Music and Materialisms

This is the site for the Music and Materialisms Research Network, an emerging group of scholars, practitioners, and others interested in materialism and musical practices, cultures, composition, and aesthetics.

Much attention is being paid to the role that objects, matter, and materiality have in music-making, history, and aesthetics. One might, for instance, undertake a “carnal musicology”, take account of music’s “drastic” aspects, consider musical instruments’ “social lives”, engage material practices of musical production and consumption, or draw focus to embodied aspects of music through one’s practice-research. One might also reflect on the potential limits of a musical materialism – on questions concerning experience, abstraction, and excess. These trends are themselves unfolding among interdisciplinary developments in materialist thinking: be this in disciplines such as anthropology, art theory, or philosophy, or under diverse theoretical perspectives variously labelled feminist, Marxian, Adornian, post-anthropocentric, Deleuzian, vital materialist, as well as those explicitly self-identified as “new materialist” – to name but a few.


The Network is coordinated by:

Prof. Isabella van Elferen (Kingston University London)

Dr Matthew Sergeant (Bath Spa University)

Dr Samuel Wilson (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

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