FREE panel discussion on the future of music distribtion on Wednesday, 12 October!

FREE Panel discussion next Wednesday!
How do you consume music? Stream? Download? Buy physically? The music industry is rapidly evolving in many areas – including the actual distribution of music products themselves.

Join us for Neither Moguls Nor Pirates: a free panel discussion on the the emerging “grey areas” in music distribution. This panel has been reprised from a similar discussion at the famous SXSW Interactive Festival in March 2011.

The evening is a joint presentation from The Bandier Program and Syracuse University London. Come down to the Faraday House Auditorium on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30pm!

Here’s the official event description:

The debate surrounding music piracy versus the so-called collapse of the music industry has largely been bipolar, and yet so many other processes of music distribution have been developing. From online “sharity” communities that digitize obscure vinyl never released in digital format (a network of cultural preservation, one could argue), all the way to netlabels that could not care less about making money out of their releases, as well as “grime” networks made up of bedroom musicians constantly remixing each other, there is a vast wealth of possibilities driving music in the digital world. This panel will present key examples emerging from this “grey area”, and discuss future scenarios for music production and consumption that stand proudly outside the bipolar box.

Presenters include:

Alex Seago
Chair, Humanities, Social Sciences at Richmond University

Dr. Seago’s research interests focus upon the area of cultural globalization – with particular reference to music, art & design. He has published in a range of journals and article of his on global popular music in the 21st century was awarded the Stone-Suderman Prize by the Mid-Western American Studies Association. He has recently written an entry on ‘Globalization and Popular Music’ in an ‘ Encyclopedia of Globalization’ due for publication in 2012. His book ‘Burning the Box of Beautiful Things; The Development of a Postmodern Sensibility’ (Oxford University Press) examines the relationship between art and design education and the rise of contemporary pop culture in the UK during the 1950sand 1960s. As an authority on the cultural history of this era Dr. Seago has featured in several BBC radio and television programmes. Dr. Seago has lectured and presented academic papers at a wide range of universities, colleges and national and international conferences.

Heitor Alvelos
Professor at University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park

Heitor is currently Professor of Design and New Media at the University of Porto, Associate Director of ID+: Institute of Research in Design, Media and Culture, and Post-doctorate Research Fellow at INESC Porto: Institute of Engineering and Computer Systems. He is also currently a member of the UTAustin-Portugal program coordination team for the development of digital media. His main research areas include media studies, participatory media, post-subcultural ethnography, and cultural criminology. Heitor belongs to the editorial board of Crime Media Culture (Sage), The Poster (Intellect) and Radical Designist (IADE). Recent curatorship work includes the annual futureplaces digital media festival, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, and Nomadic.0910 – meetings between art and science, at the University of Porto.

Dr Jeremy Gilbert
Reader in Cultural Studies, Course Tutor MA Cultural Studies, University of East London

Jeremy Gilbert is a writer, researcher and activist whose work has appeared in various British, continental, American and Australian publications and has been translated into French, Spanish and German. His most recent book is Anticapitalism and he has co-authored books on the philosophy of dance music and the relationship between culture and politics in Blair’s Britain as well as publishing numerous articles on cultural theory, politics and music.

We hope to see you there!

Neither Moguls nor Pirates: Grey Area Music Distribution
A panel reprised from SXSW Interactive, March 2011
Wednesday 12 October, 2011 at 7:30PM in the Basement Auditorium
Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester St. London, WC1N 3AE


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