Associate Professor Charles Fairchild

Program Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Music Major); Associate Professor of Popular Music

Charles Fairchild’s work is primarily concerned with the cultural and material mediation of music. His books and articles examine how institutions and organisations shape the ways people consume and make meaning from music. Most recently, he has completed a study of how music presenters at community radio stations in Australia use music to construct distinct kinds of social relationships. Fairchild has also examined how the circulation of music through film, television, radio and digital music cultures creates varied and constantly evolving contexts through which the experience and meaning of music is formed.

Fairchild teaches units in popular music, music and media, and the globalisation of popular culture. His primary pedagogical interests are the changing nature of the [...]

Charles Fairchild’s work is primarily concerned with the cultural and material mediation of music. His books and articles examine how institutions and organisations shape the ways people consume and make meaning from music. Most recently, he has completed a study of how music presenters at community radio stations in Australia use music to construct distinct kinds of social relationships. Fairchild has also examined how the circulation of music through film, television, radio and digital music cultures creates varied and constantly evolving contexts through which the experience and meaning of music is formed.

Fairchild teaches units in popular music, music and media, and the globalisation of popular culture. His primary pedagogical interests are the changing nature of the music industry, music and copyright, the manufacturing of musical celebrities, and how the institutions and media through which people consume music change over time.

He has published three books, as well as articles in journals such as Popular Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Popular Music and Society, Media, Culture and Society and New Media and Television.

Fairchild holds a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois, a MA in Ethnomusicology from York University in Toronto, and a PhD in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was a student of the noted musicologist Charles Keil.

His publications include: Music, Radio and the Public Sphere: The Aesthetics of Democracy. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave, 2012, Pop Idols and Pirates: Mechanisms of Consumption and the Global Circulation of Popular Music. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. 2008, ‘Revealing What We Can Never Know: The Problem of Real Life in Gus Van Sant’s Last Days.’ Popular Music and Society, ‘Alan Freed Casts a Long Shadow: The Persistence of Payola and the Ambiguous Value of Music.’ Media, Culture and Society. 34(3), pp. 328–42, 2012, ‘Flow Amid Flux: The Evolving Uses of Music in Evening Television Drama.’ Television and New Media. 12(6), pp. 491-512, 2011, and Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

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Areas of Study

Arts Music and Musicology

Phone

612-903-65224

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612-935-17340

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music