We are pleased to announce the launch of Volume 4, Issue 1 of Riffs! This issue is guest edited by Edmund Hunt (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) and is the first of two issues which consider the relationship between music and technology.
’Technology is something I love and hate at the same time. One one hand the absence of any kind of technology means silence (or an environment of natural sounds which we hear much clearer because of the general silence); on the other hand, you need technology to make art’.
Christina Kubisch, ‘Artists’ Statements II: Christina Kubisch’, in The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music, ed. by Nick Collins and Julio d’Escriván, 2nd edn (Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 2017:176)
With thanks to all those who contributed to this issue of Riffs, particularly during strange and difficult times. As ever, the editorial team have loved working with you and we are so excited to see the final product. For the first time, this issue is one of two on the same topic, and we look forward to working with Edmund Hunt as our Guest Editor and to continuing with our theme of music and technology later this year. Until then, please explore the newest issue of Riffs!
Riffs in 2021 will be taking a slightly different approach and focusing on particular forms of critically considering issues within popular music. We will be releasing two Calls for Contributions over the next couple of weeks: keep your eye on our socials!