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School of Arts and Media

Dr Nicola Spelman

Senior Lecturer in Music, Programme Leader BA Music: Popular Music & Recording

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts & Media and Programme Leader for the BA Music: Popular Music & Recording. I have contributed to the development of music education at Salford for many years, designing and developing modules in a range of subject areas. My key interests are popular musicology, composition, music semiotics and representation, and music and madness. I have worked as an external consultant and examiner for numerous academic institutions, and currently fulfil the role of External Examiner for the University of Derby and the University of East London.

Teaching

I teach and supervise across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including modules in Applied Composition & Technology; Compositional Practice; Creative Composition & Arranging; and Professional Practice.

Research Interests

My research interests surround issues of representation within popular music. My authored book Popular Music & the Myths of Madness (Ashgate, 2012) identifies links between the anti-psychiatry movement and representations of madness in popular music of the 1960s and 1970s, analysing the various ways in which ideas critical of institutional psychiatry are embodied both verbally and musically in specific songs by David Bowie, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, the Beatles, and Elton John. My recent critical work explores the areas of noise music, music and memory, and audience participation

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Popular Musicology from the University of Salford 2009

BA (Hons) Popular Music & Recording (1st Class) 1995

 

Membership:

Full Member of the Music & Performance Research Group

Member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

I have held a number of external examiner positions. My current positions are at Derby University, and The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (University of East London)

Publications

Books:

Spelman, N (2012) Popular Music and the Myths of Madness, Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

 

Edgar, R, Fairclough, K Halligan, B and Spelman, N (eds) 2015 The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment, New York, Bloomsbury.

Goddard, M, Halligan, B and Spelman, N (eds) 2013 Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music, Continuum, London/New York, UK/USA.

Book chapters:

Spelman, N. 2015 ‘“Sing it with me now”: Audience Participation in Arena Concerts’ in Edgar, R, Fairclough, K Halligan, B and Spelman, N (eds) 2015 

The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment, New York, Bloomsbury

Spelman, N. 2013 ‘Recasting Noise: The Lives and Times of Metal Machine Music in Goddard, M & Halligan, B & Spelman, N (eds) 2013 Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music, Continuum, London/New York, UK/USA.

Spelman. N. 2005 'Reversing us and them: anit-psychiatry and The Dark Side of the Moon', in Reising, R (ed) 2005 Speak to Me: The Legacy of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Ashgate, Hampshire, UK.