[NetBehaviour] Volatile Frequencies: Topologies of Authority, Technology and Production in Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Practices

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Wed Nov 17 11:19:50 CET 2010


Volatile Frequencies: Topologies of Authority, Technology and Production 
in Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Practices

18th November 2010

Conference: 9:45-5pm

Concert: 7-9pm

City University London Post-graduate Conference and Concert
Supported by City University London and LCACE (London Centre for Arts 
and Cultural Exchange).

What kind of diverse practices might constitute an experimental Middle 
Eastern music? Are there points of relation to the regional orthodoxies? 
Is such a framing of new work relevant? Halim el Dabh, Ali Reza 
Mashayekhi, Muslimgauze, Mazen Kerbaj, Hassan Khan – new practitioners 
operate at the interface of cultural heritage and possible futures and 
an initial survey reveals a vibrant practice, emergent especially over 
the past ten years in centres such as Cairo and Beirut.

The Volatile Frequencies conference seeks to collate research that 
translates, mediates and frames practices specific to sonic disciplines 
(music, sound art, musicology) arising in relation to the Middle East 
and North Africa, and to critically connect with wider academic 
currents. It will emphasize current post-graduate research and scholarly 
approaches. A number of relevant contextualising works include the 
forthcoming The Arab Avantgarde edited by Thomas Burkhalter, Kay 
Dickinson and Ben Harbert, Steven Goodman’s Sonic Warfare, John Hutnyk’s 
Critique of Exotica and Laudan Nooshin’s Music and the Play of Power in 
the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. The day proposes to 
formulate understandings and critical hearings of the debates within and 
without the region in relation to new sonic practices, prioritising 
practice that favours experimental and exploratory approaches.

more info...
http://www.zenithfoundation.com/music/volatile-frequencies-conference/



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