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from June 28, 2023 until June 30, 2023
Orpheus Instituut

Registration - Vintage Materialities in Music 2023

Eventfrom June 28, 2023 until June 30, 2023

Vintage Materialities in Music (28–30 June 2023, Orpheus Instituut) is a three-day international conference organised by LUCA School of Arts, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, and Orpheus Instituut and taking place at Orpheus Instituut. The conference aims to generate a critical discourse around a transferable topic (fashion, furniture, cars, …) through relevant case studies. Artists-scholars engaging with one or more of the questions outlined below are invited to propose 30-minute lecture-recitals or 20-minute conference papers.

Topic Schedule & Abstracts Registration


Once a term from winemaking and a synonym of high quality, now a standard epithet of any object that is sought after on account of its rarity, unicity, or antiquity, ‘vintage’ has sparked (sub)cultures, industries, and communities. In music, vintage refers mostly to instruments or apparatuses that, after a period of obsolescence, are being rediscovered, revalued, reproduced, or revamped—electric guitars, effects pedals, analogue synthesisers, drum machines, amplifiers, recording equipment, sound carriers, etc. The scope, appeal, and user groups of vintage gear are becoming wider by the day. Aesthetically speaking, vintage materialities are defining the sound and look of multiple styles of music, just as harpsichords, gut-stringed violins, and valveless trumpets are characterising ‘early music.’ However, vintage materialities in music transcend issues of historically informed performance, and they confront artists and scholars with unanswered questions:

  • On what grounds can obsolete technologies for music production and performance become desirable again in an era of high-tech, across different genres, and in both the professional and amateur spheres?
  • In what ways do vintage materialities and their technical affordances mediate or challenge present-day creative and performative practices?
  • How do vintage materialities respond to cultures, discourses, politics, and economies of, among others, retro style, nostalgia, afro- and retrofuturism, and lo-fi?

Schedule & Abstracts

Registration (closed)

Registration is required via this link: registration form. You will be notified upon acceptance.

Registration fee: € 50 (incl. lunches and coffee breaks) / € 25 (students, incl. PhD students) / € 0 (students and researchers affiliated to Orpheus Instituut, KCB, LUCA School of Arts, and/or docARTES)

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