06 May J-Rap, AKB48, and Miku: Japan’s Musical Creativity in an Age of Free
Ian Condry (Japanese Culture and Media Studies, MIT)
Wednesday May 6, 2015 /4:00 PM
Now that recorded music is always available for free, what are the possible futures for musicians and fans? This talk will explore recent developments in Japan, including the resurgence of Japanese hip-hop, idol groups like AKB48, and a virtual idol, or “vocaloid,” by the name of Hatsune Miku. Each case highlights different dynamics in the restructuring of business and creativity, and fan and musician interaction. I argue that music offers lessons for rethinking capitalism and democracy in the 21st century.
Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist and Professor and Head of Global Studies and Langages at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of two books, Hip-Hop Japan (2008) and The Soul of Anime (2013). His new research lab is the Creative Communities Initiative which uses ethnography to explore the connections between online and offline worlds, and their potential to offer new solutions to old problems.
For more information please visit: http://ccimit.mit.edu
Sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music and the IHC’s Reinventing Japan RFG.