Arts and Cultural Events

FUAIM Lecture with Prof. Martin Iddon, University of Leeds

Martin Iddon is Professor of Music and Aesthetics at the University of Leeds. He largely writes about music after 1945 in West Germany and North America and writes long, quiet music.

Jennifer Walshe and Hauntology, or, it’s not the end of the world In pop music and art music alike, the late 1980s and 1990s was the era of nostalgia, the first modern era in which both bands and composers set out not to quote from but actively to evoke the music of the relatively recent past. The logical conclusion of this was what Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi called ‘the cancellation of the future’, such that much recent music might have been written in some Wheneversville between 1960 and 1990. It sounds like it might as well be a cover version, or as if it is a cover version, even if no-one ever got around to writing the original. Art music of the same period effects an almost perfect fusion of the techniques of musique concrète instrumentale, New Complexity, spectralism, and the Neue Einfachheit, as if it is the final, perfected—and ultimately boring—synthesis of the musics of the previous fifty years. Opposed to this inwardly collapsing endism, I will pose two case studies which, if they don’t provide a way out, use exactly the same nostalgic impulse to draw attention to the problem: first, in the sphere of popular music, hauntology; second, the composer, Jennifer Walshe. Along the way, I will argue that Adele might be the problem, decaying tape might be the solution, and, towards the end, badly mispronounce a large number of Irish names.

Category: Arts and Cultural Events:
Time: 11am - 1pm
Location: O' Riada Hall, Department of Music, Sunday's Well Road
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Celena O'Brien
021 4904530

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