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The Uses of Musical Knowledge

  • Room RHB 137, Goldsmiths, University of London London SE14 6NW (map)

A symposium hosted by the CHASE and the Goldsmiths Popular Music Research Unit

This one-day symposium will explore the forms of expertise, the perceived senses of intimacy and ownership, and the power relations inherent in claims to ‘know’ music – claims that are routinely made by musicians, educators and listeners alike. What is musical knowledge, and who has it? How is musical knowledge theorised and embodied? How do we share musical knowledge?

The day will include discussions led by Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo), Marie Thompson (University of Lincoln) and Byron Dueck (Open University), and a roundtable featuring musician-theorists Corey Mwamba and John Harries.

Presentations from CHASE students will address (among other things) electronic dance music, post punk, and grime, and will discuss popular music’s institutionalisation, its aesthetics, and the ways it is experienced by listeners and music-makers.