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Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference (CarMAC)
School of Music, Cardiff University
4-7 September 2008

In association with Cardiff University and the journal Music Analysis (Blackwell Publishers) the international conference of the Society of Music Analysis will take place at the School of Music, Cardiff University from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 September 2008. 



The full conference programme can be viewed here as html or downloaded here as a pdf file.  Please note that these details are provisional and may be subject to change. 

The abstracts can be downloaded here as a single pdf file. 

The keynote address, ‘How many ways can you fetishize a song?  From Adorno to American Idol’, will be given by Rose Rosengard Subotnik (Brown University). 

Four further plenary sessions are incorporated within the conference:

Interpreting Schubert's Slow Movements for Piano Trio: A Dialogue of Gestures and Meaning: Robert Hatten (Indiana University) with the Gould Piano Trio

Composing Globalization: Björn Heile (University of Sussex), Christian Utz (Kunstuniversität Graz), Geoffrey Poole (University of Bristol)

Phenomenological Approaches to the Music of Elliott Carter: Arved Ashby (Ohio State University), Martin Boykan (Brandeis University), Joseph Dubiel (Columbia University), Marion Guck (University of Michigan)

Music Theory after the Ottoman Empire: John Morgan O’Connell (Cardiff University), Ruth Davis (University of Cambridge), John Plemmenos (Ionian University, Corfu)

For details of further sessions, click here.

The conference also includes concerts by the London Contemporary Music Group (Thurs 4 Sept) and the Gould Piano Trio with clarinettist Robert Plane (Fri 5 Sept)

There will be an exhibition of books by Rosemary Dooley



Booking is now open.  Click here to download a registration form (Word or pdf format).  Should you have problems downloading the form, contact

Please note the super-advance rate for students, including registered graduate students, booking before 31 July.  Note also the increased cost of the full conference package (and 20% surcharge on other bookings, subject to availability) after 22 August.



Cardiff University School of Music is situated within a few minutes’ walk of the city centre. The city is served by the M4 motorway and is easily accessible by road from all parts of the UK.  There are direct rail services to Cardiff from Birmingham (2 hrs 30 minutes), Bristol (50 minutes), Edinburgh (7hrs), Liverpool (3hrs 45 minutes), London (2hrs), Newcastle upon Tyne (6hrs), Southampton (2hrs 40 minutes) and other UK cities: for details go to

A map, showing the location of the Music School, can be found on this page here

For door-to-door directions follow this link here

Cardiff International Airport is 11 miles from the city centre. Delegates travelling by plane might find it advantageous to explore flying KLM to Amsterdam and taking the regular KLM shuttle to Cardiff airport. 

For those arriving at London Heathrow Airport, there is a regular train (the Heathrow Express) to London Paddington, where a direct rail service to Cardiff Central station can be picked up (journey time 2hrs); alternatively the RailAir bus service can be taken from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Reading, where the direct train service to Cardiff can be picked up.  Train services from Gatwick Airport are via Reading.



This is a residential conference.  University accommodation (single en-suite rooms) can be booked on the registration form.

Alternatively, the following hotels, within walking distance of the university, are offering special rates to conference delegates, subject to availability.  (Prices quoted are for the cost of a single room per person per night including breakfast; double and twin rooms may also be available.  Please quote ‘Cardiff University’ when booking.)

Hilton Hotel (5-star) (tel: +44-141-240-7837): £99 (double room £109)
Park Plaza Hotel (4-star) (tel: +44-29-2011-1111): £97 (double room £117)
Parc Hotel (4-star) (tel: +44-871-376-9011): £79 (double room £89)
Park Inn (3-star) (tel: +44-29-2072-7037): £74 (double room £84)
Holiday Inn (3-star) (tel: +44-29-2034-7205): £79 (double room £89)
Ibis Hotel (3-star) (tel: +44-29-2064-9250): £55 (double room £60.50)



For general queries regarding the conference, contact

Programme Committee: Suzannah Clark (University of Oxford), Kenneth Gloag (Cardiff University), Michael Spitzer (President, SMA), Alan Street (Editor, Music Analysis), Charles Wilson (Conference Director)

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