One year of Elbphilharmonie

15/01/2018 by Leonard Sprueth | 0 comments

Following construction delays and a set of scandals, a year ago, the new concert hall called Elbphilharmonie has been inaugurated in Hamburg, Germany. Conceptualised as the landmark of the Music City Hamburg, its spectacular architecture attracts thousands of tourists and music lovers. The diverse musical programme covers all musical genres, ranging from classical concerts to Einstürzende Neubauten, Poetry Slams and contemporary electronics. 850.000 spectators joining the first years´s programme let the city quickly forget about the troubles of planning and constructing…

Here a short flash back of the opening ceremony:

A Musicology for Landscape – New Book by David Nicholas Buck

03/01/2018 by Leonard Sprueth | 0 comments

As the title suggests, David Buck’s recent publication concentrates on weaving sound into the sensory appreciation of landscape. Through conceptual and direct reference on musical notation, his work investigates landscape architecture’s inherent temporality and calls for refocusing  this under-researched aspect provided by the model of notating time. 

Being a landscape architect and educator, Buck’s work offers an innovative and contemporary approach to a wide range of landscape projects and as the founder of the “landscape architecture programme” at the University of East London, his design work in the UK and Japan has been widely published. During his PhD he focused on the investigation of alternatives for perspectival representations of space in landscape architecture through developing new notations from a synthesis with music, thus “A Musicology for Landscape” is evidently the latest in a succession of thriving works.

The book hereby addresses a difficulty within the architectural discourse, which is concerned with a lack of adequacy of the existing design tools to correctly explore the landscape’s inherited temporality. By seeking new forms of notation through the inclusion of musical notation, the book introduces three influential composers – Morton Feldman, György Ligeti and Michael Finnissy – presenting a critical evaluation of their work within music, as well as a means in which it might be used in design research. David Buck then juxtaposes musical scores with design representations by Kevin Appleyard, Bernard Tschumi and William Kent, until final examination through newly developed landscape architectural notations. Ultimately, bringing together musical composition and landscape architecture through notation, evokes a focused and sensitive exploration of temporality and sound in both fields.

David Buck – between landscape architecture and land art 

A Musicology for Landscape – 2017 – Routledge


by Sebastian Maier

CfP: Mapping the Musical City – a Historically Savvy Symposium

This symposium, in association with the School of Advanced Studies, addresses mapping as both an object and method of musicological enquiry. Inspired in part by the “spatial turn” in the humanities at large and fuelled by the increasing accessibility of Geographic Information Systems software, musicologists can now visualize and analyse complicated trends across time and place with greater ease than ever before. Yet, the ideological and epistemological implications of different mapping tools and techniques remain underexplored. The aim of this symposium is to situate recent projects within a longer history of cartographic practice in music studies.

Please note the quick turnaround for this call: the deadline for proposals is Wednesday 13 December 2017, 12.00 GMT and decisions will be made later that week.

For more informations concerning your proposal please check the link below.


by Leonard Sprueth

The Urban Research Plaza’s 16th Urban Culture Forum – Call for Papers

Happy to announce! Next years Urban Culture Forum puts special emphasis on the various aspects of Creative and Responsive Citizenship and the artistic approaches of promoting such.

The Urban Research Plaza will hold its 16th edition on March 7th – 8th, 2018, Bangkok, with the overall topic of Education for Creative and Responsive Citizenship.

Researchers, artists and people involved into urban planning that set themselves apart with cross – disciplinary and cross – cultural practices with a focus on sustainable development of cities, as well as enhancement of cultural continuity, are gladly called to participate.

The Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Osaka City University, Japan anually invite contributers thoughout various disciplines such as visual art, music, cultural studies, ethnomusicology or creative arts therapies for a progressive gathering in the Urban Culture Forum and now are spotlighting the complexity of educative ways that promote contemporary forms of Citizenship, accenting art as a communicative tool.


Abstract Deadline will be November 30, 2017.

More: Urban Culture Forum – 16th Edition

The Urban Research Plaza is a Partnership between Japan & Thailand.



by R. Kuchar

KISMIF Conference 2018 – Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the fourth KISMIF International Conference ‘Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! Gender, differences, identities and DIY cultures’ (KISMIF Conference 2018) which will take place in Porto, Portugal, between 3 July and 7 July 2018. This initiative follows the great success of the three past editions of the KISMIF Conference and brings together an international community of researchers focusing on underground music scenes and do-it-yourself culture. The 4th edition of KISMIF will focus on ‘Gender, differences, identities and DIY cultures’, directing its attention on gender issues relating to underground scenes and DIY cultures, and their manifestation at local, translocal and virtual levels. In 2018, the scientific programme of KISMIF will once again be accompanied by a diverse social and cultural programme, characterised by a series of artistic events, with special focus on underground music and other artistic expressions. The aim is to provide a unique experience in terms of the transglobal DIY cultures. KISMIF Convenors Andy Bennett & Paula Guerra.

Adriana Amaral, Ana da Silva, Anthony Fung, Gina Birch, Helen Reddington, Jodie Taylor, John Robb, Jordan Mooney, Lucy O’Brien,
Michael MacDonald, Motti Regev, Rosa Reitsamer, Sara Cohen, The Raincoats.

More: KISMIF Website

by R. Kuchar

Sensing the City – Mapping the Beat

A very interesting work about Musicking in the city by Katie Rochow. The study documents the way in which music making serves as a vehicle for the social production of place and the creation of an affective attachment to that place both individual and collective. The analysis contains research of the two cities Wellington and Copenhagen.

by R. Kuchar

Memphis Music Cities Convention – Final Schedule and Speakers

Memphis Mucis Cities Convention just published the conference´s final programme and speakers appearing at the event from  Oct. 25th to 27th, 2017.

Have a look at the schedule and panel descriptions and the international speakers from municipalities, regions, academics, consultancies and the music industry  who will discuss, debate and introduce new thinking, action and structure regarding Music Cities.



by R. Kuchar

Music Cities Convention Memphis, Oct. 26, 2017

Music Cities Convention is the largest and most extensive gathering on Music Cities. The conference brings together leaders from governments, cities and regions, academics, organisations and the music scene to discuss, debade and introduce new thinking. On October 26th 2017, Music Cities Convention will be held in Mephis with its ritch musical legacy and vibrant music scene.


by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

Urban musics and musical practices in sixteenth-century Europe

In their interdisciplinary research project, carried out between 2012 and 2016 at CSIC, Institución y Mila Fontanals, the principal investigator Dr. Tess Knighton and her team explored the 16th century urban music culture in Barcelona. They analysed the comopolitan social structure of the Catalonian capital and provided  insides in the cultural life of that time which go far beyond the official historiographical writing, sheding the spotlight on those who have not hitherto featured in the musical narrative of the city. The project which made considerable strides towards establishing new perspectives and possibilities for the cultural mapping of European urban music history, was sponsored by the Marie Curie Foundation. More.