08-11-2019 at 5.30pm
Location: ATRiuM, CA B403, University of South Wales, Cardiff, CF24 2FN
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You are invited to attend the launch of a music + research experiment in three parts: a demonstration of an interactive musical sculpture known as the SCI★FI★HI★FI by Matt Brennan; a short film screening of The Cost Of Music directed by Graeme O'Hara; and a book launch of Decomposed: A Political Ecology of Music by Kyle Devine.
“The Terrifying Miracle of Recorded Sound” explores how the cost of listening to records has changed over the past century: while the economic cost of listening to one’s choice of recorded music has never been lower, the environmental cost has never been higher.
Matt Brennan is Reader in Popular Music at the University of Glasgow, where he is Director of the Interdisciplinary Music Industries Research Group (IMIRGe) and Convenor of the MSc Music Industries degree. His book When Genres Collide (Bloomsbury) was named as one of Pitchfork’s “Favourite Music Books of 2017.” He makes music under the pseudonym Citizen Bravo.
Graeme O’Hara is a filmmaker based in Edinburgh. Working for almost a decade he has produced films covering a broad range of genres from narrative shorts to music videos (Belle and Sebastian, Deacon Blue, Jo Mango), as well as creating animated elements for live theatrical productions. The Cost of Music is his first documentary.
Kyle Devine is Head of Research and Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo. His publications include Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music (MIT Press 2019) and Audible Infrastructures: Music, Sound, Media (Oxford University Press 2020).