Dissolve Music @ MIT

conference/workshop/festival of music & sound

March 7-9, 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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.

We are seeking musicians, artists who work with sound, music scholars and other dedicated sound practitioners to join us for panel discussions, research workshops, performances of music and experimental sound.  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?

We are seeking proposals to help us create a dynamic and experimental conference, combining talks and discussion with music mixers, sound happenings, networking, and more.  Get involved!

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.

Sponsors: Special thanks to MIT Global Studies and Languages, and the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology, and Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg for their generous support.