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  • Citizen creative placemaking: my personal backstory November 20, 2017
    When I was an undergraduate college student, I took a class that changed the focus of my life. This is a pretty broad brush to paint on a set of morphing decisions I’d been making for years, but bear with me – I’ve got a point to make. I started out my college career as … Continue reading →
  • Thinking about the role of music October 24, 2017
    So I haven’t posted in a while. Okay, since March (!). But it’s been a busy busy time – I started a new position a year and a half ago and we’ve been developing a new office. It’s taken more time than even I would have anticipated. Great times! I may at some point blog … Continue reading →
  • Chuck Berry -curating sounds and memories March 20, 2017
    Update: (okay, it took less than a couple of hours to get to this, but you knew I would). I have to include this wonderful retrospective by Peter Guralnick about his interview with Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino in New Orleans in 2011. (You think of trying to interview them as … Continue reading →
  • Total randomness – how else to deal with this year’s Oscars? February 28, 2017
    I’m a fairly rabid reader of The New Yorker, for what it’s worth. And today’s article on the glitch in the Best Picture Awards at the Oscars this year struck me as one of those moments where we create our own soundtrack. Since I’ve been posting on this blog more regularly lately, I thought I’d share … Continue reading →
  • RIP Clyde Stubblefield February 21, 2017
    There are far too many losses to the music world, this year, and every year – maybe last year just sensitized me to it or maybe we’re getting to that generational shift? Either way, today I’m sharing the soundtrack that’s guiding my morning and a brief obit from Digital Music News. Let the Funky Drummer … Continue reading →
  • Remembering Al Jarreau February 13, 2017
    Just a quick post today. Al Jarreau was one of the voices of my childhood and teen years – one of the happy, beautiful voices that countermanded all the emotional art rock I consumed at the same time. This tribute was put together by Wisconsin Public Radio – there’s a request by his family to … Continue reading →
  • Thinking about protest music, the Women’s March, and Joan Baez February 7, 2017
    Rolling Stone published an interview with Joan Baez yesterday about the Women’s March and protest music. While I strongly recommend reading it, there are a couple of highlights I’m thinking about. There’s a lack of music as a positive, uplifting (Baez’s word) force right now – protests are focused on anger. This movement needs an … Continue reading → […]
  • On protest music in the current age 1.28.17 January 28, 2017
    I’ve renewed an old research interest – protest music. Not terribly a shocking interest for an ethnomusicologist in the crazy times we’re seeing, but it’s been a recurring theme in my toolkit of research subjects. John Mellencamp (whose work I don’t normally look at) just released a really interesting song that takes on inequality, protest … Continue reading […]
  • Mourning 2016 Musicians – Glenn Frey January 18, 2017
    This is just a brief post but I anticipate more of these to follow – every one of the artists I miss deserves a post of his/her own. So I’m still not over last year’s losses. And by that I mean the musicians lost to the world when they died last year. For me this … Continue reading →
  • A guest blog from my new housemates August 5, 2016
    I broke down this week and did something I avoid – I went to the local animal shelter (because I can’t go without bringing home new friends). Even worse, I went into the kitten room and was immediately accosted by two small feline persons who informed me in no uncertain terms that I was taking … Continue reading →

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I don’t have a ton to say tonight, but I’m very excited to say that I’ve started a new round of interviewing. I’ve decided to focus this next round of research on the role of social media, particularly Kickstarter/USA Projects and the like, and Google+/YouTube. Like in my earlier work, I’m most concerned with the role these technologies are playing in how performers connect with audiences and create performances. Also like in my earlier work, I’m as interested in interviewing and exploring the role of technological mediators (engineers/site designers/podcasters and so on) as well as individual performers.

I’ve been following the work of two performers as they start their professional careers (no names yet – I need to get their blessings before I start giving details in my blog!) who are engaging with both these approaches to performance and audience generation. For those of you who know me personally, you also won’t be shocked that I was an early adopter of Google+ with my first official post on July 1, 2011. A number of us saw early on that Hangouts had great potential as a performing venue, but the connections between Hangouts and YouTube has really accelerated the development of that potential. I’ve seen the integration of Hangouts as a mechanism for promoting live shows, helping audiences come together around performances they can’t, themselves, see live (but can listen to on internet radio – linked to a G+ post!).

I’ve also watched over the past year as a series of recording projects have come together through crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and USA Projects. It’s been both wonderful and fascinating. It’s great to see performers whose work I respect get the acknowledgement in really practical ways to get their work recorded and sent out into the world. One artist, who I will start interviewing as soon as she and I can set the times! has really seen things snowball.

That’s all I really have to say tonight. I’m putting together a conference paper proposal to talk about this next spring. As usual, I’m probably being too optimistic that I can talk about more than the skinniest slice of this in 20 minutes but even that will be fun. I haven’t been this excited since I started going into the recording studio in 2002!

Until next time, folks. I’ll try to come back and debrief here next week.


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