Music Research Series


Music Research Lectures are free and all are welcome, they are held in RHB 309 on Tuesdays at 5pm (unless otherwise stated).

Five musicians with guitar, accordion and saxophone.
DR ANTTI-VILLE KÄRAJÄ's talk is on 28 February

For more information, contact Imogen Burman or look on our Music Department Events Calendar for full information and details of past lectures in the series. Lists of MRS lectures for 2016/17 are below:


January - March 2017

Tuesday 10 January:

IRIS GARRELFS: Sounding ceramic sculptures

Tuesday 17 January:

THOMAS ANKERSMIT: Acoustic phenomena and Modular Synthesis.
Followed by a performance in RHB 167 (presented by the Electronic Music Studios)

Tuesday 24 January: **NB Venue TBC**

JOHN DREVER: Sound Art, Soundscapes, Sound Studies – Who’s/Whose Listening/ Hearing? 
(presented by Warden’s Office: Inaugural lecture to mark his Professorship)

Tuesday 31 January:

MITHILA SARMA: Subduction Zone (presented by the Asian Music Unit)

Tuesday 7 February:

NAOMI MATSUMOTO: Giovanni Vittorio Rosi’s Floating World: opera, operetta, musical & the westernisation of modern Japan (presented by the Asian Music Unit, with generous support from JSPS and JBUK)

Tuesday 21 February ** N.B. start time of 6pm and venue is Deptford Town Hall **

TIM RUTHERFORD JOHNSON: What does the Berlin Wall have to do with contemporary composition, and other problems of new music history. The event marks the launch of Rutherford-Johnson’s book Music after the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989, published by University of California Press.

Tuesday 28 February:

DR ANTTI-VILLE KÄRAJÄ: When Engelbert Humperdinck met Irwin Goodman: unearthing “an early Finnish band” in Aotearoa New Zealand (presented by Asian Music Unit)

Tuesday 7 March:

G. DOUGLAS BARRETT: Is critical practice possible today? Situated within the contexts of contemporary art and music, Barrett's work integrates conceptualism, social practice, and activist strategies through performance and time-based media. (Presented by Sound Practice Research Unit)

Tuesday 14 March:

JEREMIAH SPILLANE: PhD student Spillane presents his research.

Tuesday 21 March

DOT PRODUCT: A discussion and demonstration of their unique recording and production process (presented by Electronic Music Studios)


September - December 2016

Tuesday 11 October

EAMONN FORDE: RIP - Rest In Profit: Why Musicians Are Richer Dead Than Alive.

Tuesday 18 October

DAVID CLINE: Morton Feldman and the dinner party that changed Music

Monday 24 October

JEREMIAH SPILLAINE and guests on Open Data, Music Computing and Jazz Studies

Tuesday 25 October

RACHEL COWGILL: In Concert: towards a collaborative digital archive of musical ephemera.

Tuesday 8 November

VICKI BENNETT: An In Process/In Progress Report of my Immersive Cinema project

Tuesday 29 November


Tuesday 6 December

RUARD ABSAROKA: Musicking Like a State: Hidden Musicians and the (Musical) ‘Right to the City’ in Contemporary Shanghai

The Music Research Series is designed to help postgraduate students advance their research and careers. The events stimulate exchange, hones skills, facilitates the creation of professional networks and helps to consolidate the department’s postgraduate community, all over a glass of wine! Attendance is strongly recommended for all postgraduate students (MA, MMus and PGR) in Music but of course undergraduates, music researchers, and visitors from across the college and the community are also most welcome to these public lectures.