CALL FOR PAPERS: INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology 3 - The Main Theme: RETRO TENDENCIES IN MUSIC, ART AND TECHNOLOGY

Dear Colleagues,

INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology is very pleased to invite you to collaborate on the third issue of our journal (II/2019).

The main theme of INSAM Journal No. 3 is Retro Tendencies in Music, Art and Technology. Electroacoustic musical instruments – electric guitars, synthesizers, drums, rhythm machines, samplers, etc. – once glorified for their innovativeness as one step closer to the future, nowadays are getting their old qualities and facilities upgraded, resurrected both as a relics of “some better times” and means for creating new artistic endeavors.

All around the globe, the old electronic music studios from the “golden era” of 60s and 70s are getting restored, not as museum attractions, but to be functional and available for new generations of authors. Historically informed performances of early electronic music are taking places together with new music, produced mostly in a manner that explores unknown or once undesired capabilities of old analog and digital synthesizers, tape delays, loopers, circuit bent instruments etc. New popular genres that look like old ones are emerging and disappearing on social networks on almost yearly basis, and artists are commonly using internet and DAW’s to re-create music of the past or to produce “unheard” sounds from a certain decade, accompanied with appropriate visual component. Rock, alternative and jazz bands together with EDM producers seems to be in accordance with this trend as well, with pricey and rare vintage equipment becoming even more valuable both as part of an image and as a means of sound production. Companies on the market of new devices are offering reissued old models or new instruments modeled after ones from the past, both in visual and acoustic domain. Cassette tapes seems to be back and vinyl was never really dead, now both winning in the clash with once unbeatable digital formats. All this may lead to the conclusion that once-futuristic technology has become more appropriate for the present music than contemporary devices and gadgets. Having this state in mind, it seems needed to question why these shifts occur – from innovative to retro. Is it due to lack of quality of new, consumerist, mass produced and cheap equipment? Or is availability made new devices non-attractive? Maybe in the world where AIs are making pop hits, musicians need to go back in time for their tools and sounds? What is it that old music and technology offer, that fits the needs of contemporary artistic expression?

Aforementioned questions are provoking numerous issues that can be approached from both musicological and technological standpoints, but can also be appealing to researchers from other humanistic fields, to explain and theorize these or similar concepts and artifacts circulating in contemporary world of music and art, together with the very question of retro in general. Therefore, we invite you to discuss topics that include (and are not limited to) following areas:

- Retro synthesizers – restoration, upgrade, circuit-bending;
- Retro computing – 8bit, demo scene, reuse in new music;
- Historically informed performance of electroacoustic music;
- New music on old equipment;
- Wave of waves – synthwave, chillvawe, vaporwave, yugowave, meme culture etc.;
- “Old school” techno/EDM;
- Retro in mainstream popular music;
- Lo-fi, DIY and underground acts with recycling/reuse of old equipment;
- Retro tendencies in visual arts, film, design and architecture
- Post-digital and post-internet art;
- Theories and writings on retro music and art phenomena.
- INSAM Journal is structured in four sections: The Main Theme, Beyond the Main Theme, Reviews, and - - Interviews. The main topic predefines only The Main Theme section; in other sections, we welcome your
contributions related to contemporary art and media theory, artistic music, performing and visual arts,

Deadline for the theme and abstract submission is July 1, 2019, and for the full-text submission September 15, 2019. You will be notified by July 15, 2019, if your topic has been accepted. For detailed information on the manuscript preparation, see Authors Guidelines. Send your text to

Looking forward to our cooperation,

Dr. Milan Milojković, focus issue editor




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1 Jul 2019