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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Spectral Thinking

Friday, August 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marysol Quevedo
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Twentieth-Century Music is planning a themed issue on the subject of spectral thinking, guest edited by Jonathan Cross (University of Oxford).

Articles (6,000-12,000 words) are invited exploring the idea of spectral music in the widest sense. Submissions are welcomed from any methodological perspective and/or in relation to a wide range of musical repertoires or practices that could be said to engage with the notion of the "spectrum of sound". Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • historical/historiographical perspectives on spectral music in France (post-1968, etc.) and elsewhere
  • the institutions of spectral music
  • philosophical contexts for the "ideologies" of spectralism
  • the politics of spectralism
  • spectral music and modes of listening
  • spectralism and technology
  • music spectra, the corps sonore and music theory, from Rameau to the present
  • analytical approaches to spectral music
  • spectral music and the creative process
  • spectral music and sound studies
  • wider 'spectral thinking', with its origins in Debussy, Partch, Cowell, even Schoenberg, and embracing a diverse host of composers working internationally from the 1960s on

For the full call for papers, please click here.

For consideration for inclusion in this special issue, articles must be submitted to tcm@cambridge.org by Monday, 24 April 2017. Decisions regarding publication will be made by the end of June 2017. Informal enquiries (including for potential reviews of books on music/issues related to spectral music) may be sent to the Guest Editor: Jonathan.Cross@music.ox.ac.uk.


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