Dissolve Music 2020:  Spatial Sound Festival at MIT, February 19, 20, 21 from 7pm          

Location:  MIT, Building W97, the black box theater

Dissolve Music @ MIT will be a three-day conference and sound festival 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.

Dissolve Music is a series of events that aim to build the community of people interested in using sound and music to dissolve inequalities. Before we can solve, we have to dissolve. We hold periodic gatherings including performances, panels, lightning talks, discussion, and brainstorming / listening sessions in the Spatial Sound Lab.  We aim to dissolve the boundaries between performer and audience, between academic disciplines, and between music and sound art.    Our last major event was Dissolve Music @ MIT in March 2018, featuring DJ Rekha, Mouse on Mars, Jake Maginsky, DJ Lychee and others.
The MIT Spatial Sound Lab is a community production studio for immersive sound.  “Spatial sound” is an open category that emphasizes multiperspective,  multidirectional, spatially sensitive listening.  We experiment with music, sound art, sensory ethnography, data sonification, disability studies, field recordings and more. We share an interest in experimenting with sound in ways that dissolve contemporary hierarchies of unidirectional communication:  the stage, the screen, the earbud stream.  We hope to create social, sonic experiences that encourage us to listen in all directions, to hear voices from the margins, and to recognize our own unique roles for acting in the world.  We launched in fall 2019, located at MIT in W20-429, the START Studio at the Stratton Student Center.
Non-Event is a Boston-based concert series devoted to the presentation of the finest in experimental, abstract, improvised, and new music from New England and around the world.
Hope to see you at Dissolve!
Ian, Susanna, Juan
Co-organizers, Dissolve Music 2020

2018 conference:  Dissolve Music @ MIT:  Future Concepts in Music & Sound, March 2018

SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsors: MIT Spatial Sound Lab, Fay Chandler Faculty Creativity Grant, the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology, MIT Comparative Media Studies / Writing, MIT Anthropology, d&b audio, SAVI, and numerous MIT student hosts for their generous support.



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