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Sunshine pop, electroacoustics and radio on the bill at Music Seminar Series

music production Tuesday 14 October 2014

The current state of radio, electroacoustic composition, the ‘sunshine pop’ of the USA and the history of a Dutch chamber organ owned by the university are all under the spotlight at the 2014 Music Seminar Series. 

Free and open to all, the series begins on October 15th and runs on Wednesdays until December.
Each seminar takes place at the Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP. Refreshments are provided.
The full list of seminars includes:  
Wednesday 15th October, 4.30pm, Capstone Building, room 009 (Double Bill) 
  • Esmee Hoek: 'Joe Meek: Why this pioneering music producer has remained ignored in academic studies for over 50 years.'

This presentation aims to give Joe Meek his rightful place in popular music history. Sensationalised narratives surrounding his private life have impeded this process for so long; a fair and serious evaluation of Meek’s contributions to popular music is therefore well overdue. Meek was a key individual who was ahead of his time in his recording techniques in spite of his lack of formal training (and being tone deaf on top of that). He recorded in every available room in his tiny flat in London, including his bathroom and proved to be highly successful with these seemingly ‘amateurish’ and ‘DIY’-techniques and surroundings, most famously with his number 1 hit ‘Telstar’ by the Tornados. This talk will aim to make a case for Meek as a ‘composer/auteur’, due to his vital contribution to the development of popular music recordings. 

  • Dori Howard: 'Sunshine Pop: In Search of an Invented Genre' 

This presentation will introduce an aspect of currently ongoing doctoral research concerning the usefulness of genre analysis within popular music studies. Through the lens of 'sunshine pop' - a genre descriptor describing predominantly West Coast American music from the mid to late-1960s - genre analysis can be viewed in a different sense than has been previously discussed within popular music studies. This presentation explores the question: how does one go about analysing a genre that never actually existed at the time the music included as part of that genre was released?

Wednesday 5th November, 4.30pm, Cornerstone Building, Great Hall

  • Dominic Gwynn: The history and restoration of Hope University's recently acquired 18th century Dutch chamber organ

In 2013 Liverpool Hope University purchased a chamber organ ascribed to the most prolific Dutch builder of domestic organs of the 18th century, Hendrik Hermanus Hess of Gouda -  a rarity in the UK's organ landscape. The instrument served previously as choir organ in Utrecht's St Catherine Cathedral and has now been installed in the University's Great Hall. Dominic Gwynn of Goetze & Gwynn organ builders and an internationally renowned specialist for historical organs will give an introduction to this organ and its history.

Wednesday 12th November, 4.00pm, Capstone Building, room 009

  • Electroacoustic composer and sound artist Susan Frykberg (New Zealand) will speak about her recent sound design and composition projects.

Wednesday 26th November, 4.30pm, Capstone Building, room 009

  • Dr Francesca Placanica: 'Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Musical Monodrama as an Arena for the Performer's Subjectivity: The Ca​se of Luciano Berio's and Cathy Berberian's Recital I (for Cathy)'.

Dr Francesca Placanica's artistic research project applies an experimental approach to the production and performance of modernist and post-modern musical monodrama. Monodramas were almost exclusively conceived for a solo female performer, whose creative embodiment —contemporarily with or following the composition of the work— structurally affected and complemented the composer’s product. This paper will be centred on Dr Placanica's newly devised arrangement and performance of Recital I (for Cathy) as an arena for the performer's subjective creativity, which closely follows the path indicated by Cathy Berberian, the dedicatee and first performer of the work.

Wednesday 3rd December, 4.00pm, Capstone Building, room 009

  • Dr Mike Brocken: 'Popular Music on the Radio 2014'

After an absence of seven years, Mike Brocken recently returned to broadcasting with the BBC. He now presents, twice-monthly, perhaps one of the longest-running specialist music programmes in broadcasting history - BBC Radio Merseyside's Folk Scene, which has been on air since 1968. In this seminar he will discuss issues relating to legacy, tradition, authenticity, compliance and copyright, and will pose the question 'how will we ever get our music played on local radio?'

Music at Liverpool Hope University 

For more information on the seminars please contact Professor Tassilo Erhardt erhardt@hope.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

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