Taking into account broader processes of urban regeneration, the new book by Robin Kuchar combines the appearance of a more and more commercialized live music culture and changing spatial strategies of DIY scenes to examine how originally DIY and Underground based music venues handle ongoing transformations within their surrounding social environments. Basing on the elaboration of venues as multilayered spaces, fieldwork around three clubs in Hamburg, Germany – Golden Pudel, Molotow and Mojo Club – shows, that venues undergo different changes in order to preserve their idea(l)s of self-governed cultural work. Therefore, new urban conditions evoke fundamental changes regarding the venues´ initial spatial and cultural strategies, which lead to new constellations and levels of autonomy, professionalization and institutionalization.
Punk and ‘Post-Punk’ in Manchester, Düsseldorf, Torino and Tampere by Giacomo Bottà
The book is a comparative study of deindustrialisation and popular music in Manchester, Düsseldorf, Torino, and Manchester. In these cities, during the late 1970s and early 1980s,punk and post-punk scenes actively shaped new collective forms of making and consuming music. The music they produced has been canonized and understood as a “score” for grey, gloomy, decaying urban industrial environments or for their evocation. But I was interested in the real relationship between deindustrialisation and this kind of music production. The book examines the role of music in deindustrialisation, showing that it’s a vanishing mediator in the step from the industrial to the post-industrial city. Moreover, it reflects on the significance of ‘deindustrialisation music’ as cultural catalyst and heritage in contemporary urbanisation.
More you can find here https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781786607379/Deindustrialisation-and-Popular-Music-Punk-and-%E2%80%98Post-Punk%E2%80%99-in-
Manchester-D%C3%BCsseldorf-Torino-and-Tampere and here https://www.amazon.de/Deindustrialisation-Popular-Music-Manchester-Interventions-ebook/dp/B088KWMM1H#reader_B088KWMM1H
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan Comments Off on Sounds of the Pandemic International online conference, December 16th, 2020
The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has had a strong impact on the sound of the places we live in, particularly as a consequence of the measures taken to stem the contagion. First of all, the lockdown and the suspension of most activities marking our everyday lives have produced a crucial drop in noise pollution, due to an almost total reduction of traffic: this has caused silence to emerge powerfully in the aural conscience of individuals. In the meanwhile, the lockdown has produced new sonic environments, putting in the foreground new aural experiences and acoustic elements that are usually covered by “noise”: on one hand, these include the case of musical flash mobs taking off in many countries (especially in Italy), and on the other the emergence of animal sounds in urban settings. The conference aims to be a forum for sharing perspectives about sound in the time of pandemic, the modifications of sonic environments and the transformations in sound production/listening behaviors, not only in the musical field, but generally speaking in all human practices which are strongly characterized by sound.
More information you can find here: https://temporeale.it/en/news/suoni-della-pandemia-conferenza-internazionale-online-eng/
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan Comments Off on Urban Nostalgia: The Musical City in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Sounding Out the Tourist City is a three-year research project that seeks to explore the impact of tourism on everyday urban public ambiances, with a particular focus on the sonic ambiance. The meteoric rise of Lisbon as a major tourist destination will provide the backdrop for the different cases studies that make up the project.
Cities and Memory is a global, collaborative sound art and mapping project that remixes the world, one sound at a time. The project covers more than 95 countries and territories with more than 3,500 sounds, and more than 650 contributing artists.
Every field recording in the project has been recomposed and reimagined by artists around the world to create a new, alternative world of sound – you can listen via the sound map or our podcast.
A new series of discussions with music cities professionals from around the globe, Music Cities Conversations will analyse the role of music in our lives and society, as well ways explore topics such as resilience, cultural governance, policy-making and creativity in relation to the challenges the world is facing today.