Damián Keller


Creativity in post-2020 music practices
Given the current concentration of technological resources by a few financial conglomerates and the ongoing attempts to eliminate free-sharing from the internet, music once again provides a stage for social experiments that may have long-lasting effects. I expand on the idea that we should apply different strategies to post-2020 music-making from the ones we adopted during the twentieth century. I focus on four emerging and complementary trends in an attempt to identify their creative specificities: telematic art, networked music performance, technologies for music notation and representation, and ubiquitous music. I acknowledge the transitory character of some of these labels and stress the difficulties of defining practices that are strongly tied to technological innovations. Rather than claiming the precedence, the intellectual ownership or the territorial hegemony of any of these terms, I propose a conceptual map that highlights their applicability to various creative targets.

May, 19, 2022 – 18pm (GMT+1 – Lisbon & London time)
Moderator: Gilberto Bernardes – Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering – University of Porto


Damián Keller is an associate professor of music technology at the Federal University of Acre and the Federal University of Paraíba in Brazil. He is a co-founder of the international research network Ubiquitous Music Group and a founding member of the Amazon Center for Music Research (NAP). He has published over two hundred articles on ubiquitous music and ecologically grounded creative practice in journals on information technology, design, education, philosophy and the arts. His latest co-edited book is Ubiquitous Music Ecologies (Routledge). http://ccrma.stanford.edu/~dkeller

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