Posts Tagged ‘electric guitar’

Graduate Student Conference

January 28, 2009

I’m a (founding) member of the Boston University Music Society, a group for the musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory students at BU. I’m going to shamelessly plug our upcoming graduate student conference. 

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kiri Miller from Brown University. Her talk is tentatively titled “Virtual Virtuosity and Mediated Musicality: Why Guitar Hero Players Don’t Just Play Real Guitars.”  We have six student papers being presented that day that represent the wide and varied research interest of graduate students today. I served on the program committee and I am quite excited by both the submissions we had and the choices we made. You can see the program and read the abstracts here.

So if you’re in Boston on March 28, stop by. We are still making arrangements, but it looks like we’ll be in room B12 of the College of Arts and Sciences building, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Keep checking our website for information or email us at bums _at_


Palin Comparison: Which Ticket Would Be Better for Music?

September 5, 2008

This just in:

Palin Comparison: Which Ticket Would Be Better for Music? | Listening Post from

Word is that Alaska governor, Republican vice presidential nominee and airborne wolf huntress Sarah Palin gave one of her children the middle name “Van” so that his name would rhyme with Van Halen. After all, one of its best-selling albums, 1984, did come out the same year she competed in the Miss Alaska pageant.

John McCain (who may or may not have been aware of her predilection for the guitar legend) played the …Read more…

This does not bode well, people. So fire up those DVD burners and start ripping as fast as you can. And check your collection for CDs that Ms. Righteous will want banned. Except Van Halen? She likes them? If I were a fan of Eddie & Co., I would be hiding those tapes and CDs right now!

This highlights the way in which music is contextually placed and how that context can change and shift reception over time. Van Halen–cool when they came out, not cool later, wicked cool as old guys (when they’re straight anyway), and possibly pariahs or maybe heros now, depending on your political orientation. And poor old Abba. They’ve really ridden the roller coaster of taste. They were high again, but McCain may have given them the kiss of death.

Fun Music

August 18, 2008


That’s right everyone! The electric guitar can make music fun. And following in the great French conservatory tradition, you can learn right here in Fun Music School in beautiful Chantilly, France, because what is fun if we do not learn to make it properly?