BEAST FEaST 2018: BEASTopia!

Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic conference

Date

26 Apr 201828 Apr 2018

Participants

Colleges, School and Institutes

Description

Scott Wilson - Organiser

Ideas of democracy and equality regularly feature in discussion of electroacoustic music. As an artform, electroacoustic music is rooted in the modernist idea that no sound lies outside the realm of music, hence, we might say, ‘all sounds are created equal’. Additionally, it is often claimed that the development of electroacoustic music is partly dependent upon the democratisation of technology, as large, expensive mainframe computers only accessible to academic researchers have gradually given way to home computers, laptops and smartphones—this giving rise to a ‘music from the bedroom studios’. Whether seeking sonic inspiration in the roar of political crowds, or by creating works that deliberately blur the boundaries and hierarchies between composers, performers and listeners, electroacoustic composers and sound artsits have frequently sought inspiration in principles of democracy and equality.

For this instalment of BEAST FEaST we seek to explore the theme of democracy and equality in relation to all its possible manifestations in electroacoustic music including sound, genre, representation and technology.
26 Apr 201828 Apr 2018

Event (Conference)

TitleBEAST FEaST 2018
Period26/04/1828/04/18
Web address (URL)
LocationUniversity of Birmingham
CityBirmingham
CountryUnited Kingdom