[NetBehaviour] Volatile Frequencies: Topologies of Authority, Technology and Production in Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Practices
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Volatile Frequencies: Topologies of Authority, Technology and Production
in Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Practices
18th November 2010
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.
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