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Who is conducting research
At present there are several societies and researchers actively conducting research about contemporary music in China. Several others have touched the topic and written and published thesis or papers on this regard.
|University||Department / Centre||Focus||Webpage||Remarks|
|University of Aarhus (Denmark)||Dept. of East Asian Studies||Assist. Professor Andreas Steen|
|University of Heidelberg (Germany)||Institute of Sinology||Contemporary Music||http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/||University of Prof. B. Mittler|
|Leiden University (Netherlands)|
|Chinese University of Hong Kong||Department of Music||http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/mus/||Information on current and important holdings, history of the Chinese Music Archive, and current staff|
|University of London||Department of Music / Centre of Chinese Studies||Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual, music, identity and politics||http://www.soas.ac.uk/music/||University of Dr. Rachel Harris|
- CHIME, the European Foundation For Chinese Music Research
- EACS, the European Association of Chinese Studies
- AAS, the Association for Asian Studies (general)
- Asian Studies. IIAS, the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands:
- Asian Studies (general): ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) website offers info on activities, electronic document delivery, titles of academic articles and books and NGO reports. Updated weekly.
- Asian Music. Society for Asian Music, Kent State University, Ohio, USA. Journal: Asian Music.
- Journal of Music in China. Editor: Zhou Qinru. Published twice a year in Los Angeles. (NB: this website has been suspended!)
- Chinese Music Society of North America
- Association for Chinese Music Research
- Chinese Musicians Association 中国音乐家协会; Zhōngguó Yīnyuèjiā Xiéhuì (China)
- Chinese Music Society of North America (Illinois)
- Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL) - devoted to the research, analysis and interpretation of oral and performing traditions, broadly defined, and their relationship to China's culture and society. The organization's membership consists of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences who recognize the significance of oral performance to Chinese literature.
- Musics of East Asia (ICTM Study Group)
- Society for Ethnomusicology
Undergraduates & Graduates
This is only a selection of valid researchers. If you are conducting research, please contact us and add yourself to the list.
- Angela D. Steele and Lila Babb via their Hip Hop in China (Blog) on Hip Hop in general
- John Thompson, who wrote his thesis on emo music in China (including The Raving Radio and Surprise)
- Pawel Maciejewski, researching for his master thesis
- L.White, 2006, 'The Alternative Music scene in Beijing since 1989 and social change', University of Cambridge (Undergraduate thesis)
- Rebecca Cowell, File:Representin (online version).pdf, University of Cambridge (Undergraduate thesis), 2010.
- Michael Marshall, PhD at University of Washington in Seattle, working on Beijing rock/punk scene
Chinese music critics
Jereon Groenewegen has published a list of Chinese music critics.
Exhibitions and collections
There are a few collections available at various libraries and universities.
- The Andreas Steen Collection at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
- The Rock in China Collection at Rock in China (tbd)
What has been written already
Read the full bibliography on Chinese Music
|Publication date||Author||Title||Range and genre covered||Download|
|2011||Lukas Kirschner||Zeitgenössische Chinesische Folkmusik||Beijing folk scene (Zhang Quan (Wild Children), Zhou Yunpeng, Wan Xiaoli, ...)||Full Thesis|
|2010||Rebecca Cowell||Representin' the Dirty North: The Indigenisation of Rap Music and Hip-hop Culture in Beijing|| 2009-2010
Beijing Hip-hop culture
|2010||William Ace Rowles||What does it mean to be rock ‘n’ roll in China?||Chinese Rock||File:What does it mean to be rock 'n' roll in China (reduced PDF).pdf|
|2009||Stian Vestby||Signs and Sounds: Identity Projects and Postmodern Bricolage in a Chinese Punk Rock Community|| Fall 2007
Wuhan Punk Scene
|confidential, though available on request (email@example.com)|
|2008||Thompson, J.||Tears that flutter and fade|| 2005-7
|2007||Meunier, A.||La longue marche du rock chinois|| 1980-2000
|2007||Wang, Q.||The Crisis of Chinese Rock in the mid-1990s: Weakness in Form or Weakness in Content|| Mid-1990s
|2006||Steele, A. D.||Zai Beijing: A Cultural Study of Hip Hop|| 2000-2006
|2006||White, L.||The Alternative Music scene in Beijing since 1989 and social change|| ---
|2005||Groenewegen, J||Tongue - Making sense of Beijing underground rock, 1997-2004|| 1997-2004
|2001||Grillot, C||Dixia Chengdu / Chengdu Underground|| 1990-2000
Chengdu Underground Music
|PDF & English Translation|
|1999||Kin-keung, C||Comparative study on rock music in Beijing and Tokyo|| ---
|1998||Movius, L.||Popular Culture, Social Change and Political Reaction in Post-Reform China|| 1984-1995/7
|1996||Steen, A.||Der Lange Marsch des Rock'n'Roll|| 1911-1994/5
Conducting research projects about Chinese music needs eloquent language skills, but even the most knowledgable researcher needs tools that help him/her to decipher pinyin within a short time, give him machine translations of longer texts and correct Chinese characters for the thesis. Below are a few tools, we of Rock in China are using:
- Google Language Tools, be it for machine-made translations which are adapted or for cross-language searching with English terms in the Chinese web
- Adsotrans, a pinyin converter. Enter Chinese text and change it into Pinyin.
Starting Points to Explore the Underground
History of the Midi Music Festival | Research
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There are many ways to dive into the Chinese music world and explore / research. Here are a few starting points:
- Category:Timeline - Access to specific dates in Chinese music history, as well as drill-downs by year
- Category:Genre - Drill-down of artists by genre
- Category:Artist Location - Drill-down of artists by origin
- Category:Record Labels - Drill-down of record labels with subpages
In general the Rock in China webpage is always available for intensive research (citation required), but you can furthermore directly contact one of our staff for interviews, specific requests or contact requests to other entities or artists.
Studies in relation to music worldwide
The following list of research papers are a selected list based upon RiC's opinion:
- LeVine, M. (2008). Heavy Metal Islam - Rock, resistance, and the struggle for the soul of Islam (1st edition). New York: Three Rivers Press.
Offering a good introduction in the social struggles, chances and defeats a subgenre of rock, heavy metal, is facing in the Islamic world, represented by the countries Morocco, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan.
- Other scenes in Asia provide further insight into the Asian music and youth cultures
This category has the following 15 subcategories, out of 15 total.
The number of included categories (C), pages (P) and files (F) is stated in brackets.
Pages in category "Research"
The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total.