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Research interests

Ethnomusicology, popular music studies, Melanesian popular music, PNG music, music software, software studies

Biography

With an undergraduate BMus degree in classical guitar performance, Crowdy worked as a musician before travelling to Papua New Guinea in 1992 to teach music at the University of Papua New Guinea.  He then moved to Macquarie university. His research has explored Papua New Guinean stringband and popular music, and the nature of the music industry in Melanesia and Australia.  His most recent book explores the music and socio-political context of the band Sanguma, who mixed ancestral musics with jazz and rock.  Crowdy currently leads an Australian Research Council grant titled “Music, mobile phones and social justice in Melanesia”, involving ethnographic work in PNG, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, with an applied component developing regionally relevant, open source music production and media sharing software. He is also currently working on a book project exploring music software.  An active guitarist, Crowdy has performed and recorded with Torres Strait musician Seaman Dan and Norfolk Islander George Toofie Christian and continues to perform in a Sydney group dedicated to the popular music of Papua New Guinea.

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Projects 2006 2019

Research Outputs 1998 2016

Hearing the future: the music and magic of the Sanguma band

Crowdy, D., 2016, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. 184 p. (Music and performing arts of Asia and the Pacific)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Hearing
Magic
Music
Musicians
Improvisation
music
anxiety

Peer production and changing norms in music practice: an ethnomusicological perspective

Crowdy, D., 2015, In : Journal of peer production. 6, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

music
center-periphery
cultural diversity
income
participation

When digital is physical and ethnomusicologists are file sharers

Crowdy, D., 2015, In : Journal of World Popular Music. 2, 1, p. 61-77 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

music
Papua-New Guinea
sound storage medium
amateur
digital media

Introduction

Crowdy, D. & Evans, M., 2014, In : Perfect Beat. 15, 1, p. 5-6 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch