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Tuesday, November 16 • 18:30 - 19:20
(Replay) Cultural Bias in Music Technology

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Please note that the recordings on Zoom are Dual Mono and not Stereo - some pre-recorded sessions have been uploaded to YouTube to preserve the independent dual channel audio, but some sessions may still be affected.

There is no such thing as neutral technology. What DAWs, synthesisers, virtual instruments, audio effects plugins, notation programs, even AI- and machine learning models have in common is that they are almost all exclusively based on western music theory, concepts and perspectives.

Cultural bias inscribed in technology mirrors the bias that runs through Western music theory, which to this day has not yet succeeded to address and dismantle its non-neutrality and the colonial framework that informed many of its canonical 19th century works.

Things could be different. Technologies could equally be applied to embrace all musical cultures, yet these possibilities are rarely implemented, and when so, then mostly to mere symbolic effect.

This presentation will focus on the possibilities for transcultural music technologies by asking: Which structural and technological changes are necessary to allow for more liberated, creative, and culturally balanced processes of music-making? How can we focus on the relational character of all creative processes and their value to us, and emphasise the unique ways creativity connects and responds to our times and contexts?


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Khyam Allami

Khyam Allami is an Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, researcher and founder of Nawa Recordings. He holds a BA and Masters in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London, and is currently completing an AHRC/M4C funded PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham... Read More →

Tuesday November 16, 2021 18:30 - 19:20 GMT
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