CMU and M.I.A to host Where Next For Music? seminars


CMU’s Chris Cooke will lead three free discussions exploring topics selected by M.I.A. as part of her Meltdown Festival in London.

Taking place in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on the first weekend of this year’s Meltdown, Saturday 10 June, the sessions will see a range of music industry experts coming together to discuss three topics; The Power of Sound, The Political Artist In The Social Media Age and Music & The Machines.

According to organisers, the first discussion will analyse ‘what is it about the science of sound that makes that possible?’

‘What draws us to certain combinations of sounds, to certain harmonies? How much is innate and how much is cultural? And how can music affect human behaviour? We will consider the power of sound from a creative, commercial and political perspective. How can music be used to communicate, to affect how someone consumes, or even as a tool of torture?’

Details of who will be joining each of these conversations will be announced soon.

Visit the Southbank website for more information on the Meltdown festival.

Soulwax, Afrikan Boy and Young Fathers will be among the artists performing as part of the festival.

M.I.A follows in the footsteps of the Guy Garvey, David Byrne and Yoko Ono as a Meltdown curator.