How about a university course in EDM and dance music?

If you’re thinking about going back to school, what about spending a couple of semesters studying EDM?

The Department of Music and Design Arts at the University of Huddersfield in the UK is now open for applications for The Richie Hawtin PhD Scholarship in electronic music, cultures and production. Anyone who is currently researching anything to do with electronic music, culture, and production is welcome to apply for this PhD scholarship.

Okay, what kind of topics are we talking about? I quote from the syllabus:

  • popular electronic music cultures;
  • creative practice involving composition or production;
  • festival and events cultures, clubbing, raving, and socio-sonic aesthetics;
  • ethnographies;
  • audiences and listeners;
  • DJ cultures and electronic music performance;
  • a focus on a specific electronic music subcultures, scenes, movements, genres or artists;
  • techno, as well as other genres such as psytrance, house, hip hop, dubstep, drum’n’bass, hardcore, industrial, ambient, chillout, electronica, or other forms;
  • trends in electronic music production business and marketing;
  • other business and legal aspects including copyright and royalties;
  • music and dance, trance, altered states of consciousness, liminality and entrainment;
  • societal aspects of electronic music cultures, such as inequalities (gender, race, geography) and other ethical concerns (labour unions, ecology and nature).

Cool. Apply here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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