Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham - 11-13 September 2008

How do musicians use recordings and what has been their impact? In this final CHARM symposium we explored the attitudes towards recordings of performers and teachers, along with the ways in which recordings contribute to both the maintenance of musical culture and processes of style change. Do recordings prompt or inhibit style change? Have they resulted in stylistic convergence, as is often claimed? And what is the relationship between such processes and the technological or business history of recording? Might technology and business practices be seen as the principal drivers of performance style in the age of recordings? In addressing the interface between recordings and the professional practice of performance, the symposium paved the way for the transition to CHARM's successor centre from April 2009, the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice.

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Click on the links below to view some of the papers from CHARM Symposium 6 (please note that for copyright reasons, music examples listed in the papers may not be available to download):