This Research Group studies street music in all its forms, historical and contemporary.
Dr Paul Watt, Monash University (Music)
- Dr Gay Breyley, Monash University (Music)
- Nick Broad, co-founder of The Busking Project
- Dr Sarah Chaker, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna
- Dr Meg Elkins, RMIT University (Economics, Finance and Marketing)
- Dr John Garzoli, Monash University (Music)
- Liliana Maz, co-founder of The Busking Project
- Professor Luke McNamara, University of New South Wales (Law)
- Associate Professor Julia Quilter, University of Wollongong (Law)
- Dr Paul Simpson, Plymouth University (Human Geography)
- Professor Carolyn S. Stevens, Monash University (Japanese Studies)
For centuries, the street has been a site for making music. Itinerant musicians, street-vendors, buskers and beggars have played, sung, chanted, whistled, eavesdropped, stolen and improvised music on or near streets. Travel writers, novelists and ethnographers have attempted to capture the music of the street while the police, moral reformers, and governments have sought to control, regulate and sometimes legislate against the noise of streets arising from musical activity.
Work in Progress
Dr Sarah Chaker and Dr Paul Watt will be attending the Vienna Buskers’ Festival on 9–11 September 2017 and plans are underway to hold a conference in Vienna at the same time.
- ‘Street Music: Ethnography, Performance, Theory’, special issue of Journal of Musicological Research 35/2 (2016) edited by Dr Paul Watt
- ‘Street Music: Histories and Historiographies’, special issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review, edited by Paul Watt (Forthcoming)
- Julia Quilter and Luke McNamara, ‘”Long May the Buskers Carry On Busking”: Street Music and the Law in Melbourne and Sydney, Melbourne University Law Review, 39/2 (2016): 539–91.
Funded by the Monash Research Accelerator Program an International Conference on Street Music was held on 8–9 December 2014.
View the conference program (PDF)
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