Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies

Joe Snape

Joe Snape is currently an MPhil candidate in musicology at New College, Oxford, where he holds an Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities under the supervision of Georgina Born. Previously, he gained a BA in Music from Cambridge University and studied composition and programming at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague. In 2011, as one of a team of four, he set up The Rite of Spring Project, an annual scratch orchestra performance hosted by Bold Tendencies in Peckham, London. Since, it has been lauded by The Times and featured in the BBC Four documentary The Sound and the Fury.

Joe’s research interests lie in the tangled relationships between technical, aesthetic and social vectors that pertain to current electronic music practices, particularly in the case of compositional and performative strategies that converge in the programming environment Max/MSP. This year, together with MusDig affiliate Christabel Stirling, he organised an international three-day festival exploring just these kinds of post-digital music tendencies at Modern Art Oxford. Alongside academic and curatorial interests in contemporary music, Joe tries to maintain a practical one, too. Recently, this has included projects with De Melkweg, Amsterdam; ACUD Theater, Berlin; and Nonclassical, London. In a particularly exciting year, 2013-14 brings with it performances in Tokyo and New York.


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