Prof. Susan McClary at the University of Glasgow

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In March, the University of Glasgow’s Music subject area will welcome Prof. Susan McClary (Case University) as our Cramb Resident for 2016. Professor Susan McClary is known for her research on the cultural criticism of music, both the European canon and contemporary popular genres, engaging with the signifying dimensions of musical procedures and dealing with… Continue reading

Sound Thought festival receives record number of submissions

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Preparations for Sound Thought, the University of Glasgow’s annual postgraduate music festival and conference, are underway with a record number of submissions. The event, which is free to attend, will take place between 30th March and 1st April at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and other venues in Glasgow. Sound Thought welcomes papers, compositions,… Continue reading

Impacting and informing: Some reflections on nearing the end of a research project

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By Professor Martin Cloonan Martin Cloonan is Professor of Popular Music Politics and Principal Investigator of the AHRC- and ESRC-funded project The Musicians’ Union: A Social History. My colleague John Williamson and I are currently moving towards the end of a four year project examining the history of the British Musicians’ Union (MU). The project… Continue reading

PhD student Eileen Karmy Bolton, on the launch of the research project Musical Memory of Valparaíso

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Eileen Karmy Bolton is in the first year of her PhD researching organized musicians in Chile between 1953 and 1973, under the supervision of Martin Cloonan and Eva Moreda Rodríguez. Prior to coming to Glasgow, she worked as a researcher of popular music in Chile for several years. In 2014 she co-edited Palimpsestos sonoros. Reflexiones… Continue reading

Dr Louise Harris’ Auroculis available for download

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Three pieces by Dr Louise Harris have been made available under the title Auroculis in ‘expanded audio’ format by the international label deepwhitesound, dedicated to the free dissemination of innovative, experimental work. Auroculis can be downloaded here. Auroculis – which includes the pieces fuzee, ilsonilus:1 and pletten – marks a further step in Louise’s pioneering work… Continue reading

Press coverage for John Butt and The Musicians’ Union: A Social History

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The Dunedin Consort’s recording of Bach’s Christmas Cantata and Magnificat, conducted by Prof John Butt, and the exhibition at the Mitchell Library marking the end of the research project The Musicians’ Union: A Social History have both enjoyed press coverage during the Christmas holidays. Prof Butt discussed the genesis of Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Cantata… Continue reading

Professor John Butt, on film music, combining performance and research, and classical music as the new religion

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Professor John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music and musical director of Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort. He has recently released a musical reconstruction of J. S. Bach’s first Christmas service in Leipzig to great critical acclaim; you can find out more about the project here.   My research has necessarily been quite fragmented over the last… Continue reading

Professor Martin Cloonan introduces ‘Popular Music Industries and the State: Policy Notes’

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By Professor Martin Cloonan Martin Cloonan is Professor of Popular Music Politics at the University of Glasgow’s Music subject area. He is currently Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project The Musicians Union: A social history.   In October 2015 Routledge published the book Popular Music Industries and the State: Policy Notes, co-authored by Shane Homan… Continue reading

News roundup: October

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October has seen staff in the University of Glasgow’s Music subject area engaged in a variety of research-related activities, including performance, conference participation, publication, and public engagement. Drew Hammond’s You can’t get there from here was performed in Aberdeen as part of the Sound festival last Saturday, whereas Jane Stanley’s D-re-A-mi-N-gl-Y will be premiered at the Królikarnia museum… Continue reading

Jane Stanley’s ‘Helix Reflection’ featured in ABC Classics FM podcast

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As part of their Australian Music Podcast, Australian broadcaster ABC Classics FM has launched a podcast about Ensemble Offspring featuring a full performance of Dr Jane Stanley’s Helix Reflection. Drop in from 40’30” to hear members of Ensemble Offspring talk about the piece, followed by a full performance. Sydney-based Ensemble Offpspring is committed to celebrating… Continue reading