2009: Orgel Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Constitutive Meeting of the Music & Media Study Group

Saturday 4th July
9.30 Emile Wennekes (organizing committee), Word of welcome;
Hans Fidom (researcher Orgel Park), “The Orgel Park & Mediatizing Music Machines”.

Session 1: Chair: Sander van Maas (Utrecht University)
Marjaana Virtanen (University of Turku and Academy of Finland), “From rehearsals to mediatized performance: musicians’ gestures and their changes”;
Jannie Pranger (Utrecht University), “Mediatized performance: the cultural and the natural”;
Christopher Morris (University College Cork), “Digital Diva: Opera on Video”;
Tomi Mäkelä (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg), “Visualizing Virtuosity and the idea of “Gesamtkunst””.

Session 2: Chair: Tobias Plebuch (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
Jin Hyun Kim (University of Cologne): “Interface technologies of mediatizing musical experience”;
Isabella van Elferen (Utrecht University), “Magic Mobile Mnemonic: The Musical Flâneur”;
Melanie Fritsch (Universität Bayreuth), “Music in Videogames”.

Session 3: Chair: Tomi Mäkelä
Martin Knust (Stockholms Universitet), “European pre-filmic conceptions of mediatizing music within a dramatic artwork”;
Manuel Deniz Silva (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), “The politics of “mechanized sound”: depictions of inappropriate uses of music media in Portuguese early sound comedies”;
Brent A. Ferguson (Texas State University), “Film Music and Emotion: A Bibliographic Essay”;
James Deaville (Carleton University, Ottawa), “Sounding the War in Iraq: The Politics of Television News Music”.

9.30 Emile Wennekes, “Mediatzing Music as program, Music & Media as IMS Study Group”.
Session 4: Chair:James Deaville
Angela Ida De Benedictus (Universiyu of Pavia, Cremona), “History and Functions for Radio in Italy: Radio Play and Radio Operas”;
Christophe Bennet (Orleans), “The radio message: a typical opposition between erudite and popular cultures in the music broadcasting in France in the 1930s”;
Michael Saffle (Virginia Tech), “Mediatizing Music in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s America”;
Sander van Maas (Utrecht University/University of Amsterdam), “Mediation and Phantasm: On the Musical Constitution of Listenership”.

Session 5: Chair: Michael Saffle
Rens Machielse (Utrecht School of Music & Technology), “A model for dramatic coding through film music””;
Richard Brown (University of Southern California), ““The Spirit Inside Each Object”: John Cage, Oskar Fischinger, and the “Future of Music””;
Claudia Marisa Oliveira/Gilberto Bernardes (Superior School of Music and Performing Arts of the Porto Polytechnic Institute), “Sumbiosis: the Gesamtkunstwerk in the 21th Century”.

15.00 Emile Wennekes, closing remarks;
Tilmann Seebass (IMS President), “IMS and its Study Groups”.
followed by a
Festive inauguration of the MaM studygroup into the IMS.


Background Information: International Conferences IMS Study Group MaM

MaM (Music & Media) was initiated by Emile Wennekes at the request of the Board of the International Musicological Society and launched in 2009 as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum. MaM welcomes a broad variety of subjects, methodologies and perspectives. MaM organizes an annual conference; each edition is developed in close cooperation with local initiatives.

The IMS Study Group MaM (Music and Media) seeks to examine and explore
diverse aspects relevant to the theme of ‘mediatizing music’.

Music plays an important role in media, both in old and certainly in new media: commercials, games, films, ring tones and the like.
The other way around, media play an increasing role in music. They have changed the compositional process and characteristics of style; media severely influences performances, composing techniques, the way of recording and visualizing music.

What are the theoretical and philosophical consequences of mediatized music?

What are the economics behind these processes of mediatization?

What role does the process of ‘remediation’(Bolter & Grusin, 2000), from LP to MP3 and 4, play?

How has mediatization influenced performance practice, what was the ‘phonograph effect?’ (Katz, 1999).

What do processes of mediatizing music mean in terms of ‘liveness’ (Auslander, 1999), ‘animated liveness’ (Wennekes, 2009) and/or ‘immersion’ (Grau, 2003)?

This site will publish the Calls for Papers, Preliminary and Final Programs of the MaM conferences. See also the group established via LinkedIN.

-Auslander, Philip, Liveness: Performance in a mediatized culture. (New York: Routledge, 1999).
-Bolter, Jay David & Grusin, Richard, Remediating: Understanding New Media (Cambridge: MIT Press 2000).
-Grau, Oliver, Virtual art: From Illusion to Immersion. (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003)
-Katz, Mark, The Phonograph Effect: The Influence of Recording on Listener, Performer, Composer, 1900-1940. PhD Thesis University of Michigan, 1999.
-Wennekes, Emile, ‘Brief encounters of a third kind: First Life live concerts in Second Life concert venues’. In: Thea Brejzek, Wolfgang Greisenegger and Lawrence Wallen (eds.), Monitoring Scenography 2: Space and Truth / Raum und Wahrheit. Institute for Design and Technology (idt) Zurich: Zurich University of the Arts, October 2009.