Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism: Research and Challenges to the Orthodoxies of Sound Arts

The previously anecdotal lack of a broad engagement by women in sound art and music technology in the UK has been confirmed by the statistical evidence and analysis undertaken by the MusDig project. Initiatives designed to widen participation through access to production resources, both inside and outside formal education, have proved to be qualitatively important but quantatively ineffective, with the figures for women’s participation hovering stubbornly around the same percentages. In order for the situation to improve, I argue that there needs to be a seismic cultural shift in the critical and contextual frameworks that surround sound art, contemporary music and music technology, one that will challenge existing orthodoxies and enable a wider range of diversity and of practices to be encompassed within the sounding arts.

 

Read the full paper online: www.tandfonline.com/eprint/56Z5NHW3Y22Crt8hrPI8/full

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