Conference: MUSIC OBJECT STORIES: Popular music and material culture | 01. / 02.10.2020

During the interdisciplinary conference at the Goethe National Museum in Weimar basics of cultural studies object research will be discussed and transnational music object stories will be presented. What are digital music objects? How can they be integrated into collections, exhibitions and museums? How can musical phenomena be researched on the Internet?

Date: 01 & 02.10.2020

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Eventtitle: MUSIC OBJECT STORIES: Popular music and material culture

Eventtype: Conference

Eventcategory: BMBF

Organisor: Institut für Musikwissenschaft Weimar-Jena

Place: Festsaal des Goethe-Nationalmuseums Weimar, Frauenplan 1, 99423 Weimar

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Over the centuries, material musical objects such as musical instruments or sheet music have not only contributed to the stabilization and transmission of specific musical cultures, but have also opened up new possibilities for the production, communication and experience of music. With the advent of electromechanical and electronic apparatuses for music production, storage and reproduction, these possibilities were greatly expanded and transformed during the 20th century. Since then, the production, mediation and reception of music have no longer been bound to performance situations. Records and music cassettes, loudspeakers and headphones, mixing consoles and electrical instruments such as electric guitar or home organs have thus fundamentally changed the way music is heard and made. They have contributed significantly to the differentiation and popularization of music.
Music objects have a dual function in the exploration of popular culture. On the one hand, they are part of comprehensive developments in the history of music, culture and technology about which they can ‚tell‘ something. On the other hand, they can be questioned according to their own object histories and specific horizons of use. Based on this observation, the interdisciplinary conference will focus on the history of music objects in popular culture from theoretical, methodological and practical collection and exhibition perspectives.