IASPM-US Website CFP: “On My Video Phone”: Popular Music on Screens

by Mike D'Errico on June 4, 2013

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“If you want me you can watch me on your video phone” –Lady Gaga 

In his 1991 article “The Computer for the Twenty-First Century,” Mark Weiser envisioned a future mediascape of “ubiquitous computing,” in which computer screens would become so pervasive and commonplace that the technologies would become virtually indistinguishable from the fabric of everyday life. As he writes, “we are in the personal computing era, person and machine staring uneasily at each other across the desktop. Next comes ubiquitous computing, or the age of calm technology, when technology recedes into the background of our lives.” In the two decades since the publication of this essay, we have witnessed the emergence and widespread use of pervasive portable computers, cell phones and other “smart devices,” streaming movie and television services, the integration of digital video into live performances of popular music, and haptic interfaces for video games and mobile media. Together, these technologies have helped in shaping the audio-visual into a multimedia, multi-sensory experience. As various screen technologies merge with the multifarious forms of popular music, what happens to social, cultural, and political space in which these screens are enmeshed?

The IASPM-US website seeks 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 the use of popular music in film, television, video games, mobile media, and other forms of interactive performance.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Popular music on TV
  • Experiencing popular music across media forms
  • Touch screen technology and sonic embodiment
  • Cinematic sound design
  • Popular music and advertising
  • Private vs. public experience in mobile media
  • Digital audio production (DAWs, smartphone apps, etc.)
  • Sonic experience in virtual worlds
  • Multimedia performances

No matter the submission format or topic, including both text and multimedia (audio or video footage, SoundCloud or YouTube examples, images) is highly encouraged.

Deadline for proposals is 26 June 2013.  Please submit drafts and multimedia files as attachments to Mike D’Errico at theatticbat@gmail.com. Accepted submissions will appear on the IASPM-US website during July 2013.

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