On February 20, Ryan Bodiford, PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology, successfully defended his dissertation, “Sharing Sounds: Musical Innovation, Collaboration, and Ideological Expression in the Chilean Netlabel Movement.” Ryan and committee pictured above. The text of Ryan’s abstract is below. “Sharing Sounds” abstract In recent years, technological advances have triggered radical shifts in the ways people produce, … Continue reading Congratulations to Ryan Bodiford on a wonderful dissertation defense!
On March 10, Jessica Grimmer (historical musicology) and Anna Rose Nelson (music theory) both presented papers to an audience of SMR members for their feedback and suggestions. Jessica’s paper dealt with sexual politics in France around the French Revolution, and Anna’s paper, which she recently gave at the Indiana University Symposium of Research in Music … Continue reading SMR members present papers at March Michigan Music Forum
Our Dissertation Writing Group met on Wednesday, February 22 to discuss Ho Chak Law’s dissertation chapter, “The Craze of Liang Shanbo: Glamorizing, Deconstructing, and Territorializing Huangmei diao in The Love of Eterne.” Law (pictured at left) is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the ethnomusicology program, working with Professor Joseph Lam.
University of Michigan students and alumni spent a fruitful four days at the Society for Ethnomusicology annual conference this past week in Washington, D.C. In addition to presenting their research, the department also co-hosted a reception and enjoyed a free tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Four students and recent … Continue reading UMich at SEM
Several SMR members flew across the continent to Vancouver for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory on November 3-6, 2016. They enjoyed a wide and rich variety of paper presentations, Special Interest Group meetings, concerts, and receptions. -William van Geest
I am contributing a chapter to the upcoming book Coming of Age: Teaching and Learning Popular Music in America, edited by Carlos Xavier Rodriguez and published by Maize Books. My chapter investigates the locations songwriters Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits choose to write about, and how they endeavor to set these places musically. I was inspired to … Continue reading Upcoming Chapter on Location in Popular Song