Joanna Demers, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Southern California, will present a lecture titled “William Basinski, Tape Loops, and Mourning” as part of the International Programs series “Taping the World: The Global Legacy of a Neglected Technology.” The lecture takes place on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.
Demers specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century popular and concert music. Her work has appeared in Popular Music, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the Social Science Research Network, and her monograph, Steal This Music: How Intellectual Property Law Affects Musical Creativity won the 2006 Book of the Year award from the Popular Culture Association. Her next book, Listening Electronically: the Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music, is under contract with Oxford University Press.
“Taping the World: The Global Legacy of a Neglected Technology” is a Major Project initiative of International Programs, funded by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. Professor John Durham Peters and Associate Professor Kembrew McLeod are co-directors of the project which will investigate the cultural, historical, aesthetic, and political imprint of tape recording as the single most important medium of sound recording in the last century.