Thursday, April 9, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk
The Art of the Album in the Digital World
I'm looking forward to an afternooon moderating this panel:
Ally-Jane Grossan, editor of Bloomsbury’s famous (and infamous) 33 1/3 series and Cameron Schaefer of the new record-of-the-month-club Vinyl Me, Please, lead a discussion on the critique and reception of music in the digital world. What does it mean as both music and its discourse move from very physical spaces (the album, the print publication) to virtual ones (Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Pitchfork)? What’s behind the renewed interest in vinyl records and print reviews, including the popular series that Grossan leads? Join us for a discussion on how music-listening has changed in the digital age, about the album-as-art-form, about the difference in listening mediums, and about how criticism has had to adapt to follow suit. Tara Murtha, a Philadelphia-based, award-winning journalist, will moderate. Murtha also authored the 33 1/3 edition on Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe and teaches journalism at Temple.
We'll talk about the history of the album as physical object and length, the 33 1/3 series, and hopefully I'll get to urge someone, anyone, to write a volume exploring Peggy Lee's Hot Coffee.