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the analogue revolution of digital music technology

  • Norges Musikkhøgskole Slemdalsveien 11 Oslo Norway (map)

Music researcher and organologist Tellef Kvifte from the Telemark University College will seek to convince us that the recent, so-called digital revolution of music technology is better understood as an analogue revolution. He will use examples from 19th and 20th century developments in musical instruments, arguing that the development is best understood when we view the developments in the areas of aesthetics, instrument interfaces, and technology of production and distribution as mutually dependent.


Tellef Kvifte is full professor at Faculty of Art, Folk Culture and Teacher Education at the Telemark University College. His research interests span from the Norwegian hardanger fiddle to the theory of rhythm, theoretical organology, and music technology; he has published internationally in all of these areas. His most recent research concerns perspectives on the co-development of music, music technology, notation and concepts of sounds, as well as studies on intonation in traditional Norwegian music. Kvifte occasionally appears on the professional World music scene as a musician and is an accomplished performer of the tin whistle, hardanger fiddle, saxophone, laptop, and various other instruments. He was a professional television producer before taking up a career in academia and works occasionally as a record producer.