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(Don’t) Leave it to Bieber

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I’m not saying you can’t hate some pop music; I’m just saying you can’t, in the presence of a practicing postmusicologist, hate on all pop music just because it is popular, disguising elitism as self-pitying pride in new music’s marginalized market position.

The Dilemma of the “Postmodern Avant-Garde”

Rock Paper And Vintage Scissors

Talking about a “postmodern avant-garde” might well seem oxymoronic. But what at first glance appears self-contradictory might, upon closer inspection, disclose itself as a fundamental social tension within new music culture—or, rather, a tension between the ideals of that culture and the material reality of contemporary socio-economic structures.

It Ain’t Us, Babe

Steam locomotive enters tunnel

Beware of musicologists bringing hegemonic narratives to discipline the chaos of the contemporary.

The Musicology of the Present

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This seems like the perfect venue to take up a challenge laid down by composer-journalist-scholar Kyle Gann, who in 2008 tasked a generation of music historians with having “dropped the ongoing narrative of composed music.”

Rethinking Grants: Sometimes Smaller is Bigger

Our decision to award more small grants is driven by the same underlying principle that has motivated our entire approach to project grants: bringing artists into the public limelight is crucial for a modern-day healthy ecology for new music.

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