Amusicology, Rebooted

September 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm 4 comments

For those of you who follow such things, you will no doubt have noticed that amusicology’s posting has trailed off considerably in the last twelve months. Sorry. Ryan was on a postdoc and Drew was on a fellowship. We are happy to announce that we are rebooting amusicology this fall, with a few new features:

1. More Music(ology), less Meta-Music(ology). Don’t worry, we’ll still have our infamous job wiki roundup every year. But we are converting our format to place a renewed emphasis on covering actual music, events, and publications, rather than ruminating about the field as such.

2. More Contributors. Actually, this depends on you, dear reader. We are looking for writers! Anyone who has something (a)musicological to say, we will consider. You know how to get a hold of either of us. Even if you don’t have anything to say, but want to write, email us. We’ve got loads of ideas but not enough time to write them all up.

3. A Less Buttoned-up Style. We founded amusicology in 2007 on the grounds that musicologists needed an online forum to communicate which had some of the qualities of a conference without the pesky travel & hotel to figure out. Our initial tag line, long since defunct (but not forgotten) was “publishable scholarship on the run.” As time has gone on, we’ve found ourselves painted into a corner: the ideas which we are most passionate about end up in our (real) published scholarship, leaving little time to cogitate over a blog post. As a result, we are giving ourselves permission to cultivate a more casual tone on the blog, with fewer of the imperatives of academic writing in play. We’ll see how we do.

Upcoming Articles:

  • AMS 2012 Preview (spoiler alert: Amusicology No-Host Party is from 7-9pm on Friday November 2 at the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel).
  • Thomas Adès at the Met
  • Adès in conversation with Tom Service (can you guess who is writing a book on a TA?)
  • (Semi) Live Coverage of AMS (also via our twitter feed)
  • … and more to come!
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4 Comments

  • 1. rlocke  |  September 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Dear Drew and Ryan:

    Glad to see you’re both back in blog-action!

    I love the genre or whatever it is (as you know), whereas I have avoided Twitter.

    Two things:

    1. typo: long sense defunct (long since defunct)–unless this is an elaborate Joycean word-play….

    2. YOu say we all know how to reach you both, but I don’t see your email addresses anywhere on the site. Nor even a Contact button.

    Thanks! Ralph

    Ralph P. Locke Professor of Musicology Eastman School of Music 26 Gibbs St. Rochester NY 14604-2599 USA Tel.: 585-274-1455 Fax: 585-274-1088 (“for R. Locke”) RLocke@esm.rochester.edu

  • 2. Drew Massey  |  September 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Hey Ralph –

    Thanks for catching the typo! We get emails from all the comments on the blog, so that is one way to reach us.

    You can also email me at

    [my first name].[my last name] at gmail.com

    (We’ll see if humans can figure this out without generating lots of robo spam).

  • 3. Phil Gentry (@pmgentry)  |  September 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I’m going to try and work “long sense defunct” into my next publication, if that’s okay.

    Glad to have you guys back!

  • 4. Drew Massey  |  September 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Boy, tough crowd for the first day back ;-)

    I’m thinking about all the ways the phrase “short sense defunct” could work in a paper on the breakdown of serialism in Webern’s Bagatelles …..


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