Ethnomusicology and Popular Music

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To celebrate the upcoming publication of Volume 18 of Ethnomusicology Review, the website for the US branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board seek 1,000-1,500 word essays, performance reviews, or alternative multimedia submissions (interactive web projects, podcasts, short video documentaries or presentations, etc.), presenting and reflecting on ethnographic approaches to the study of popular music. The Sounding Board, an online magazine operated by the editorial staff of Ethnomusicology Review, publishes content related to the field of ethnomusicology twice per week.

Ethnomusicology Review, a journal based out of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, has been publishing annual selections of scholarly articles and reviews since 1984. Recently, the open access, peer-reviewed online journal introduced “Bring the Noise,” a popular music section within the website’s Sounding Board, intended to inspire conversation and debate on methodological, political and ethical issues.

IASPM-US has been an important part of the popular music landscape since the early 1980s and serves as a forum for a range of scholarly and other approaches to popular music. The US branch of IASPM holds true to the goals of its parent organization in the belief that popular music has much to teach us about this world. It places an emphasis on the writings and other activities of scholars, journalists, and musicians—focusing not only on American music but also on musics from across the globe, and “Music 2.0″ made and consumed in virtual soundscapes.

Accepted submissions will appear on both the IASPM-US website and the Sounding Board throughout October 2013.

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“The International Cairo Jazz Festival and Mini Mobile Concerts: Two Musical Approaches to ‘Post’-Revolutionary Egypt,” by Darci Sprengel

“The Role of the Instrument Maker in Popular Music Studies,” by Will Connor

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