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Symposium When the Guitar Electrifies!

deadline January 15, 2016
When Jun 23, 2016 12:40 AM to
Jun 24, 2016 12:40 AM
Where Philharmonie de Paris - France
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"Instrument of Desire" – to quote American musicologist Steve Waksman – the electric guitar is one
of the most important musical inventions of the twentieth century. As a symbol of modernity
throughout the fifties, this king of rock ’n’ roll and blues, the amplified guitar, has gathered music
lovers and musicians around its practices and compositional procedures.
This instrument has since conquered the world and it has found diversified musical identities,
beyond geographical and cultural borders. It has also reached the status of an icon, while
accompanying deep mutations, some of which outside of any artistic framework.
The electric guitar is of interest to a number of communities (instrument builders, guitar players,
collectors, researchers, composers, performers). Through complementary perspectives, these, in
turn, enrich the knowledge and understanding of an instrument which is unavoidably complex.
The symposium will give the opportunity to present these various approaches through two
interdisciplinary days. The main research themes are:
Instrument making
· Characteristics (manufacture, mechanical and acoustical properties)
· Amplification, pickups, sound processing (effects) and other extensions
· Innovations and technology
· Market
· Collections
· Preservation, restoration

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