CHILEAN MUSICOLOGISTS MET AT THE TALCA CAMPUS
THE V CONFERENCE ON MUSICAL RESEARCH, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 6TH CONFERENCE OF THE MUSICOLOGY SOCIETY, WAS HELD AT THE TALCA CAMPUS.
September 13, 2017
Outstanding Argentine musician and musicologist Leonardo Waisman talked about "musical deafness” at the inaugural talk of the V Conference on Musical Research, of our University, and the VI Young Researchers Conference of the Chilean Musicology Society, which took place in the Diego Portales Hall of the Talca Campus, organized by the School of Music.
"Taking the Pulse: Trends in Emerging Musical Research" was called the two-day meeting that included nearly 20 talks.
At the opening, researcher Leonardo Waisman elaborated on the name of his "There is None So Deaf" talk to analyze a situation he sees in the study of Argentinean folk music that can be applied to Latin America. "The majority of serious academic studies come from other disciplines, from sociology and semiology and have approaches that do not come from music. Then, the treatment they do excludes that which has sounds, that is to say, they do not talk about how this or that singer sounds, how such composer composes, but, at the most, they speak about the texts and lyrics and other things, about how to sell, how they dress and what things do they speak about," he explained.
"What I'm trying to do is providing some methods to correct this and to have the possibility of really studying, from a musical point of view, what singers and performers of Argentine folk music do, which is applicable to the whole field of popular music," he added.
On the other hand, Waisman, who a harpsichordist and conductor specializing in baroque music, with studies in Argentina and the United States, appreciated the existence of digital tools used today in musical analysis. "In the work that I have just presented I used a free software program developed by a university in London, which is called Sonic Visualizer, and shows different types of waves and spectra from musical sounds. There are other programs, especially in European universities that, in general, are free because they are academic, non-commercial developments," he added.
A Reference in Musicology
About the V Conference organized by the School of Music, academic Gonzalo Martinez said that in organizing these meetings it has been essential the support of the Research Unit. At the same time, he highlighted the importance of these scientific events because "they keep us as a model for regional universities where musicology is studied and, more than that, it is a center where all musicologists in Chile can converge."
"In addition, it allows us to promote the School of Music’s “NEUME” magazine - and that is very important. The truth is that the development of "NEUME" would not have been the same without the support of the Research Unit", he stressed.
For his part, the president of the Musicology Society of Chile, Alejandro Vera, appreciated “the good level of organization of the conference" that was geared at showing the work of young researchers. On the other hand, he said that the aforementioned discipline has had a major development in recent years, on the basis of undergraduate and graduate programs that several universities offer today, among them the UTALCA. Along with this factor, Vera mentioned the positive influence that has had the Music Fund in the support of research.
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