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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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