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Review: SMA Music Analysis Workshop

On the last Saturday in November, the first SMA Music Analysis Workshop took place at Cardiff University’s School of Music. Alongside the TAGS conference, the biannual Summer School (coming up this July) and the Writing Club workshops, the Music Analysis Workshop constitutes a new and important addition to the varied events through which the SMA supports its student members and fosters interest in music analysis.

The conception of this project was formed during a series of discussions among members of staff at Cardiff University (particularly Charles Wilson, David Beard and Keith Chapin) and myself, in consultation with Dr Nicholas Reyland (Keele University) and committee members of the SMA. What emerged from these talks was the format of an interactive workshop, in which the participants get not only a theoretical introduction into a particular methodological approach to analysing music but also a ‘hands-on’ experience of its practical application. In that way we intended to reach out to a broader audience: those whose primary research interest lie outside music analysis were offered a comprehensive introduction into the discipline, while more experienced candidates were given the opportunity to explore methods they were not particularly familiar with.

The first workshop was conducted by Dr Charles Wilson (Cardiff University), who focused on post-tonal music theory. He started his session with an introduction re-negotiating the position of music analysis in the aftermath of the wave of criticism from the New Musicology movement. Challenging the common objection that music analysis is divorced from the ‘actual’ experience of music, he illustrated through musical examples as diverse as Debussy, Webern and Berio the correlation between ‘perceptibles’ and ‘observables’; that is, between musical features or events which are perceived as significant in the process of listening (regardless of theoretical education or rational endeavour) and structurally significant features or events which can be observed analytically in the score. This was practically demonstrated in the interactive parts of the session, when participants were asked to make ‘intuitive’ comments on musical examples, which were subsequently linked to more rigorously analytical observations. The participants learned to identify different kinds of scales (pentatonic, diatonic, hexatonic, octatonic, etc.) using ‘clock diagrams’, to trace their alteration within a piece by Debussy, and to compare the contrasting uses of such modes in pieces by different composers. Particularly in his analysis of a song by Webern, tracing the symbolism of Stefan George’s poetry in Webern’s treatment of hexatonic modality, Dr Wilson gave convincing examples of sensitive application of analytical methods, demonstrating that music analysis is one of many mutually interconnected ways of engaging hermeneutically with music.

Dr Nicholas Reyland

These issues were also central to the second workshop, led by Dr Nicholas Reyland (Keele University) and focused on the functioning of music in audio-visual analysis of screen media. Dr Reyland drew attention to the ‘middle ground’ between sophisticated analytical reflection of music on the one hand and visceral response to musical stimuli on the other, in which music is perceived through familiar stylistic or topical conventions and, broadly speaking, enculturated knowledge. The participants had chance to ‘audio-view’ the newest Star Wars trailer and get closer understanding of the role music plays in it. Another interactive exercise involved ‘blind listening’ and ‘deaf viewing’ of a particular scene from Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy Three Colors: Blue (music by Zbigniew Preisner). This technique of ‘masking’, in which the elimination of one element of perception draws attention to another, offered valuable insight into the ways in which music contributes to the production of meaning in multi-media contexts and generated lively discussion. It became apparent that approaches and techniques employed by audio-visual analysis have profound implications for analysing music on its own. Indeed, the argument was convincingly made that music is never quite ‘on its own’.

Although the above described sessions constituted the main body of the event, many exciting things happened in between and afterwards. Several participants made use of the opportunity, kindly offered by Wilson, Reyland and Beard, to discuss their research during thirty-minute individual meetings. Breaks for coffee and lunch (generously provided by the SMA) offered an opportunity to get to know colleagues from across the country. The event was formally concluded by a discussion session, attempting to wrap up the numerous topics and ideas let loose during the day. Particularly prominent was the question of the boundaries of music analysis, which were revealed to be far from solid, allowing significant and stimulating overlaps with other sub-disciplines and methodologies of music studies. This vibrant debate continued among many of the participants over a pint in a nearby pub.

The event attracted more than twenty participants from eleven UK institutions, including not only students of musicology but also ethnomusicology, performance and composition. This can be considered a proof that the interest in analytical understanding of music is not an ‘ivory tower’ phenomenon endemic to a particular academic discipline but rather one that it is shared by people from all branches of music studies. The enthusiastic and positive response of the participants suggest good reasons to hold high hopes that further similar events will follow this successful pilot scheme.

Martin Curda
Cardiff University

Posted on 23rd December 2014 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, Reviews, SMA No comments » Tags:

KeeleMAC 2015: Call for papers

The Keele Music Analysis Conference (Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 July 2015, Keele University, UK) welcomes proposals for papers on any aspect of theory, analysis and criticism relating to music and musical practices of any genre, style or period.

Proposals in the following categories will be considered:

- Papers (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for discussion)
- Paper sessions (three or four papers, each of 20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes per paper for discussion)
- Roundtable discussions (up to 6 participants, each giving a short position paper, followed by a general discussion, total running time of 90 or 120 minutes)
- Recitals, lecture-recitals and lectures illustrated by sound diffusions or audio-visual screenings (maximum duration 90 minutes)

Keynote speakers at KeeleMAC:

Professor Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa)
Professor James Hepokoski (Yale)
Professor David Neumeyer (Texas)

The conference will include a plenary roundtable ‘Women and Analysis’ with speakers including Professor Janet Schmalfeldt (Tufts), Dr Laurel Parsons (Victoria, Chair of the Society for Music Theory Committee on the Status of Women) and Professor Amanda Bayley.

The Editorial Board of Music Analysis will be pleased to discuss publication opportunities with speakers and delegates at the conference.

The conference is convened by Dr Nicholas Reyland (Keele University).

Proposal Instructions / Guidelines

Abstracts and proposals should be prepared as follows:

- For individual papers: up to 250 words
- For paper sessions: 250-word (maximum) summary and up to 200 words for each session participant
- For roundtable discussions: 250-word (maximum) and up to 150 words for each panel participant
- For recitals, lecture-recitals and lectures illustrated by sound diffusions or audio-visual screenings: 250 word (maximum) summary, plus participant CVs and recordings / scores / other details of works to be included in the event (contact organiser to discuss)

Further information for applicants:

- Only one proposal of each type is permitted per applicant
- Proposals should not substantially duplicate presentations being given at conferences or other events proximate in time or place to KeeleMAC
- All proposals must be sent by email as a MS Word or pdf attachment to keelemac2015@keele.ac.uk.
- Proposals need not be anonymised

Programme Committee:
Professor William Drabkin, Professor Julian Horton, Dr Anne Hyland, Professor Barbara Kelly, Dr Nicholas Reyland (Chair), Dr Kenneth Smith, Dr Edward Venn, Dr Alastair Williams

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: 5 JANUARY 2015

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal(s) by 9 February 2015

Posted on 15th October 2014 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA No comments » Tags:

SMA Summer School: Call for Applicants

Keele University

6-7 July 2015 – preceding Keele Music Analysis Conference (8-10 July 2015)

Guest tutors:

Professor Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa)

Professor. James Hepokoski (Yale)

Professor David Neumeyer (Texas)

Building on the great success of its previous Summer Schools, the Society for Music Analysis is organising another summer school at Keele University, 6-7 July 2015. The residential course will be open to both national and international applicants, and will provide a unique forum for advanced study in theory and analysis in the UK. It will segue into the Keele Music Analysis Conference (KeeleMAC, 8-10 July2015), convened by Dr Nicholas Reyland (Keele), to which applicants are warmly invited to submit paper proposals.

Designed as an intensive programme run in small seminar and tutorial groups, the 2015 Summer School will be taught by international experts in performance studies, sonata theory and screen music – the three topics that will be the focus of its seminars and tutorials.

Attendance will be capped at c. 20 students. To be considered for a place, please submit a two-page CV including details of your academic qualifications and publications (if any), plus a short statement (up to 250 words) concerning your current work and how a place on the Summer School would assist it, to information@sma.ac.uk by 5 January 2015. Documents should be sent in Word or .pdf format. The Summer School is open to current masters and doctoral students, and to scholars within two years of completing a doctorate. Applicants will be informed of their proposal’s outcome by 9 February 2015.

The Editorial Board of Music Analysis has provided a subvention that will offer successful music students free accommodation and meals at the Summer School: participants need only cover the cost of their travel to Keele. If they intend to stay for KeeleMAC, Summer School participants will have to register and pay for the conference (student rate) separately.

Feedback on previous SMA Summer Schools:

‘Classes were intensive and interactive, taking the form of small seminar groups rather than lectures, and encouraged an equal exchange of ideas, transcending the usual tutor/student hierarchy. The SMA merits our gratitude and praise for spearheading such a valuable initiative, and one which is set to evolve and (one hopes) to become a permanent fixture in its calendar of events.’ (Dr Anne Hyland, Manchester University).

Posted on 15th October 2014 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, SMA, Uncategorized No comments » Tags:

Call for Papers: TAGS Conference 2014

Royal Holloway, University of London
Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd May, 2014
Deadline for proposals: 21st March 2014
Keynote Speaker: Julian Horton (Durham University)
Student travel bursaries available

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of May, 2014. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome. Our keynote speaker will be the SMA’s new President, Professor Julian Horton (Durham University), who will give a paper entitled ‘In Defence of Musical Analysis’.

Proposals are invited from postgraduate students for 20-minute papers, themed sessions and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music. We also welcome submissions in the following areas:

• Analysing a-/microtonal Music;
• Analysing non-Western Musics;
• Performance as Analysis / Analysis as Performance;
• Analysis, Philosophy, and Critical Theory;
• Intersections between History, Theory, and Analysis;
• Analysing Popular Music and Improvisation;
• Music Perception and Cognition;
• Empirical Approaches to Music.

Themed sessions focusing on the analysis of a particular work(s), or on specific arrangements or transcriptions are also welcomed.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Katie Cattell at Katie.Cattell.2008@live.rhul.ac.uk (email size limit = 5MB). Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet (Ms Word or PDF). Organisers of themed sessions should submit a brief overview together with the individual abstracts. Proposals for lecture recitals should include full details of the proposed performance and any relevant requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 21st March 2014. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by the end of March 2014. Delegates will be invited to register from lunchtime on Friday 2nd May, and the conference will run until Saturday afternoon, 3rd May. Royal Holloway is located just 20 miles West of Central London, and is easily accessed by train. Informal enquiries may be sent via email to Dr Anne Hyland at anne.hyland@rhul.ac.uk.

If you are presenting a paper you will be eligible to apply for an SMA Student Travel Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation (B&B accommodation will be available near campus). Further details can be found here; please note that the deadline for applications for bursaries is Wednesday, 2 April, 2014.

Posted on 8th February 2014 by Shay Loya in CFPs, SMA, Uncategorized No comments » Tags:

CFP: Shifting Perspectives: Approaches to Music Performance Research

A postgraduate research conference on ‘Shifting Perspectives: Approaches to Music Performance Research’, will be hosted by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Friday 9 May 2014.

The aim of the conference is to provide opportunities for postgraduate students to present their research at various stages of development, and to create a meeting place for students from different institutions to discuss their projects and ideas. The event will include keynote addresses, 20-minute paper presentations and lecture recitals.
Proposals are invited on topics that address changing attitudes to performers and performance practice. Possible themes might include, but are not limited to:

• Methodological innovation in relation to music performance research
• Changing relationships between composition, performance and the creative process
• Changes in ensembles, repertoires and audiences
• Development of instruments and the impact on performance practice and repertoire
• Changing social roles of performers
• Changing approaches to performance analysis

Potential contributors are invited to submit abstracts for:

i) Individual paper presentations (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes question time)
ii) Collaborative papers (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes question time)
iii) Lecture recitals (40 minutes to 50 minutes maximum, including question time)

Abstracts should address the conference theme and state the aims and methodological approach of the proposed paper(s). Abstracts will be published in the conference programme, and should be no longer than 300 words for individual papers and lecture recitals, and up to 500 words for collaborative papers. They should include the following information:

i) Title of paper
ii) Author(s) name(s)
iii) Institutional affiliation
iv) Email address(es)
v) Abstract

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Friday 14 February 2014. Successful contributors will be notified via email by the end of February 2014. The conference programme will be advertised in March 2014.

Abstracts should be submitted via email (preferably as plain text – only attachments in .rtf format will be accepted) to Dr Eva Mantzourani at: eva.mantzourani@rwcmd.ac.uk

Posted on 5th February 2014 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Uncategorized No comments » Tags:

CFP: TAGS Conference 2013

Music and Music Technology, Keele University
Thursday 18th to Friday 19th April, 2013.

Deadline for proposals: 8th February 2013

Student travel bursaries available

Keynote Speaker: Philip Tagg

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by Music and Music Technology at Keele University on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April, 2013. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also welcome.

Proposals are invited from postgraduate students for 20-minute papers, themed sessions and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Becky Thumpston at r.m.thumpston@keele.ac.uk. Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet. Organisers of themed sessions should also submit a brief overview of the rationale for the session, together with the individual abstracts. Proposals for lecture recitals should include full details of the proposed performance and any relevant requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 8th February 2013. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by Monday 18th February. Booking will also open on that date. Delegates will be invited to register from 10am on Thursday 18 April. The conference will commence at lunchtime on 18 April and finish by 3pm on Friday 19 April.

If you are presenting a paper you will be eligible to apply for an SMA Student Travel Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation (B&B accommodation will be available on campus). Further details can be found at http://www.sma.ac.uk/grants/travel/ to follow; please note that the deadline for applications for this event is Thursday 28 March, 2013.

Posted on 22nd November 2012 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA No comments » Tags:

International Conference on Analyzing Popular Music

The International Conference on Analyzing Popular Music took place at Liverpool, 2-4 July 2013. It responded to recent work in the analysis of popular music that has set compelling new agendas. The conference explored fundamental questions of theory and analytical method relating to popular music.

The three internationally distinguished keynote speakers were:

• Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo)
• Walter Everett (University of Michigan)
• Allan Moore (University of Surrey).

Committee:

• Michael Spitzer (Chairman)
• Nicola Dibben
• Dai Griffiths
• Tim Hughes
• Freya Jarman
• Nick Reyland
• Kenneth Smith
• Rob Strachan

The conference was dedicated to the memory of Adam Krims, who served on the Programming Committee until his recent, untimely death.

Click here for:

  • Pictures
  • Conference website: http://www.popmac.org.uk
  • Conference programme
  • Newsletter review
  • http://www.sma.ac.uk/2013/09/pictures-from-popmac-2013/

    Posted on 5th October 2012 by Shay Loya in CFPs No comments » Tags:

    TAGS 2012 reviews

    TAGS 2012 has been covered by seven reviewers this year. Click here to read all about it!

    For further information and other materials relating to this event click here.

    Posted on 17th August 2012 by Shay Loya in Reviews, SMA No comments » Tags:

    Cerebration Provisional Programme

    The provisional programme for September’s celebratory ‘Cerebration’ is now available at http://www.sma.ac.uk/event/a-cerebration-of-analysis/.

    Posted on 9th August 2012 by David Bretherton in Music Analysis, SMA No comments » Tags:

    TAGS 2012: Picture Gallery

    Pictures from TAGS 2012 taken by Shay Loya and David Bretherton:

    Posted on 7th July 2012 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, SMA No comments » Tags: