Postponed! IMV PhD Midway Assessment for Bjørnar Sandvik

The open midway assessment for our PhD fellow in musicology, Bjørnar Sandvik, has been postponed until late January 2021.

To comment on the candidate's work, we have invited professor Tellef Kvifte of the University of South-Eastern Norway.

Doctoral Research Fellow Bjørnar Sandvik

photo: UiO

The midway assessment is organized in two parts, and starts with a two-hour public seminar, followed by a closed meeting.

The purpose of the midway assessment is to evaluate the progress of the PhD project at a point when it is still possible to make small or more substantial changes.


10:15 - 11:00 Presentation by Bjørnar Sandvik

11:00 - 11:45 Comments by, and discussion with, Tellef Kvifte

11:45 - 12:15 Plenary discussion with the public

Following the public event, there will be a closed meeting between the candidate, invited opponent, and supervisors (12:15-13:15).


This research investigates the ways in which the composition and performance of sample- and mix-based electronic music is influenced by software and digital instruments. The vast proliferation of music that uses other recorded music or sound for its basic building block today illustrates how the possibility of sound reproduction reorients the practices of sound production. Drawing on perspectives and techniques from media theory, design, and music analysis, I will explore past and present uses of technical procedures such as sampling, editing, sequencing, and mixing, and ask how their function were constructed as such. In doing so, I highlight the ways in which software and digital instrument designs reflect and constitute broader trends in how recorded sound is conceptualized today: as discrete segments of repurposable sonic and musical "material,” represented and interacted with on screens and other interfaces.

Publisert 16. nov. 2020 18:55 - Sist endret 22. nov. 2020 20:53