aires? Why has sound art emerged as a form in parallel with digital art musics? How can we make sense of live hacking practices and reversions to analogue music technologies? As yet we have only a nascent understanding of the profound transformations wrought by music’s digitization. In these lectures, anthropologist of music Georgina Born presents fresh insights drawn from a global program of ethnographic studies of digital music cultures in Argentina, Canada, Cuba, India, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and beyond.
Opening lecture: Directions in Digital Musics
Free and open to the public
Subsequent lectures are on Fridays at 4:30, in the Elkus Room 125 Morrison Hall
March 7, Aesthetics and Materialities
March 21, Socialities and Institutions
April 18, Times and Genres
May 2, Ontologies and Interdisciplinarities
Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her recent books are Music, Sound and Space (CUP 2013) and Interdisciplinarity (ed. with Andrew Barry, Routledge 2013).