In BeMused on April 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm
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I have spent the last few spring hanging out at the British Forum of Ethnomusicology. I’ve come to associate the change of the season with train rides in UK, B&Bs and catching up with old friends and new colleagues. I really loathed to miss this one, not only because it was in Belfast, but because I missed the chance to indulge in learning and discussing ethnomusicology in the digital age.
BeMused was the reason, and I guess a pretty good one.
Translating my research on online transmission of music knowledge into applied solutions was a goal I set for myself when I finished my masters, perhaps in lieu of continuing with a PhD. I still love research and writing, but I also see tremendous value in applied learning. Even though BeMused isn’t about online learning music, it is a participation platform for the performing arts community with a focus on Toronto (at least to start).
(By the way, I learned the term platforms for participation from Robin Chase in this TED Talk, and loved the way it perfectly encapsulates the way I am thinking about BeMused.)
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In BeMused on September 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm
One of my motivations for conducting research on the transmission of music knowledge online was a desire to create and build something that will bridge the divide I perceived between those who know music, and those who wants to know about music. I was dumbfounded by all the ways people could be connected with the technology that exists today, but did not. I don’t blame it on the people, I attribute it to the fact that there are no tools designed specifically with these two groups in mind. This thought has percolated in my mind for some time, and unbeknown to me, it would be with the 100th post on this blog that I feel ready to share with you what has come of the long gestation.
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As I jumped back into the performing arts community in various capacities since last fall, coming up with a way of applying my theoretical knowledge to solve real life problems was always on my mind. I have been sharing my writing, design and communication skills to help local and independent groups gain a little more exposure and execute the marketing vision they had but for lack of resources and know-how. The more I became involved, the more I learned about the every-day challenges they were facing. My own independent research gave me further insight into the common issues that music professionals encountered. The more I listened, the clearer I heard and understood the everyday struggles of performing artists.