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309, Bellefield Hall, free Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork in Japan and the United States throughout the 1990s, this paper will describe an electronic music genre called Noise within the transpacific loops of its circulation during this period. I describe Noise as part of a technological production of "feedback" that transforms the circulation of popular music through the subjective emplacements of its listeners. When we tune into feedback, we move our models of musical culture away from narratives of national identities, youth subcultures or local music scenes, stressing instead the sonic experiences of circulation as they are interpreted by its myriad subjects. Feedback experiments with the possibilities of selfhood in the...
132, Music Building, free Reception to follow Update: This event has been moved from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13. Abstract: Dramatic new developments in population genetics, genetic anthropology and archaeology suggest that our earliest fully "modern" ancestors originated in Africa between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago, and that a small band migrated from that continent to Asia between 90,000 and 60,000 years ago, destined to populate the rest of the world with its descendants. This, the so-called "Out-of-Africa" paradigm, has opened the door to all sorts of new possibilities for research on human culture during a period that is increasingly being referred to as "deep history." Drawing on experience gained during my...
132 Music Building, free Internationally acclaimed  composer John Adams will give a free lecture at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m. Adams will discuss his recent compositions, including his latest opera Dr. Atomic, based on the life of J. Robert. Oppenheimer. John Adams is this year’s Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year and his lecture at Pitt is part of an ongoing collaboration between the PSO and local universities, a collaboration which also includes performances of his music by university ensembles and opportunities for him to mentor young composers. One of America’s most admired and respected composers, John Adams is a musician of enormous range and...
Polyp Poetics: Toward a Natural History of Instrumental Music Music Building, Room 132, free Reception to follow
Hip-hop Movement Among the Turkish Community: Emergence in Germany, Interactions with Turkey, Developments up to Recent Times Music Building, Room 132, free
Three Upcoming Grapes of Wrath Opera Programs PITT ARTS is pleased to announce three important programs in November 2008 for the Pittsburgh premiere of Pittsburgh Opera’s The Grapes of Wrath.
J.S. Bach's Cantata 18 and the Tradition of the Litany Music Building, Room 132, free Reception to follow Johann Sebastian Bach's pre-Leipzig cantatas exhibit a number of interesting compositional experiments that serve as a transition from the sacred concerto of the 17th century to the modern cantata we find in his Leipzig years. One of these highly experimental pieces is the cantata Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee BWV 18, composed around 1714. While the composition has only a single short aria, it revolves around an extensive recitative, juxtaposing sections of the soloists and quotations from the Lutheran litany. A second unusual feature is an instrumental introduction, which is one of Bach's...

132 Music Building, free Reception to follow

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