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Unsung Stories: Fighting Systemic Barriers in Electronic Music

General Programming

June 21, 2021

Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia's Computer Music Center is a first step focusing on the legacy of women who have studied and worked at the renowned Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (renamed the Computer Music Center in 1996). The project includes three parts: a two-day symposium (April 9-10, 2021), a podcast series, and a concert in Fall 2021. Unsung Stories highlights the work of women, including the work of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ composers and musicians at the Center, examining how institutional networks and intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, and other identifications impacted the daily work, modes of interaction, and visibility of women composers at the CPEMC/CMC historically and in the field more broadly. It features panels and roundtables with over thirty composers/sound artists, and scholars who will discuss the lineage, musical excellence, experience, and visibility of the diverse women who have worked at the Center from the 1950s to its recent history.

Panel Fighting Systemic Barriers in Electronic Music

Moderator: Miki Kaneda (Boston University)

Hannah Bosma (University of Amsterdam), “We are not one: Musical identification and feminism as a field”

Cathy Cox (Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan), “From the Margins to the Center”

Frances Morgan (University of Lincoln), “Call and response: making with the archive”

Danielle Shlomit Sofer (Dublin, Ireland), “And When We Tell Our Stories, Where Do They Go?”

Asha Tamirisa (Bates College), “Labor and Technical / Sonic Practice”

Concluding Remarks

Ellie M. Hisama & Zosha Di Castri