Earlier this month, the University of Glasgow’s Music subject area hosted the Ninth International Conference on Music since 1900. From 7th to 9th September, about 90 delegates from fifteen different countries enjoyed two and a half days of keynote lectures, papers, panels and lecture-recitals on a variety of aspects of music and sound in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from Luciano Berio to Leonard Bernstein to Leonard Cohen, from Satchmo to Sound Sculpture: the programme is still available here.
Professor Georgina Born, from the University of Oxford, provided the opening keynote lecture on the 7th, based on her experience of conducting ethnographic research into interdisciplinarity and of directing the Music, Digitisation, Mediation programme: Music, Sound Art, and the Contemporary: From interdisciplinarity to ontology. Later that day, delegates also had the opportunity to listen to eminent film composer, Jocelyn Pook, who discussed her extensive experience in composing for film (including Kubrick’s Eyes wide shut) with David J. Code, Reader in Music at the subject area. On the 8th, delegates were welcomed by Bailie Josephine Docherty at the Glasgow City Chambers for a civic reception.
It was the first time the International Conference on Music since 1900 came to Scotland since it was first held at Goldsmiths College in London in 1999. Its next edition will take place at the University of Surrey in 2017 – we hope to see many of you there!