Ghosts in the Machine: Technology, History, and Aesthetics of the Player-Piano

Cornell University, Ithaca NY, May 4-6, 2017

Deadline for Abstract submission: January 31, 2017

The Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies welcomes abstracts for its forthcoming conference on player-pianos to take place at Cornell University, May 4-6, 2017. The conference will feature keynote presentations by Professor Georgina Born (University of Oxford) and Rex Lawson, director of the Pianola Institute. It will also include workshops and scholarly panels ranging across multiple disciplines and perspectives, including: technological, cultural and trade histories; cultural and musical mediations; the analog/digital dichotomy; computational technology; media storage; reproducibility and inscription; sound archives and the preservation of instruments. In addition to hands-on engagement with historical instruments, the conference will offer a special concert with newly-commissioned music for player-piano and piano, as well as solo and ensemble works for pianola. 

Please send an email with your name, institution, and an abstract of no more than 500 words to info -at- by January 31, 2017.

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