CMSC Spring 2012 Date and Location TBA—James Napoli,
CMSC 2011 SUBMIT ABSTRACTS UNTIL DECEMBER 15, 2010
The eighth annual Columbia Music Scholarship Conference takes place on
Saturday, March 5, 2011—301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University. The theme
of this year's conference is Sound at Play: Music, Humor, and Games..
Keynote Speaker: Roger Moseley,
Cornell University, “Ludomusicality”
As scholar, teacher, and pianist,
Roger Moseley focuses on intersections between the musical disciplines of
history, theory, and performance. His interests range from the music of
Brahms, on which he wrote his PhD dissertation at the University of
California, Berkeley, to music-based video games such as Guitar Hero and
Rock Band, and from eighteenth-century keyboard improvisation to
technologies of musical (re)production. In his current book project, the
working title of which is Between Work and Play: Technologies of Musical
Recreation from Mozart to Nintendo, Moseley examines how such diverse
phenomena can be understood as practices that manifest and enable musical
playfulness. His research aims to help establish an agenda for ludomusicology—the study of music as play—that
complements and challenges the work-based approach that has characterized
the scholarly treatment of Western art music. At the same time, it
addresses the question of how music's social grounding in and as culture
can create the conditions for flight away from "reality" and into
the realms of the imaginary and the fantastical. The geographical and
chronological scope of Moseley's investigations aims to facilitate the
forging of new connections between historical musicology, ethnomusicology,
media studies, and other disciplines.
Prior to his appointment as assistant professor of music at
Cornell University in 2010, Moseley lectured in music history and theory at
the University of Chicago. From 2004-2007 he was a junior research fellow
at University College, Oxford, and in 2007 he was awarded an MMus with distinction in collaborative piano from the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2011-12, Moseley will be
a faculty fellow at Cornell's Society for the Humanities, where he will
offer a seminar on ludo-sonic technologies from
the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. More information on Moseley's
activities and recordings of his performances and improvisations are
available at www.rogermoseley.com.
Keith Johnston, University of Toronto, "Competition and
the Comic Style in Il marito giocatore
Ji-Young Kim, Cornell University, “'Mit gutem
Humor:' Topics as Conveyors of Wit and Humor in Schumann’s Instrumental
Dario Sarlo, Goldsmiths
College-University of London, "Playing with perfection: Jascha Heifetz and the art of bad violin playing"
David Gutkin, Columbia University,
“Games and Art: the Autonomous, the Everyday, and the Virtual”
Arnie Danial Schoenberg, San Diego City
College, "Playing with leadership: adolescent music in Bahia,
Peter Shultz, University of Chicago, "Rock Band Etudes:
Pleasure and learning in music games and pedagogical pieces"
Patricia Alessandrini and Rob
King, "A sea of others: play and its consequences in a
physically-modeled video and sound environment"
Elizabeth Medina-Gray, Yale University, "Combat Music
and Transitional Seams: Toward a Theory of Musical Modularity in
21st-Century Video Games"
Galen Brown, Sequenza21.com, "Minimalist Cultural
Practice in Humor"