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Music & Sound Studies Workshop (9/22-23, 2017)

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Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:00am - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:00am
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy) (Concert will be at Maison Francaise)
A Workshop

Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, 2017
Columbia University
Department of Music
701C Dodge Hall  (Center for Ethnomusicology)
Free and Open to the Public

This workshop has emerged from the desire to formalize disciplinary exchanges among scholars at the intersection of music and sound studies in Paris (Paris Sciences et Lettres) and at Columbia. In the last few years sound studies has emerged as an increasingly institutionalized discipline. Books, journals, readers, courses, and conferences have consolidated this historically transdisciplinary and dispersed field into a broad, albeit still disciplinarily dispersed debate. This increasing attention to sound raises historical and epistemological issues and invites further consideration of the interaction between sound studies and musical disciplines.  The purpose of this workshop is to think together through the questions and issues raised by the intersection of music and sound studies from historically, ethnographically, and scientifically situated research.

 “Music & Sound Studies: Intersections, Boundaries, Opportunities” seeks to explore the relation between musical disciplines and sound studies through three key sites: sounds of the city and the historically problematic notion of soundscape; music, soundscapes, and the political; and the relationships among acoustics and neuroscience and music/sound. Additionally, an evening concert of recent compositions will display the current range of work in “sound art,” a richly interdisciplinary creative field.

"Music & Sound Studies" is supported by the Columbia University Office of the Dean of Humanities of Arts & Sciences, Department of Music, Center for Ethnomusicology, Center for Science and Society, Maison Française, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music; and by Paris Sciences et Lettres

Friday, September 22

9:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks

Walter Frisch, Acting Chair, Department of Music, Columbia University
Christopher Cripps, Director of International and European Affairs, Paris Sciences et Lettres
Mathieu Le Traon, Deputy Director of International & European Affairs, Paris Sciences et Lettres

10-11:45 am:  Urban Soundscape, History, and the City

Moderator: César Colón-Montijo (Columbia University)
Rémy Campos (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris)
"Reconstructing Urban Historical Soundscape: A Problem Without a Solution?"
Walter Frisch (Columbia University)
“'Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley': Tin Pan Alley and the Urban Soundscape"
Respondent: Paula Harper (Columbia University)

1-2:45 pm: Music, Soundscape, The Political 

Moderator:  Tom Smith (Columbia University)
Violeta Nigro Giunta (Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales)
"The Sound of Crisis: Analyzing the Soundscape of Argentina, 2001"
Esteban Buch (Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales)
"On Music, Sound, and Dictatorship"
Respondent: Lydia Goehr (Columbia University)

3-4:45 pm: Science, Musicology, Acoustics, Sound

Moderator: Andrew Goldman (Columbia University)
Tristan Labouret (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris)
"The “Diapason normal” (1859): an Unfinished Standardization of the Musical Sounds at the Crossroads of Acoustics, Politics and Musical Practices"
Nori Jacoby (Columbia University)
"Music and Neuroscience: Cross-cultural Research"
Respondent: Sarah Woolley  (Columbia University)

7:30 pm: Concert, "The Hear & Now" (Maison Française)
(RSVP Required at


Saturday, September 23

10-11:30 am:  Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Ana María Ochoa (Columbia University)

Participants:  David Bird (Columbia), Sean Colonna (Columbia), Zosha Di Castri (Columbia), Maria Fantinato (Columbia), Marc Hannaford (Columbia), Karine Le Bail (CNRS/CRAL/EHESS), Miya Masaoka (Columbia), Violeta Nigro Giunta (CRAL)

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