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SUBJECT: Lecture to explore digital recording technologies and new music-making practices
DATE: Feb. 5, 2004

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Dr. Jan Marontate, one of Canada's leading researchers on new technologies and creative practices in music, will give a public lecture, titled Digital Recording Technologies and New Music-making Practices, on Friday, Feb. 13, 2004. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. in room E-1002, located in the Education Building on Memorial's St. John's campus.

Dr. Marontate teaches in the Sociology Department at Acadia University. This lecture will look at the changing place of recording in music-making, focusing on the use of new digital recording and audio creation techniques by young performers and composers, based on an on-going study of students in a music technology program in rural Nova Scotia. Digital technologies and the creative practices associated with them have revived performance as a "listening technique" and a "composition technique" in surprising ways. Not only do new practices blur the distinction between originality, emulation and replication, they also reposition geographical, physical and time factors in the creative process. This lecture is sponsored by the Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University.

Biography

Dr. Jan Marontate is one of Canada's leading researchers on new technologies and creative practices in music. She is interested in how people learn about new technical information, how they make it their own by using and transforming the information, and come to be recognized by others as "innovators." She is engaged in a number of projects, one focusing on models for sustainable careers and entrepreneurial strategies, another exploring technical information-sharing networks and creative practices in the performing arts. Yet another focuses on cultural workers in Nova Scotia. With a PhD from the Université de Montréal. Dr. Marontate currently teaches in the Sociology Department of Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She has previously been associated with the Centre for Sociology of Innovation at the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris, one of Europe's leading engineering schools, and with the Department of Science, Technology, and Culture at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

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