Department of Music

the university of hong kong


Acousmatic Methodologies of the Ear

25-26 March 2011
Convocation Room, 2/F Main Building
The University of Hong Kong


Department of Music, School of Humanities, 
The University of Hong Kong


This symposium intends to interrogate and reflect on various methodologies for investigating the means by which members of a society evolve as communities of listening in different locales. Moreover, it focuses on those who are exposed to the same music through historical experiences such as colonialism, for instance, and through applied technologies such as the radio, records, cassettes, and the internet. Leading questions include: how do these disparate communities articulate and share their versions of a style of music in renditions where the sound is removed from its original source and made local through taste yet global through their experience with music technology; how are communities of listening mobilized; how do these disparate communities of listening fit into a world of interconnectedness and difference; how can the senses of hearing and listening assist the observer in learning a culture and develop an understanding of the way members of a society know one another? These are but a few of the questions the symposium will address. We welcome papers in all fields dealing with recorded music, senses of hearing, and the acoustemologies of various technologised sound cultures.


Speakers include Earle Waugh (University of Alberta), Andy J. Hamilton (Durham University), and Andrew F. Jones (UC-Berkeley), who will be in residence in the Department of Music from 21-26 March 2011 as this year's Rayson Huang Fellow.

Speakers will have 25 minutes for their presentations and 10 minutes to respond to questions. Proceedings will be conducted in English.


Dr. YANG Yuanzheng
Department of Music  
The University of Hong Kong  
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong