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Musicologist Joanna Demers awarded research scholarship

April 18, 2016

USC Thornton Musicology faculty member Joanna Demers has received an Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences research grant from the University of Southern California Provost’s Office. The grant was awarded in acknowledgement of her forthcoming book, Musical Fictions: Conditions for the Possibility of Popular Music. Demers’ research covers popular and experimental music, philosophy, […]


Musicologist Andrew Cashner receives top honors from the American Musicological Society

December 22, 2015

Andrew Cashner, a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, was recently presented with the Alfred Einstein Award at this year’s annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Louisville. The award, which honors a musicological article of exceptional merit, recognizes Cashner’s Journal of Early Modern History article, entitled “Playing Cards at the Eucharistic Table: […]


Musicologist Eric Davis highlights a newly discovered Ford Lee “Buck” Washington recording

November 30, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology doctoral candidate Eric Davis presented at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society in Louisville, Kentucky. He presented his paper on a recently discovered private recording of Ford Lee “Buck” Washington, who had originated the role of Jasbo Brown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The paper, entitled Buck Washington’s Blues: A […]


Joanna Demers interviewed by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

November 12, 2015

Joanna Demers, chair of USC Thornton Musicology department, was recently interviewed for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music website. Interviewer John Melillo explored the ideas and methodologies that led to Demers’ 2010 book on electronic music aesthetics, Listening Through the Noise (Oxford, 2010), as well as her forthcoming book, Drone and the […]


Remixer Todd Edwards visits EDM class

October 29, 2015

GRAMMY Award-winning house music producer Todd Edwards spoke last week to students of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) course taught by Sean Nye of the USC Thornton Musicology program. Edwards, who has remixed tracks with artists such as Daft Punk, Wildchild, St. Germain, Benjamin Diamond, Justice, Klaxons and Dimitri From Paris, is highly regarded for […]


Joanna Demers publishes article on the legalities of musical sampling

May 7, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology professor Joanna Demers recently published an article entitled “Sound-alikes, Law, and Style,” exploring the legal nuances of musical sampling, in the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 83:2. Her third book, Drone and Apocalypse: An Exhibit Catalog for the End of the World, a fictionalized survey of twenty-first-century artistic […]


Richard Brown presents two musicology papers

April 28, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology instructor Richard Brown has published an article entitled “Breaking the Sound Barrier: Transparency and Cinematic Space in Works of Calder (1950) and Jackson Pollock 51,” in the Contemporary Music Review journal. Brown will also present his paper, “Violence by Proxy: Avant-Garde Alchemy and the Materiality of Sound in Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound […]


Adam Knight Gilbert to lecture at two international conferences

April 24, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology faculty member Adam Knight Gilbert, who also directs the Thornton Early Music Program, was invited as a lecturer and teacher at the Improvising Across Boundaries conference at the Orfeus Instituut in Belgium on May 21 and 22, 2015. He has also been invited to speak at the Petrus Alamire – New Perspectives […]


Students and faculty to present papers at Musicology conferences this summer

April 22, 2015

The USC Thornton Musicology department will be well-represented at scholarly conferences this summer, with students and faculty making several presentations. Doctoral student Meagan Mason will deliver a paper at the Loci in Musicology: Epicenters, Parallels, and Unity conference at Brandeis University on May 1-2, 2015. Alison Maggart (PhD ’15) will deliver a paper at the […]


Paul Chaikin to present paper at MPSG conference in London

April 21, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology lecturer Paul Chaikin will present a paper entitled “Clamoring for Order and Serenity: Bells, Apophenia, and Modern Subjectivity” at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group at King’s College London, in July of this year.


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