Musicology News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

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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Sean Nye publishes paper on influential Apple designer

April 20, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology professor Sean Nye recently released a scholarly publication about Hartmut Esslinger, the first lead designer for the Apple corporation. Esslinger worked at Apple with Steve Jobs from 1982-1986 and also designed with companies such as Sony and Microsoft. Sean Nye is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities in the USC Thornton […]

Joanna Demers shares insight into the history of Sci-Fi music

April 16, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology professor Joanna Demers was recently featured on NPR affiliate WBUR Boston speaking about the history of musical composition in science fiction film and television. On the Stylus radio show “The Sound of Science Fiction”, Demers spoke about composer Vangelis’ soundtrack for the 1982 film Blade Runner, noting that “The soundtrack … is […]

Tim Page interviewed in Fanfare

April 2, 2015

Tim Page, USC Thornton Musicology professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic, was interviewed for Fanfare magazine about his friendship with the great composer and critic Vigil Thompson. Last year, Page edited a two-volume chronicle of Thompson’s writings for the Library of America. In the interview, Page described his many years working alongside Thompson in the […]

Early Music students and alumni present papers at several conferences

April 1, 2015

USC Thornton Early Music DMA alum Bianca Hall (DMA ’14) and current students Stacey Helley (MA and DMA) and William Rowley (PhD student in Musicology) had scholarly papers accepted at International Society for the History of Rhetoric in Tübingen, Germany. Last year, Hall and Helley contributed scholarly papers to the Annual Renaissance Conference of Southern […]

Musicology chair Joanna Demers speaks about “Blurred Lines” verdict on NPR radio

March 25, 2015

Joanna Demers, USC Thornton chair of Musicology, was a featured guest on the NPR radio show, “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.” Demers, whose research and teaching interests include popular and experimental music since 1945, weighed in on the music copyright fight involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell William’s 2013 mega-hit, “Blurred Lines.” A Los Angeles jury […]

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