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21st Century Music: Aesthetics and Reception - UK
Calendar Event: May 14, 2005
'21st Century Music: Aesthetics and Reception'
Keynote speaker: Trevor Wishart, author of On Sonic Art and Audible Design
Royal Musical Association Study Day
Royal Northern College of Music, UK
Saturday 14 May 2005, 10.00am - 4.30pm
Are we still caught up in the binary business of Modernism? Or are there
other ways of thinking about contemporary musical practices?
Dare we admit the consequences of having entered a new age of musical
practice, bounded on one side by historical events, such as the death of
Stravinsky, the fall of the Berlin Wall, New Labour, the digital
revolution and 9-11, and on the other side...by the future?
Does each globally available localised music demand its own listening
strategy, its own micro-aesthetic? Is it possible to generalise about
musical practices, languages, and styles? Or has the consumption of music
become a matter of individual cases? What has become of the relation
between / separation of life and music? Has life become expressly musical?
(How) has music become the very core of everyday life?
What about the implications of the digital economy of music, now that with
technology we can manipulate musical parameters more delicately than the
ear can perceive? How should we understand the relations between music,
sound, and noise? Do we (still) confront issues like beauty, form, taste,
and judgement in a meaningful way? Or should we forget aesthetics and move
With such questions in mind, what might we make of the aesthetics of music
today and tomorrow?
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Dr Anthony Gritten, Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road,
Manchester, M13 9RD, UK.
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