PMRU events


2017 / 2018 Events

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March 2018

Researching Popular Music: Methods, Debates, Publics

A PhD training event funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's CHASE consortium for postgraduate research. 

Around a dozen current CHASE PhD projects focus on music. Students are investigating music-making communities, musical-cultural identities and histories, modes of musical production and dissemination, theories of sound and sonic practice, and other musical topics. What ties almost all of these projects together is some idea of the popular: of music’s publics, and its modes of everyday musical participation. But the popular music studies canon cannot always provide methodological models for what is a set of highly innovative PhD studies. To address this, Researching Popular Music will bring together CHASE students to present and discuss their work, both with each other, and with invited speakers working at the forefront of music and sound studies. 

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 5pm, RHB 274

Music Research Series presents Ananay Aguilar, ‘“We want artists to be fully and fairly paid for their work”: discourses on fairness in processes of copyright reform.

In this talk I address one of four strands of a recent Leverhulme-funded project (and forthcoming book) that focuses on music performers' legal rights. Drawing on interviews with performing musicians and record industry and government representatives, I have examined these rights taking into account 1) their history, 2) how performers make use of the law in everyday practice and through case law, 3) how the rights are managed, and 4) the processes involved in copyright reform. In this seminar I will discuss the fourth strand based on a case study on the Fair Internet for Performers Campaign (FIPC). Launched in May 2015, the EU campaign seeks to turn performers’ exclusive making available rights into rights to equitable remuneration. Drawing on interviews with stakeholders, I will reflect on emerging discourses about fairness and assess the success of the campaign so far.


2016 / 2017 Events

Thursday 16 March 2017,   5pm,  PHS LG02
Sound System: The Political Power of Music

Media Forum with David Randall (author, Sound System) in conversation with Anamik Saha. A blistering, intelligent polemic about the political power of music, Sound System investigates the raves, riots, and revolution of contemporary culture to answer the question—how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?

Tuesday 11 October 2016,  5pm,  RHB 309

Music Research Series presents: Eamonn Forde RIP - Rest In Profit: Why Musicians Are Richer Dead Than Alive.
In 2015, the Michael Jackson estate made $115m. This year, following regulatory approval on the sale of his 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, his estate is set to make just under $1bn and will be – by some considerable distance – the most profitable celebrity estate in history. Jackson is not, however, an anomaly. A well-run artist estate can be highly lucrative for decades after an artist dies – and often prove more lucrative than when they are alive. But, as the current in-fighting over control of the Prince estate shows, nothing is ever straightforward here. How do artist estates work? How do they strike the balance between keeping the artist’s legacy alive without tarnishing it by doing the kind of deals the artist would never have considered in their lifetime? Which artist estates are run best? And which are a towering disaster?

Tuesday 8 November,  5pm,  RHB 309

Music Research Series presents: Vicki Bennett  An In Process / In Progress Report of my Immersive Cinema project
During 2016, Vicki Bennett has been focussing on expanding her 2-D/stereo collage work for a 10 screen/8 speaker environment. This talk will be a report of her experiences expanding her working practice and general perceptions, as an artist and an audience member.

Music Research Series talks are free and open to all.

2015 / 2016 Events

20 May 2016
The Third Annual Westminster-Goldsmiths Symposium for Student Research in Popular Music

Presented by the University of Westminster Centre for Commercial Music and Goldsmiths Popular Music Research Unit, this symposium will bring together student researchers in popular music – broadly construed – from across Britain. It is an opportunity for students to present their developing research to friendly, interested and expert listeners, and to meet and network with future colleagues.

To download the programme, click on "2016 Symposium for Student Research in Popular Music Programme"

7 May 2016

One day conference held at Goldsmiths - Fringes, outsides and undergrounds: The aesthetics and politics of unpopular music.
Musical forms such as noise, extreme metal, performance art, experimental techno, free improv and more take inspiration from both popular and art traditions without being fully identifiable with either. These forms exist either on the fringes of, or outside, these commercial and cultural mainstreams, both in conventional musical centres such as London and Berlin and further afield, in South America, Japan and China.
 More information on the International Association for the Study of Popular Music website

Tuesday 1 December

Music Research Series presents Pete Astor 
He made up the person he wanted to be and changed into a new personality’: negotiating authenticity in a post-authentic world.

Wednesday 25 November

"Revolutionary Tea Party with Lillian Allen". Join us for a Revolutionary Tea Party exploring deep rooted spirit and the poetics of decolonization in the work of acclaimed writer and educator Lillian Allen. Allen says that dub poetry 'goes to the language of the heart and of the people ... and it creates meaning as it creates culture.' Combining the musicality of oral traditions and aural exploration, with contemporary themes, Allen will perform from her classic poetic publications, discuss the empowering nature of modern day spoken word culture. 

Tuesday 3 November

Music Research Series with Media and Comms present Dr Michael Gray “Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues”. Michael Gray is a pioneer of Dylan Studies: author of the first critical study of Bob Dylan's work, 'Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan', published in 1972.

Tuesday 13 October

Music Research Series with MC Context "Am I Context or am I George? Combining Music and Academia'". This talk will be given by artist Context (George Musgrave), who is both a rapper signed to Sony/EMI, but also a Senior Lecturer with a PhD in Politics. The talk will see George engaging with the question of how a musical and creative life can feed an academic one, and crucially, vice versa. 

Wednesday 7 October

"Jewel of the Ear" - a sound performance on early Indian records and funeral rituals. “Jewel of the Ear” is a new collaborative sound project by Gilles Aubry and Robert Millis that combines Indian 78rpm shellac records, gramophones, field recordings, feedback and electronics. 

Tuesday 6 October

Music Research Series with Maria Chavez "A Challenging Spark". Drawing from Maria's spring 2015 lecture, "Revisiting Those Words: Failed Attempts As Material", A Challenging Spark will discuss how to look at challenges presented within spaces and make them into important focal points for site specific sound installations. 

Information on all events can be found on the Goldsmiths Events Calendar