The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
Artwork by Alex Nero; Design by The Art Dictator
Friday, April 23 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Staying Flux-ible: Artists Adapting to Change (Room B: Oscillator)

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Staying Flux-ible: Artists Adapting to Change (Room B: Oscillator)

Life is on hold: everything is changing. Artists have always drawn from their life in their work, and now Laura Jane Grace suggests how an emerging sonic transfeminine can challenge gendered and genre myths. Now, too, technology is rewriting seemingly finished work. The internet has shaped this threshold moment, and Tiktok users become co-creators, revising work and forgrounding vernacular contributions. Lurking over everything is the growing presence of AI, as musicians turn their vision to the machine-made. Nothing remains static: music is changing.

The paper order will be: Ashton, Murtishaw, St. Asaph, and Harper. 

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Hilarie Ashton

Hilarie Ashton is a writer, academic, cultural critic, and editor. Her work unearths and re-contextualizes transgressive moments of cultural expression in music, tv, and film across and against oppressive currents of power. She has published her academic work in a variety of journals... Read More →
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Katherine Morayati

Roboptimism: The Musicians Building On, Meming On, and Clawing Back the AI RevolutionEvery new technology is immediately followed by old anxieties – such as, in music, concerns about “fake musicians” (i.e., library music by another name) and AI usurping songwriters. But artists... Read More →
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Charlotte Murtishaw

"Truth Hurts": Lizzo, copyright law, and reckoning with digital serfdomIn 2019, shortly after pop star/rapper Lizzo’s single “Truth Hurts” went viral, two industry producers filed a plagiarism suit focused on the song’s most memeable quip: “Just took a DNA test / I’m 100... Read More →

Paula Clare Harper

Ratatousical and the Unintuitive Unintuitiveness of TikTok Musical ProductionOn the microvideo platform TikTok, music and sound are central to its noisy viral circuitry; videos are linked through use of shared audio, and the microsoundtrack thus functions as portal to potentially-viral... Read More →

Friday April 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room B: Oscillator