EARS Graduate Music Forum

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Date: 18–19 May 2018

Building upon its success at NTU in 2016, the next bi-annual EARS Graduate Music Forum is set to take place on May 18-19, 2018, at the Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The forum brings together over two dozen graduate students engaged in research in all areas of music-study at universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Activities include individual paper presentations, seminar discussions, and a keynote address by Prof. Alexander Rehding (Harvard University).

Member Institutions:

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

National Taiwan University (NTU)

Seoul National University (SNU)

Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SCM)

Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA)


University of Southampton (CUHK partner in WUN)


Cheong Wai Ling (CUHK)
Fukunaka Fuyuko (TUA)
Levenberg, Jeffrey (CUHK)
Mak Su Yin (CUHK)
Oh Hee Sook (SNU)
Rehding, Alexander (Harvard)
Seinen, Nathan (CUHK)
Uemura, Yukio (TUA)
Vicente, Victor (CUHK)
Yang Chien-Chang (NTU)
Yi Hye Jin (Sungshin Women’s U.)


Irvine, Thomas (U. of Southampton)
Zankel Lindorff, Joyce (Temple U.)

Keynote Address: Universal Music and the Golden Record

The Golden Record on board of the Voyager spacecraft (1977) is on a journey through outer space, carrying a sampling of world music into the unknown. Conceived as a visiting card to other life in the universe, the Golden Record has been called a “message in a bottle” and an “interstellar mixtape.”— I want to pose a simple question: What would actually happen if extraterrestrials picked it up at the other end? Can we expect that extraterrestrials have ears? What does listening even mean in an interstellar context? In what could be termed a media archaeology of the future, we will examine the record as an interface in the communication of various expressive forms—words, music, images—with the aim of getting a better sense of how exactly the Golden Record might function in this unpredictable context.

Alexander Rehding is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music at Harvard University. His work is located at the intersection between music theory and cultural history. His publications include Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought (2003), Music and Monumentality (2009) and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (2017). Rehding has also co-edited Music Theory and Natural Order (2001), The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Studies (2011), and Music in Time (2016). Two further edited volumes, the Oxford Handbook of Timbre and the Oxford Handbook of Critical Concepts in Music Theory, will appear in 2019. Recent work has also taken Rehding toward media studies and transcultural work, in such articles as “Instruments of Music Theory” and the online exhibition Sounding China. A former editor of Acta musicologica, Rehding is editor-in-chief of the Oxford Music Handbook series. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Dent Medal (2014).

Conference Program and abstracts

Program can be found here: PDF.

Student abstracts: PDF.

Going to CUHK Department of Music

Direction from Hong Kong International Airport to CUHK and Music Department

Visitors can come to Music Department from the airport to CUHK by public bus, by train or by taxi from the Hong Kong International airport. Please visit this website: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/english/university/visitors.html

  1. By Public Bus Visitors can travel by public bus, no. A41 and take off at the Shatin Central Bus Terminus and then by MTR to our University.

  2. By MTR to CUHK Music Department Please exit the University station (大學站) of the MTR East rail, then walk up the hill to the left of the playing field that faces the station. When the visitor get to the first intersection go left and take another left immediately after that. It is just a 5-10 minute walk from the University (MRT) Station. Hui Yeung Shing Building (see attached) will be in front of you and across the street. The Music general office counter is on the 2/F of Hui Yeung Shing Building at the window of Room 201.

  3. By Taxi The taxi fare from Hong Kong International airport to CUHK is around HK$350. Please inform the taxi driver enter Chung Chi College Entrance (enter from Tai Po Road). The visitor can inform the taxi driver call the Music general office at 39436073 or 39436510 if necessary.