The Center congratulates Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program alumnus David Novak.
Prof. Novak (UCSB) has just published Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation
(Duke University Press, 2013).Visit the Japanoise website
Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of
feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, first emerged as a genre
in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in
Japan, Europe, and North America. With its cultivated obscurity,
ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise has captured
the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience.
its scattered listeners, Noise always seems to be new and to come from
somewhere else: in North America, it was called "Japanoise." But does
Noise really belong to Japan? Is it even music at all? And why has Noise
become such a compelling metaphor for the complexities of globalization
and participatory media at the turn of the millennium?
David Novak draws on more than a decade of research in Japan and the
United States to trace the "cultural feedback" that generates and
sustains Noise. He provides a rich ethnographic account of live
performances, the circulation of recordings, and the lives and creative
practices of musicians and listeners. He explores the technologies of
Noise and the productive distortions of its networks. Capturing the
textures of feedback—its sonic and cultural layers and vibrations—Novak
describes musical circulation through sound and listening, recording and
performance, international exchange, and the social interpretations of
media. read more »
is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2006, after which he served as a postdoctoral fellow in Columbia's Society of Fellows.
Important Announcement to Prospective PhD Program Applicants (August, 2013):
WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS IN FALL 2013 FOR FALL 2014 ADMISSION!
are pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications to the
PhD program in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University this fall (2013,
usually with a Dec. 15 deadline) for admission in the 2014-15 academic
We are unlikely to be accepting applications in 2014 for admission in 2015-16. Please factor that into your personal planning.Please review these links before you contact us!About the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Program
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Congratulations to Columbia ethnomusicology PhD student Kevin Holt, who has been awarded a 2013 Predoctoral Fellowship from the Ford Foundation.
This fellowship, which provides three years of full support for
doctoral research, is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered
by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Mr. Holt's
selection for this prestigious award reflects Ford Foundation's
panelists’ "judgment of scholarly competence as well as the promise of
future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher." read more »
The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates ethnomusicology graduate program alumnus Tyler Bickford
(PhD, 2011, With Distinction), who has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English (in Children's Literature and Childhood Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh. read more »
The Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program will be accepting applications for 2013 admission this fall. If you are considering applying to our PhD program in Ethnomusicology this fall, here are some important links and points of
advice. read more »
The Department of Music congratulates Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Nili Belkind, who has been awarded a prestigious Whiting Fellowship
by Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The fello read more »
The graduate program in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music at Columbia University will admit its next incoming cohort for the 2013-2014 academic year, with applications reviewed beginning in December 2012. The program in Ethnomusicology is not admitting a cohort for 2012-2013 and is therefore not accepting applications in the current (2011) cycle.
For questions regarding the 2012 admissions cycle, contact Professor Lila Ellen Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org
About the PhD Program in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University
Attention Prospective Graduate Program Applicants:
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