Museum of Portable Sound

Museum of Portable Sound The Museum of Portable Sound brings the culture of sound to the world, one listener at a time.
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The Museum of Portable Sound is a portable museum dedicated to portable sound, initially based in London, UK. Its permanent collection is augmented with an ongoing series of rotating exhibits of no longer than 10 minutes' duration. The Museum's galleries exist as playlists on the Museum Director's mobile phone. Visits to the Museum are by appointment only (or by bumping into the Museum Director on the street). Visitors are asked to provide their own earbuds/headphones for accessing the collections. Museum Director: John Kannenberg Board of Directors: Glenn Bach (Los Angeles) Carmen Billows (London) Kate Carr (Belfast) Jono Gilmurray (Bristol) Mike Hallenbeck (Minneapolis) Cheryl Tipp (London) Lydie Valentin (Paris) Philip von Zweck (Chicago)

Mission: The Museum of Portable Sound is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of cultural artifacts related to the history of sound. With a specific focus on portability, digital initiatives, and community engagement, we bring the culture of sound to the public one listener at a time.

19/07/2020
The Finest Bird Song of 1890

It's a lazy Sunday, so sit back, relax, and enjoy watching this 130 year-old (and still functioning) Paris-manufactured bird sound automaton.

http://thehouseofautomata.com A mechanical singing bird mechanism. Made around 120 years ago in Paris, probably by Bontems. In the film I hope you can identi...

The advent of the MP3 marked the end of a decades-long legal détente between The Beatles' Apple Records & @Apple Compute...
19/07/2020

The advent of the MP3 marked the end of a decades-long legal détente between The Beatles' Apple Records & @Apple Computer Inc, setting the stage for round 2 of the Apple v Apple battle royale.

Who won? Find out in [email protected], our FREE online exhibition: museumofportableosund.com/mp3

#happybirthdayMP3 #MP3at25 #mp3 #thebeatles #stevejobs #apple #applerecords #applecomputer #mortalkombat #readyfight #applevsapple #lawsuit #trademark #ipod #musicbusiness #onlineexhibition #museum #museumofportablesound #portablesound #cultureofsound

Perhaps it was a bit too windy this afternoon out in the Museum of Portable Sound Gardens for our Acquisitions Team to c...
18/07/2020

Perhaps it was a bit too windy this afternoon out in the Museum of Portable Sound Gardens for our Acquisitions Team to conduct some outdoor tests of their new equipment - an @Olympus LS-P4 handheld digital audio recorder and custom Gutmann windscreen. We’ll see what the Chief Curator thinks of the results. #lsp4 #digitalaudio #audiorecording #fieldrecording #wind #gutmann #testing #testingtesting #check #check12 #acquisitions #museumworkers #museumstaff #windy #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic @ Museum of Portable Sound

"Charlie the Tuna" transistor radio (1970)#portablesound #transistor #radio #starkist #tuna #tunein #charliethetuna #70s...
18/07/2020

"Charlie the Tuna" transistor radio (1970)

#portablesound #transistor #radio #starkist #tuna #tunein #charliethetuna #70s #transistorradio #fish #chickenofthesea #jessicasimpson #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic

The Museum is open! We've had another contestant visit our 2020 Summer Blockbuster Exhibition, The 5 Most Annoying Sound...
18/07/2020

The Museum is open! We've had another contestant visit our 2020 Summer Blockbuster Exhibition, The 5 Most Annoying Sounds In The World. Did she #SurviveAllFive? Let's check the replay! Ready? Set? GO!!! START LISTENING!

17/07/2020
Celebrate Compressed Digital Audio With Us!

[email protected] is our new FREE online exhibition celebrating a quarter century of compressed digital audio. So of course we had to make a commercial for it based on the original iPod ‘silhouettes’ advert.😉Enter the exhibition NOW at museumofportablesound.com/mp3!

#happybirthdaymp3 #mp3at25 #mp3 #mp3waxx #mp3player #ipod #apple #parody #iconic #silhouettes #chiatday #advertising #marketing #digitalaudio #compression #codec #history #cultureofsound

Discover the hidden history of the #MP3 – the codec that changed the world – and celebrate a quarter century of compress...
17/07/2020

Discover the hidden history of the #MP3 – the codec that changed the world – and celebrate a quarter century of compressed digital audio in our FREE online exhibition!

Visit now: museumofportablesound.com/mp3/

#happybirthdayMP3 #MP3at25 #ipod #Apple #cultureofsound #onlineexhibition #mpman #walkman #digitalmusic #digitalaudio #compression #codec #mpeg #walkmaneffect #sound #portablesound #soundbeyondmusic #linkinbio #linkinbio👆

Old media formats never die, they just fade away.Celebrate a quarter century of compressed digital audio – visit MP3@25,...
16/07/2020

Old media formats never die, they just fade away.

Celebrate a quarter century of compressed digital audio – visit [email protected], our new FREE online exhibition:
👇👇👇
museumofportablesound.com/mp3

#happybirthdayMP3 #MP3at25 #mp3 #headstone #napster #roses #itoldyouiwassick #gravestone #tombstone #cemetery #deadmedia #oldmedia #25years #quartercentury #onlineexhibition #anniversary #compressedaudio #digitalaudio #lossy #compression #cultureofsound

'Yes we DO, dad – geez, lay off, willya?'Arrange your own Online Experience at the Museum of Portable Sound today. We pu...
15/07/2020

'Yes we DO, dad – geez, lay off, willya?'

Arrange your own Online Experience at the Museum of Portable Sound today. We put sound in a whole new light.

Book here: museumofportablesound.com/online

#museology #SeanConnery #MuseumFromHome #museum #Sound #HarrisonFord #shotgunmic #headphones #nagra #reeltoreel #shhh #museum #museums #listening #recording #onlinemuseum #museumofportablesound #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic

15/07/2020
Life In Lockdown with the Museum of Portable Sound

As part of London's Museums Showoff event last night, we premiered this new video about how we've changed our museum's approach in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here it is, along with an end credits sequence that didn't make the final event's cut.

How has our institution changed our approach since the advent of Covid-19? Originally produced for Museums Showoff London July 2020, watch as we discuss the ...

'When you're pirating MP3s, you're downloading Communism!'We explore the complicated life of the MP3 in our new FREE onl...
14/07/2020
[email protected]: The Anniversary Exhibition

'When you're pirating MP3s, you're downloading Communism!'

We explore the complicated life of the MP3 in our new FREE online exhibition, '[email protected]" – visit now:

What is an MP3? What is the history of the MP3? What is the legacy of the MP3? This free online exhibition explores how a file type can change the world, and celebrates a quarter century of compres…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MP3!NOW OPEN: The MP3 turns 25 years old today, and our new FREE Online Exhibition commemorating a quarte...
14/07/2020
[email protected]: The Anniversary Exhibition

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MP3!

NOW OPEN:
The MP3 turns 25 years old today, and our new FREE Online Exhibition commemorating a quarter century of compressed digital audio, '[email protected]', is now LIVE!

Enter the exhibition:
https://museumofportablesound.com/mp3/

What is an MP3? What is the history of the MP3? What is the legacy of the MP3? This free online exhibition explores how a file type can change the world, and celebrates a quarter century of compres…

14/07/2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MP3!

NOW OPEN:
The MP3 turns 25 years old today, and our new FREE Online Exhibition commemorating a quarter century of compressed digital audio, '[email protected]', is now LIVE!

Enter the exhibition:

👉👉https://museumofportablesound.com/mp3/

#happybirthdayMP3 #MP3at25 #MP3 #digitalaudio

Happy birthday, MP3! In honour of the occasion, our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg was interviewed about the...
14/07/2020
The Revolution Will Be Digitised: 25 Years Of The MP3 - Attack Magazine

Happy birthday, MP3! In honour of the occasion, our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg was interviewed about the history and legacy of the MP3 by Attack Magazine, who published the interview this morning.

Today is the 25th birthday of the MP3. We talk to artist and curator Dr. John Kannenberg about its impact and legacy.

TOMORROW! We'll be unveiling 'MP3@25', our FREE Online Exhibition celebrating a quarter century of compressed digital au...
13/07/2020

TOMORROW! We'll be unveiling '[email protected]', our FREE Online Exhibition celebrating a quarter century of compressed digital audio, before you know it! Make sure to check in with us tomorrow... #mp3 #mp3at25 #happybirthdaymp3 #napster #metallica #DrDre #boxing #lawsuit #onlineexhibition #filesharing #mp3isnotacrime #suzannevega #motherofthemp3 #shawnfanning #seanparker #larsulrich #beatsbydre #controversy #copyright #piracy #anniversary #onlinemuseum #portablesound #museumofportablesound #cultureofsound

The Museum is open! Our first visitors from the @newlondonlittletheatre in New London, Minnesota took our Collection Hig...
12/07/2020

The Museum is open! Our first visitors from the @newlondonlittletheatre in New London, Minnesota took our Collection Highlights tour today – book your Little Theatre #ArtByAppointment MOPS Experience at newlondonlittletheatre.org! #newlondon #newlondonlittletheatre #museumofportablesound #onlinemuseum #personaltour #videochat #sound #listening #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic

Whatever your politics, be ready to join us THIS TUESDAY 14 July for the grand opening of our FREE Online Exhibition 'MP...
12/07/2020

Whatever your politics, be ready to join us THIS TUESDAY 14 July for the grand opening of our FREE Online Exhibition 'MP3 @ 25', celebrating a quarter century of compressed digital audio!

#happybirthdayMP3

NOW OPEN IN THE US!We're taking bookings for private tours of the new Museum of Portable Sound Experience in New London ...
12/07/2020

NOW OPEN IN THE US!
We're taking bookings for private tours of the new Museum of Portable Sound Experience in New London Little Theatre's Art By Appointment festival in New London, Minnesota!

BOOK NOW to beat the crowds (of one or two):
👉 newlondonlittletheatre.org!

COMING TUESDAY! Our new FREE online exhibition 'MP3 @ 25' will launch on the 25th anniversary of the MP3 – and now we ca...
11/07/2020

COMING TUESDAY! Our new FREE online exhibition 'MP3 @ 25' will launch on the 25th anniversary of the MP3 – and now we can reveal the 6 parts of the exhibition!

Part 1: TOM'S DINER
One woman. One song. One file format. One story. This sound and video display explores the complicated relationship between #SuzanneVega and the #MP3. Features work by composer @RyanMaguire and a new MP3 piece by the Museum of Portable Sound!

Part 2: NAPSTER, METALLICA & BRUCE WILLIS
A battle of wills, and a battle about a will – or was it? A discussion of the backlash against the MP3.

Part 3: iMP3
With the music industry on the ropes, Apple swoops in to save the day...or did they?

Part 4: MP3 AT THE MOVIES
How did the MP3 infiltrate pop culture?

Part 5: LEGACY & TIMELINE
What were the key milestones in MP3 history?
What was the MP3's ultimate legacy?

Part 6: GIFT SHOP
Get your hands on some awesome MP3 swag and relive the magic of 1995!

All launching TUESDAY 14 JULY on museumofportablesound.com!

#MP3 #happybirthdaymp3 #MP3at25 #museum #exhibition #onlineexhibition #iTunes #iPod #AThousandSongsInYourPocket #napster #metallica #larsulrich #brucewillis #riaa #eff #mp3isnotacrime #stevejobs #ipod #itunes #winamp #suzannevega #ryanmaguire #babydriver #streamingmusic #socks #totebag #tshirt #mp3player #cultureofsound @ Museum of Portable Sound

What a difference a decade makes! On the left is our Acquisitions Team’s (formerly) trusty LS-10 digital audio recorder,...
11/07/2020

What a difference a decade makes! On the left is our Acquisitions Team’s (formerly) trusty LS-10 digital audio recorder, which was used by staff to collect the vast majority of sounds in our Permanent Collection Galleries.

In the middle is the LS-P4 which arrived today here at Museum of Portable Sound Laboratories to take the place of the LS-10.

And on the right: a single AA battery, for scale (2of which were needed to power the LS-10; the LS-P4 runs on a single AAA, w/a rechargeable one included).

We’re eagerly looking forward to hearing from our Acquisitions staff once they have tested the LS-P4, and we’ll make sure to share their observations with you!

#digitalaudio #digitalaudiorecorder #recording #soundrecording #fieldrecording #acquisitions #museumstaff #tools #sizemattersnot #olympus #olympusls10 #olympuslsp4 #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic

#TheStruggleWasReal
11/07/2020

#TheStruggleWasReal

Who hasn’t had to deal with this before ?

Combining the Pop Art sensibilities of Roy Lichtenstein with the colour scheme of the original Napster logo, our latest ...
10/07/2020

Combining the Pop Art sensibilities of Roy Lichtenstein with the colour scheme of the original Napster logo, our latest original design signifies the incredible impact the MP3 file had on popular culture when it originally burst onto the music scene in 1995!

You can get it on canvas bags, mugs, fine art prints, clocks, miniskirts, t-shirts, and MORE - https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/52158374👈

Grab yours just in time for the 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MP3 this coming Tuesday, 14 July – when we will open our first ever FREE ONLINE EXHIBITION, '[email protected]' which will celebrate a quarter century of compressed digital audio!

#mp3 #mp3ster #napster #popart #lichtenstein #roylichtenstein #shawnfanning #mp3files #freemp3 #download #downloadmusic #riaa #mp3isnotacrime #metallica #metallicavsnapster #cultureofsound #audio #digitalaudio #happybirthdaymp3 #mp3at25

Got weekend plans? Why not visit a museum with a group of friends – from anywhere in the world?Book your Online Visit to...
10/07/2020

Got weekend plans? Why not visit a museum with a group of friends – from anywhere in the world?

Book your Online Visit to the Museum of Portable Sound today at museumofportablesound.com/online!

#Museums #MuseumFromHome #AloneTogether #weekend #weekendvibes #friends #museumvisit #museumvisits #grouptour #grouptours #museumofportablesound #headphones #videochat #videochatting #fun #goingout #stayingin #culture #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic

We’re pleased to report the safe return of our WM-AF54 Sports Walkman after its brief sojourn to a London film studio th...
10/07/2020

We’re pleased to report the safe return of our WM-AF54 Sports Walkman after its brief sojourn to a London film studio this week, where it was filmed in use for an upcoming documentary about the popularity of the Sony Walkman. We don’t just loan our Physical Objects, we also manage loans of the sounds in our Permanent Collection - get in touch for details. #walkman #sonywalkman #sportswalkman #yellow #yellowwalkman #sony #objectloan #objectloans #cassette #cassetteculture #documentary #filmmaking #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic

The iNostalgia Tee. Get one today at museumofportablesound.com/giftshop 👚👕 #fashion #nostalgia #iLife #ipod #clickwheel ...
10/07/2020

The iNostalgia Tee. Get one today at museumofportablesound.com/giftshop 👚👕 #fashion #nostalgia #iLife #ipod #clickwheel #interface #interfacedesign #portablesound #tshirt #sound #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic

According to @mediamuseum : 'In 1969, young elephants had just arrived at soon-to-open Windsor Safari Park [in Berkshire...
10/07/2020

According to @mediamuseum : 'In 1969, young elephants had just arrived at soon-to-open Windsor Safari Park [in Berkshire, UK]. They were so upset by the sound of jet aircraft overhead that they stampeded...so keepers fitted them with ear muffs to calm them down.' It is not known whether this strategy worked or not.

Considering that elephants don't just hear through their ears but also through the bottoms of their feet, chances are it did not. #elephant #elephants #earplugs #earmuffs #windsorsafaripark #berkshire #ears #stampede #history #stress #captivity #zoo #cultureofsound #soundbeyondmusic @ Windsor, Berkshire

Yesterday was the official press launch for our appearance at the Art By Appointment festival at the New London Little T...
09/07/2020

Yesterday was the official press launch for our appearance at the Art By Appointment festival at the New London Little Theatre in Minnesota, US – and our Director was given a guided tour through the stage set for our upcoming performances by Little Theatre Director Bethany Lacktorin. It looks amazing!

Yesterday was the official press launch for our appearance at the Art By Appointment festival at the New London Little Theatre in Minnesota, US – and our Director was given a guided tour through the stage set for our upcoming performances by Little Theatre Director Bethany Lacktorin. It looks amazing!

07/07/2020
Making the Custom Microphones for Hamilton!

Making the Custom Microphones for Hamilton!

We continue our tour backstage at the San Francisco touring production of Hamilton with a visit to the audio room, where assistant audio engineer Adrianna Br...

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The Museum of Portable Sound, a nonprofit institution supported by donation only, was founded in 2015 in London as a portable museum dedicated to bringing the culture of sound to the world, one listener at a time. Its permanent collection is augmented with an ongoing series of rotating exhibits of no longer than 15 minutes' duration. The Museum's galleries exist solely as a series of digital audio files on the Museum Director's mobile phone. Visits to the Museum are by appointment only (or by bumping into the Museum Director on the street). Visitors are asked to provide their own wired, non-Bluetooth earbuds/headphones for health and safety purposes. Museum Director: John Kannenberg Board of Directors: Glenn Bach (Los Angeles) Carmen Billows (Berlin) Kate Carr (London) Daniel Curley (Saratoga Springs) Jono Gilmurray (Bristol) Mike Hallenbeck (Minneapolis) Annie Jamieson (Bradford) Khaled Kaddal (Alexandria) Meri Kytö (Tampere) CJ Mitchell (Faversham) Kwame Phillips (Rome) Matthew Sansom (Kuala Lumpur) Cheryl Tipp (London) Paul Tourle (Glasgow) Lydie Valentin (Paris) S. Alana Wolf Johnson (Rochester) Philip von Zweck (Chicago)

Please note: The Museum of Portable Sound is not a record label, nor a crowd-sourced sound map or archive. It does not accept unsolicited submissions of sound recordings.

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Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, showing off her shiny new Sony TCS-300 Stereo Cassette-Corder. Photo by Roger Ressmeyer (1971)
Hand-cranked Norwegian foghorn.
Nice "vintage" Sony ad introducing the CD-3.
Got any emergency services sirens in the collection? Interesting to see how they have changed. Instantly evocative of another place or era.
found in the closet of my wife’s well preserved 1980s childhood bedroom. Vintage and fully operational Sony Sports Walkman FM/AM (Model WM-AF59) in its original packaging.
Via At The Controls
Cultural Imperialism and the New ‘Yellow Peril’ in Western Classical Music Study Day, June 10 2019, 10 – 4 pm, 11 Bedford Square WC1B 3RF, Royal Holloway University of London Organisers: Maiko Kawabata (Royal College of Music), Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway, University, of London) The myth of Western classical music as an international language has elevated its false claims to universality. This music has been troped through the past 200 years as the cultural doxa (Kingsbury 1988, Nettl 1996, Nooshin 2013) in spite or because of its hidden and deeply embedded histories of cultural imperialism and racial oppression. By this we refer to deeper structural oppressions brought about by imperialist campaigns and colonisations via pianos, not only guns, which came as the final ratification of their hegemony. Among the traces of this history are everyday examples of casual and institutional racism found in, for example, the micro-aggressive exclusion of and casual racism towards non-white staff and non-white students at UK and European music institutions - university music departments, conservatoires, competitions, and orchestras (membership, boards and management). While phenomena above have long been discussed in the field of ethnomusicology over several decades, they still remain openly unacknowledged in the actual practising of Western Classical Music around the world today. However, as global politics shift with the (imagined) politico-economic rise of East Asia (particularly, China) as a global cultural player, such oppressions are beginning to be re-understood in fresh light. We seek to call out again, and unpack some of these structural inequalities in the Western classical music industry at large by focussing on hitherto undocumented examples of racism against East Asian musicians (‘Yellow Peril’) in the UK and Europe. The prejudice that such musicians excel technically but not musically has coalesced most visibly into stereotypes of the robot/automaton or exotic sex toys in the case of some females (Scharff 2017, Tan 2013, Yang 2014, Yoshihara 2007, Kawabata 2004). That this is happening in a climate of heavy recruitment of students from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore - countries which provide considerable revenue streams – lends urgency to its exposure. Students from these countries also bring with them the image of the ‘model minority’ who are perceived as non-threatening, disciplined, hard-working, and respectful of elders, derived from (variously) Confucianism, rote-memorisation, teacher-emulation, ‘Tiger Moms’, the Suzuki method, the colonialist reach of ABRSM, etc. (Chua 2011, Kok 2006, Tan 2013). While we propose to focus on East Asian transnationalisms in Europe and the UK, the positioning of East Asian musicians and music researchers in an intersectional context (various BME communities, gender, class, in interaction with Asian-American debates) is another complex issue of interest. In the zeitgeist of #MeToo and emerging perspectives on decolonisation, it is timely to pose the following questions: 1. What is the new ‘Yellow Peril’ in Western Classical Music? As per our introduction, we interrogate the construction of musicians and musical institutions projected as originating from East Asia but practising in global Western Classical Music scenes as alternate ‘threats’ to and ‘saviours’ of an imagined ailing industry. Stereotypes of East Asian performers as non-spontaneous and didactic technicians have abounded over the past few decades, whether heard in the whisperings of conservatoire corridors or in newspaper music reviews. However, with the rise of East Asia – particularly, China as a rising economic power, and Japan as the world’s second largest music market – the mass cultural consumption of classical music has been feted as deployed to a large extent to these new growth areas outside of Europe and the United States. As new concert halls continue to open in China alongside its aggressive domestic and international cultural diplomacy campaigns, more students than ever from East Asia have begun to enroll in conservatories in Europe and the United States, joining their Asian-American or European-born counterparts. Here, unsettled re-projections begin to emerge as new cultural shifts take effect: the new cultural consumption power of East Asian musicians, while celebrated, have also drawn suspicion from self-appointed tradition bearers. What are their motivations? Will they take over aesthetic styles, interpretations, pedagogy, jobs and institutional power structures? Will they ‘go home’, or ‘stay’, or hit global superstardom? And yet, there is no single monolithic category of East Asian musicians, as intersectional hierarchies across gender, generational histories, and also across different Japanese, Korean and Chinese communities and their associated notions of musicianship and motivations compete for dominance in conversational representation. For many, the privileging of a personal career within diasporic and dislocated contexts goes beyond old-school transnational dialogues where exchanges take place in zig-zag patterns, and back and forth. Often the (elitist) approach of aspirational cosmopolitanism (Tan 2017) comes to fore where East Asian musicians see themselves as freshly arrived ‘citizens of the world’, and seek to fully embrace Yellowness-as-equally-entitled to consuming and appropriating Whiteness in artistic and musical identity in an imagined equal playing field. 2. How can one construct a truly inclusive history of Western classical music fit for the purposes of a progressive 21st -century education? In contradistinction to Locating East Asia in Western Art Music (Everett and Lau 2004) we propose: Locating Western Art Music in East Asia, and locating East Asians in Western Art Music. Following the approach of Nathan Glazer (1998) in deploying the lens of transformative multiculturalism as opposed to additive multiculturalism, we pursue this line of enquiry not simply in looking towards East Asian musicians and music consumers as an alternative/ additional voice in various conversations unfolding around the construction of Western Art Music, but in their direct impact on global structures of musical production, the (un)making of musical aesthetics and the (re)institutionalization of canons. In this respect we also look towards Koichi Iwabuchi’s (2002) theory on the recentering of globalization, and understand the contributions of East Asia and East Asian musicians from a non-othered perspective. 3. What are the ramifications for East Asians of the myth of Western classical music as a universal language? To state that Western classical music is an example of cultures of circulation seems oblivious to its inherent elitism, dependent on access to expensive instruments, training and practice-hours, and a musical language posited as singular, natural and supreme. Western music notation, and particularly functional harmony and the diatonic system, has recently come to be contested as the lingua franca of university music curricula (e.g. Harvard University). The myth of Western classical music as a universal language, and the historicisation of canonic composers as mythical supreme arbiters of creativity-at-source, has started to be exposed by such movements within Western Classical Music-centric educational institutions. While scholarship in ethnomusicology has long identified these problems, it is only in recent years that university music departments and to a much less extent, conservatories (mostly outside of the UK and Europe) have taken active steps in revising curricula and teaching practices. 4. What are the ways forward? In seeking to identify solutions to the problems described above, we seek to create a safe space for challenging conversations to happen. We take into serious consideration ethical concerns regarding differently-staked perspectives/ privileges in regard to the issues we have raised, as also issues of privacy/ anonymity, conscious and unconscious biases and fears of recrimination for speaking out. We also draw inspiration from the advances made by our colleagues in American History and in Asian American studies – since much of the laying of the groundwork has already been achieved, there is no need for us to reinvent the wheel in terms of methods. In particular, we are encouraged by Miya Masaoka’s free koto improvisations (in collaboration with George Lewis) as a form of Asian-American resistance (Wong 2004); Dorinne Kondo’s work on Asian-American theatre and what she has termed ‘counter-orientalism’, also as a mode of resistance (Kondo 1997); and Deborah Wong’s theory of ‘the Asian American body’ in jazz, hip-hop, and taiko performance (Wong 2004). Simultaneously, however, a sensitivity must be taken in recognising the distinctly different context of the UK and Europe. Because race relations in the US have long been polarised along black/white lines, or along lines of indigeneity, theorizing yellowness has always conditioned by these two polarities (see Frank Wu and others) – a condition that simply does not apply in the UK/Europe. Rather, yellowness and the ‘yellow peril’ are set against the backdrop of former empires and postcolonialism and shifts the debate to class and race or at least to considering them in intersectional interaction. We invite proposals for activism, educational reform, artistic platforms, performances, web activity, and further research to make the practice of Western classical music more inclusive. Programme The Study Day will include two round-table discussions on the above themes, a networking tea-break, and also a short performance followed by a Q & A session. More details will be updated on the event registration site below. Speakers/ performers will include: Vijay Iyer Maiko Kawabata Shzr Ee Tan Weida Wang For more information, please email [email protected] and [email protected] To sign up for the Study Day as a participant, please visit the following link and fill in your details