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Authors:Alf Arvidsson: Umeå University, Sweden
Publication title:The Present-day Composer: Performing Individuality and Producing on Commission
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:054
Abstract:The division of music into art; popular and folk music is a social rather than a stylistic one; and the distinctions between them are maintained through discursive work rather than through musical performance. Still; in research they are normally treated as distinct autonomous sectors functioning according to their own inherent logics. In the research program “The conditions of music-making – between cultural policy; economics and aesthetics”; including researchers at Umeå university Department of Culture and Media Studies and Svenskt Visarkiv (the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research); we try to apply a comparative perspective to them; by focusing on musicians relying on an image of autonomous artistic individuality; regardless of genre.1 This includes musicians/composers within contemporary art music; jazz; folk and rock/pop – genres all accepted in the Swedish cultural policy grants system; although treated in different ways. Immediately it should be said that although we put the musicians on par with each other; and that the crossing; blurring and dissolution of genre borders are constantly hailed as desirable qualities in music of artistic pretentions; the same borders are effectively at work in the ways music is socially organised; with different clubs; concert halls; radio shows; festivals and academic programs keeping up genre borders just by labelling. As the subtitle indicates; we study how music made with artistic ambitions is produced on fields where the forces of cultural policy; mediatisation; commercialism; event-making; and audiences are in various combinations forming the space available.
Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:6
Pages:515-520
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/054/ecp11062054.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Alf Arvidsson (2011). The Present-day Composer: Performing Individuality and Producing on Commission, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=054 (accessed 10/2/2014)