New musicology blog!

Phil Ford

There’s a new musicology blog — a group blog of two Harvard grad students. Dial A for musicology, ladies and gentlemen, it’s amusicology! There are a few posts up now, and already it looks great.

We need more stuff like this. I challenge you, fellow musicologists: start a blog. Get a Typepad account* and start throwing it out there. And tell me about it, please. I only find out about new musicology blogs by accident, or if they link to us and I see them on our traffic counter. If you have a blog, send me an email at phord at mail dot utexas dot edu (for a couple more months anyway), or leave a comment on this post.

I feel I ought to try to explain the slightly random link categories on the left-hand side of this page. The top category is “music academics,” the second “more music.” Why is Jeremy Denk (who used to be in a piano lit class with me at IU — hey Jeremy, good lookin’) in “more music” instead of “music academics”? I dunno. Like all categorical systems, it’s ultimately a little arbitrary. Most of the blogs in the “more music” category are A-listers who don’t really need the help. The folks in “music academics” are theorists, musicologists, performers, ethnomusicologists, and composers who either (a) work in academia, or (b) are in graduate school, or (c) mention JAMS somewhere, or (d) are intriguingly esoteric.

There are a couple of musico-academico blogs I’ve deleted from the links recently, because they don’t appear to be updating. Different blogs have different philosophies about what to do about dormant links. Some keep the links but list their names like this, which I think looks unfriendly. Or they keep the dead links until the end of time, but that clogs up the blogroll with deadwood. I delink if a blog hasn’t updated in two months. If I’ve delinked a blog that has since revived, let me know. These things happen.

* or whatever — I use Typepad because it’s insanely easy, but for all I know there’s something even better out there

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6 Responses to New musicology blog!

  1. Unfortunately, amusicology doesn’t seem to have RSS set up. I read all of my blogs via Bloglines, it’s too hard to keep up with all of them otherwise. I should go through and weed my own blogroll.

  2. Drew Massey says:

    Dear Phil,
    Thanks for picking up our site! We look forward to having some more entries coming up soon, looking at both the discipline as a whole and some specific topics that corresponding members are writing. As for Scott’s point, well taken. We’ve added an RSS and RSS2 feed for all of your syndication needs:
    Thanks for reading,
    Drew Massey
    ( moderator)

  3. Excellent! Thanks, Drew.

  4. As someone who’s been de-linked, I’d say your policy is fair. When/If ‘I Am Sitting in a Room’ wakes back up, I’ll let you know.

  5. Phil Ford says:

    Great stuff so far, Drew. Very, very happy to have a new group musicology blog in the ‘sphere.
    Jason! Gotta get back in the game, man! Or not. It’s busy, I know. I keep feeling as if this blog is sucking my brains out of my skull, and every now and then I think, screw it, I should stop this. But then I get an idea I want to write down, and I know it wouldn’t get written down if I didn’t have an outlet for it. Blogging doesn’t make me more productive, and it doesn’t make me less productive. You become . . . differently productive. There are benefits to blogging, but they’re not always obvious.

  6. Terry O'Gara says:

    Not strictly a musicology blog, more on the general topic of sound, some of your readers may also enjoy CRITICAL NOISE. About once a month I try to publish a think-piece on a sound related topic, as it relates to commercial audio production. For instance, a recent four-part series titled MUSIC DESIGNER 2015 examines similarities between modern music creation and the graphic design process.

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