If you want to get your music journalism geek on this is the event for you. The EMP Pop Conference 2016 will be held at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington, April 14-17, 2016.

The Pop Conference is free and open to the public. Registration opens March 4, 2016.


The EMP Pop Conference returns with its biggest roster of presentations yet, looking at the ways music lets us hear voices: singers, to be sure, whether virtuosos or idiosyncratic originals, but also other types of vocalizing. How do instrumentalists insert their selves into their music? When the dominant voices in our songs change, what changes with that, from personal identity to collective messages? A switch in voice—from croon to rasp to rap to Auto-Tune—alters everything it reaches.

In dozens of panels, all free to the public (though we strongly recommend advance registration), we’ll explore musical voices across genre and time period: soul singers and rock singers, singers of exotica and Mexi-Cajun blues. Panels on goth-punk wailer Siouxsie Sioux, warbling rapper Future, and pop-rock duo Hall & Oates. Synthetic “vocaloids” and challenges to female decorum. Singing across lines of color. Good bad singing and bad good singing. Vocal coaching. Southern accents.

Support for the conference is provided by the University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences, on behalf of the Department of American Studies.

EMP Pop Conference 2014

We hear a lot about The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “The” museum for music in the United States. Last week was the 2014 Induction Ceremony at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY.

However my favorite American music museum is the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington. I have been a member since 2009. We have visited EMP twice in our travels.

It’s unfortunate that our 2014 vacation plans don’t include Seattle this year. I would loved to have attended the EMP Pop Conference.

I attended the Pop Conference in New York City the past two years. The EMP Pop Conference moved back to the Seattle EMP Museum this year.

APRIL 24–27, 2014

We turn to music to put the world in motion. From communication by talking drum to sounds streamed off mobile phones, music has accompanied the movement of people, alleviated work, and pulsated leisure. This year’s EMP Pop Conference, back in Seattle after three years roaming, offers more than 100 presentations exploring the subject of music and mobility.

I find the schedule for the EMP Pop Conference 2014 more esoteric than ever. The session that interests me the most is:

Reflections on Mobile Music Studies Roundtable

The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies(2014) is a two-volume publication featuring almost fifty scholars that consolidates a new research subfield. This roundtable includes the Handbook’s editors and additional contributors, with presentations analyzing the field itself and examples such as mobile music marketing in Brazil, iPod/iPhone DJing, online radio in the US versus Japan, and the automotive aesthetics of “G-Funk” recordings.

Sumanth Gopinath

Justin Williams
Jason Stanyek
Kariann Goldschmitt
Christina Zanfagna
Noriko Manabe

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