Urban Music Studies

Scholars Network

by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

Deindustrialisation and Popular Music

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

Sounds of the Pandemic International online conference, December 16th, 2020

Call for papers

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

Urban Nostalgia: The Musical City in the 19th and 20th Centuries

The aim of this international conference, which will take place between the 5-7 July 2020, is to explore space through music, approaching the history of the city via the notion of nostalgia.

Full programme and details: https://www.ehess.fr/sites/default/files/appels/fichiers/urban_nostalgia5_6_2020.pdf

Register via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tRo1a9djSh2EIaPN7NWs0Q

More information and updates: https://www.ehess.fr/en/node/16865 or at @lola_sanmartin on Twitter

by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

Sounding Out the Tourist City

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.

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by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

#StayHomeSounds by Cities and Memory

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.

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by Alenka Barber-Kersovan


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.

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by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

Book Series Urban Music Studies Launched

Call for Contributiones
Intellect Books and the Urban Music Studies Scholars Network are delighted to announce the launch of a new book series Urban Music Studies.
We are seeking innovative book-length contributions that explore the issues
of music and the city in line with the series’ objectives.
More here: Urban Music Studies Flyer_2020