Dissolve Music @ MIT

conference/workshop/festival of music & sound

Organized by Ian Condry, Jan St. Werner, and DJ Rekha

March 7-9, 2018.  Free and open to the public.  All ages.  

Location:  Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Ct., Somerville, MA

Dissolve Music @ MIT will be a two-and-a-half-day conference and sound festival, March 7-9, 2018, to bring together musicians, sound creators, and scholars of music and sound studies to discuss the diversity of music and experimental sound.  Combining art and scholarship in a spirit of dialogue and controversy, the conference aims to dissolve boundaries between different arenas of sonic engagement to identify paths towards alternative, more inclusive futures.

SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsors: Goethe-Institut Boston, the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology, MIT Global Studies and Languages, d&b audiotechnik, SAVI, the Fine Arts Academy, Nuremberg, and numerous MIT student hosts for their generous support.

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Topics of interest include:

·      behavior & code; culture & ethnicity; idiosyncrasy & collectivity; orientation & cognition; bodies & machines; dynamic acoustics & kinetic speakers; audio activism

How can music and sound enable us to challenge preconceptions and transform our understandings of the world? What does sound offer that escapes the domain of sight, and how can it work to undo hierarchies and prejudices predicated on vision? How can sound, cognition, and technology relate to and encourage discourse?

How can music & sound create new spaces for interaction and engagement?

How can we engage in the frictions between music & sound to encourage new approaches to activism and social change?

How can music and sound be a means to express alternative concepts of gender, race, ethnicity, class and mediate cultural differences?




In what ways is listening a political or creative act?  How do body and mind interact to shape innovative concepts of listening?

Contact:  condry@mit.edu (Prof. Ian Condry).  More info:  http://mitdissolve.com

Curated by Ian Condry, professor at MIT and author, “Hip-Hop Japan,” Jan St. Werner, musician with Mouse on Mars and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg Germany, and Rekha Malhotra, DJ, activist, founder and organizer of Basement Bhangra.  Special thanks to Nicole L’Huilier (design), Walker Downey and Lisa Hickler (support).