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Wednesday 12th

6.30 pm Student social in the Cambridge Pub, Mulberry Street. Look for the SMA logo on the table.

Thursday 13th April

9.30       Registration / welcome / coffee (The Hub)

10.30     Session 1A and 1B

Session 1A (The Hub)
Chair: Esther Cavett
Session 1B (LTR – Zoom session)
Chair: Kenneth Smith
Sonia McCall-Labelle, From a “theory’ of music to a science of music”: Boleslaw Yavorsky’s Musical Speech and its Application in Analysis  * Hunter Hoyle, Maximizing Form in Minimalism: Psychological Form as Narrative in Philip Glass’s Etude No. 6
Billy Price, “Voyaging Through Time”: Thematic Cross-Referencing and Intertextuality in Big Big Train’s Grand Tour* Phoebe Jones, Becoming Android: Rejection of Humanity in Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer 
Megan Rowlands, Olivier Messiaen’s Technique of my Musical Language and its impact on performance perception* Rajan Lal, Scriabin’s Most-Mystifying Twenty-One Bars
Marta Riccardi, From triangles to squares: new ways of mapping cross-type transformations* Evan Tanovich, Analyzing Displacement Techniques and Their Uncanny Effect in Prokofiev’s Music  
* indicate Zoom presentations due to extenuating circumstances.

12.30     Lunch in local venues

1.30       Session 2A and 2B

Session 2A (The Hub)
Chair: Oli Chandler
Session 2B (LTR – Zoom session)
Chair: Kenneth Smith
Chenyu Xiao, Multi-layered process in Unsuk Chin’s Graffiti* Gizem Nur Copcuoglu, Sight-Singing as a Translational Action: Comparative Analysis of Sight-Singing Performances of Turkish Makam Music in Light of Translation Studies
Matthew Burke, Headin’ t’ Kinnego: Observations and analysis following a recent collaborative composition workshop   * Ayşegül Begüm Kuntman, Stylistic Features In Eric Whitacre’s Early Choral Works (1992-2002)  
Kenrick Ho, Flou: Performing Bodies in Musical Processes* Chieh Huang, Relation and the Three Atayal Values 
* indicate Zoom presentations due to extenuating circumstances

3.00       Coffee

3.30       Workshop: Jennifer Iverson, ‘Designing for access and inclusion’

4.30       Keynote: Steven Rings (University of Chicago)
‘What Did You Hear, My Blue-Eyed Son?: On the Musical Sources of “Hard Rain”

Speaker Biography
Steven Rings is a music theorist whose research focuses on popular music, voice, and transformational theory. He is currently finishing a book on Bob Dylan and about to begin a new one on race and spirituality in ambient music. Rings is Series Editor for Oxford Studies in Music Theory and has taught at the University of Chicago since 2005.

Friday 14th April

10.00     Coffee

10.30     Session 3A and 3B

Session 3A (The Hub)
Chair: Rebekah Donn
Session 3B (LTR)
Chair: Ian Pace
Chuyu Zhang, Historicist Modernism’? Revisiting Busoni’s form and syntax in Berceuse élégiaque, op. 42Mike Mitchell, “Vom Tanz geht alle Musik aus”: The Structural, the Semiotic, and the Somatic in the Scherzo of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony    
Sapphire Littler, How do non-tonal composers suggest temporality to a listener? An exploration into metaphor, projective potential, and temporality, with musical examples from George CrumbRafael Echevarria, Wagner’s Formal Gift: Siegfried Idyll and the New Formenlehre  
Isabella Thorneycroft, Martinů’s Mirrors: dualist approaches to extended tonality in the second movement of the Flute Sonata, H.306Darach Sharkey, From Liszt to Russia: Form and Context in Glazunov’s 2nd Piano Concerto in B, Op. 100
Leah Davies (Bristol University), Making Madness: How Julia Perry crafts mad characters in the twentieth century 

12.30     Lunch in local venues

1.30       Session 4A and 4B

Session 4A (The Hub)
Chair: Steven Rings
Session 4B (LTR)
Chair: Chris Tarrant
Yaou Zhang, Unquiet Sexual Liberation – Attitudes towards Sexuality in Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” from 1954 to 2021Stacy Jarvis, Silent culmination
Sylvia Hsu, The Deliberately Forgotten Truth: A Motivic Analysis of the Taiwanese Horror Game DetentionRebekah Donn, Schenkerian Analysis in UK University Music Curricula: Educator Perspectives on its Relationship with Music Education
Jack Ledigo, Phase Space Analysis, Understanding the gap, and Henze

3.00       Coffee

3.30       Workshop: Steven Rings, ‘Book publishing in music theory’

4.30       Keynote: Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago)
‘Porous Instruments: Synthesizers and the Circulation of Cultural Value’

Speaker Biography
Jennifer Iverson is a scholar of electronic music, sound studies, and disability studies. She is an Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She is currently writing a book that explores the complex histories and (mis)uses of synthesizers such as the vocoder, Moog, the DX7, and the TR-808. Her first book is Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde (Oxford University Press, 2019).