After posting my writeup about giving a paperless presentation, I'm seeing all sorts of follow-up everywhere. Which is how many of these things work.
One thing about my presentation in Belgium that I've separated off, mainly due to it being only of interest to nerds, was that I did it entirely paperlessly. Unless, of course, you include the sizable copse that was felled in the process of writing the thesis that the paper was based on.
Two years ago I made my senior circuit debut as a musicologist at the 2nd International Conference on Music and Minimalism in Kansas City. I really can't imagine a better place for me to have done that, since it was perhaps the only moment possible where major scholars would have tolerated a rigorous pitch analysis of a work that they not only had never heard but was titled Crazy Nigger.
Well, this is closer than last year anyway. And it's always good to improve, right?
Last weekend was the university's annual Jakobsen Conference, wherein all the graduate students get together to play house conference and have a bang-up interdisciplinary time. Maybe it was due to having significantly fewer nerves than last year, but it didn't seem nearly as well attended. This could have been due to the conference not really starting until after lunch, with the morning taken up by the undergraduate research festivus.
I knew better than to even pretend that I was going to liveblog the AMS conference. You end up talking to people until 1 or 2 and there are papers you want to see at nine in the morning, a couple days of that and all you want when you get back to the hotel is quick and merciful sleep.
So much for my attempt at a La Monte Young/Terry Riley kind of title. The Second International Conference on Minimalist Music is almost a week into the past now, but that means I'm beginning to have a bit broader view of the proceedings. There are all sort of fiddly, bitchy things that I wish I would have done different (I likely could have gotten hours of tape about Julius Eastman) but the conference was everything I was hoping for and more. In my preparations for the event I at time was feeling like I had "maxed out" the academic literature on minimalism.
This last period of radio silence has been filled with all sort of interesting foibles which will hopefully make for some good writing.
The most pressing of these foibles is that I am presenting my paper "A Postminimal Analysis of Julius Eastman's Crazy N***er" at the 2nd International Conference on Music and Minimalism at UMKC this Thursday at 5.
I wasn't originally planning on doing a post-op of my maiden AMS experience, consider I thought that the general populace would find it boring as shit. However, an entire meme has passed me by with nary a tag and thus I realize that I should chop-chop on the posty-posty. Henceforth, what I learned on my "vacation" to Nashville.
1) I went to way more papers than other people.
I really should just write this apology post and link to it everytime since it's always the same reasons, but it's such a classic of the medium.