6th International Symposium on Music/Sonic Art: Practices and Theories
Karlsruhe (IMWI) 25-28 June, 2015 | Keynote Speaker: Stefan Koelsch
Dr John Dack, Senior Lecturer in Music and Technology, is one of the organizers of MuSA 2015- the 6th International Symposium on Music/Sonic Art: Practices and Theories, hosted by the Karlsruhe Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI) in Germany.
The principal aim of MuSA 2015 is to advance interdisciplinary investigations in – as well as between – music and sonic art. Following the success of MuSA 2014 which sought to encourage interdisciplinary debate on the role of embodied approaches, MuSA 2015 will continue to probe this research area through the Symposium theme: Exploring embodiment in Music and Sonic Art. In addition, MuSA 2015 will devote one day to the specific theme: Re-thinking the Musical Instrument. Within the thriving discipline of musical performance studies, there is a general tendency to speak of ‘the performer’ as an abstract category without taking into account the kind of musical instrument that mediates the act of music making and music as a temporally emergent, sounding phenomenon. In reality, different kinds of musical instruments involve different expressive means (and at times different expressive/artistic aims), engender different phenomenologies of performance making, and generate different kinds of performer identities. The nature of the embodied interaction with different instruments in composition and performance, and the expressive and communicative meanings that emerge as a result of such interaction constitute a largely unexplored research territory.
The symposium is supported by the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI) of Middlesex University.