Popular Music

Popular Music is a field of research that explores the social, cultural, economic, and technological dimensions of a vast range of popular musical styles throughout history with particular emphasis on analysing the means of music’s production and consumption. Student opportunities in this field include potential research placements with media production houses, broadcasters, arts companies, music industry peak bodies, festivals, performance venues and digital repositories. Research in this field is supported by our rare collection of legendary legacy equipment, which shaped the sounds of the world’s most famous popular musicians. Research in this field is supported by the ANU Art and Music Library’s extensive collection of musical recordings. It is also supported by our rare collection of legendary legacy equipment including a Mellotron, an EMT Plate Reverberator and a Fairlight CMI, which respectively forged the distinctive sounds of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Peter Gabriel.

Research leadership in this area is provided by Prof Kenneth Lampl and Ass/Prof Samantha Bennett. As a composer of film music, Kenneth Lampl has scored over 70 films including: Frontera, Ninja’s Creed, Kandisha, and Winter of Frozen Dreams.  Lampl also composed additional music for Pokemon: The First Movie: Mew vs Mew Two, Pokemon Mewtwo Returns as well as music for the television series “Born Again Virgin” and “Saints and Sinners”. 

Samantha Bennett comes to academia from a professional background of making music in London alt-rock bands, and working as a studio recording engineer and programmer. Her own doctoral research in this field was supported by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, and she continues to produce studio albums for London indie bands.

Ken and Samantha are joined by Dr Stephen Loy, who works on the recorded music and performance practice of Led Zeppelin. 

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer