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Leigh Landy (Reino Unido) - Art for Life's Sake (Arte para la vida)

Conferencia - Día 2

Descripción | Abstract

Much innovative music has primarily reached a specialist public reflecting an ethos of ‘art for art’s sake’. In this talk, this elitist attitude will be challenged. It will be proposed that making music with real-world sounds, reflecting today’s sampling culture, offers a unique opportunity to connect with anyone’s lived experience. It is therefore proposed that art for art’s sake might be replaced by art for life’s sake. Taking this year’s theme into account, we are able to focus on current topics such as climate change and create powerful sonic experiences that are not only innovative, but also engaging and inclusive.

Leigh Landy ( holds a Research Chair at De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) where he directs the Music, Technology and Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2). His scholarship is divided between creative and musicological work. His compositions, many of which are sample based, include several for video, dance and theatre and have been performed around the globe. His publications focus primarily on the studies of electroacoustic music. He is editor of “Organised Sound” (Cambridge) and author of eight books including “What’s the Matter with Today’s Experimental Music?”. “Understanding the Art of Sound Organization” (MIT Press) and “The Music of Sounds” (Routledge, 2012). He recently completed two books, “On the Music of Sounds and the Music of Things” with John Richards and “Experiencing Organised Sounds” which are being prepared for publication. He directs the ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS) projects and is a founding director of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS).

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