When it comes to music, people usually get together to listen to it, dance to it, or play it. Not chat about it. Yet every April since 2003, folks from around the globe have been gathering at the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum to talk about music. The event is called the Pop Conference. And I know what you are thinking: “conference?” But it is not formal or stuffy. It’s a few days of fun, lively conversations. It’s also a rare chance to see musicians, critics, fans, and academics share the same rooms, express their thoughts, and have a few laughs together.
This year’s Pop Conference starts today, Thursday, April 15, and runs through Sunday, April 18, at EMP|SFM, and the theme is “Music and Technology.” On Friday alone, you can learn more about jazz and the blues, not to mention the EMP’s upcoming exhibit on Nirvana. Or you can check out sessions on retro technologies, recording studios, and music and science. And that’s all before the weekend even begins! On Saturday and Sunday, there are conversations on electronic dance music, digital technologies, women in music, hip hop, world music and plenty more.
The event kicks off on Thursday with an opening reception and roundtable with Nile Rodgers, Joe Henry and Janelle Monáe.
With roundtables like this one, I say we chat about music more often.