dhr. dr. F.O. (Oliver) Seibt


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap
  • Bezoekadres
    Universiteitstheater
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18  Kamernummer: 2.07
  • Postadres:
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat  16-18
    1012 CP  Amsterdam
  • F.O.Seibt@uva.nl
    T: 0205254667

Oliver Seibt studied musicology (with a specialization in ethnomusicology), cultural anthropology, and Japanese studies at the University of Cologne and gained his doctorate at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media for a dissertation that was published under the title Der Sinn des Augenblicks: Überlegungen zu einer Musikwissenschaft des Alltäglichen in 2010.

An Uchida fellowship by the Japan Foundation allowed him to collect materials for his Magister thesis on the Japanese domestication of “Western popular music” during a three-months stay in Japan in 1996. After having worked as a freelancer for EMI Music Germany (1998-2007) and as a research and teaching associate ("Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter") at the universities of Cologne (2000-2008) and Bern (2008-2009), he returned to Japan in 2010 for a three-months field research trip to the Tokyo visual-kei scene that was part of a multi-sited research project on the globalization of Japanese popular music he conducted as a post-doctoral research fellow of the DFG-Cluster of Excellency “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University (2009-2012). Before he was appointed assistant professor of cultural musicology at UvA in 2016, he worked as interim professor for ethnomusicology at the universities of Cologne (2013) and Frankfurt am Main (2013-2015), and as a guest professor at the University of Vienna (2015-16).

As a guest lecturer, he has also taught at the universities of Maiduguri (Nigeria), Saarbrücken, Giessen, Bremen, Zürich, and Utrecht, at the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main and at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim.

Oliver Seibt is co-founder and advisory board member of the German-speaking branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-D-A-CH) and served as its general secretary from 2012 to 2016.

His current research interests are in (the globalization of) Japanese popular music, everyday life music studies, and the role of the imaginary in musicking.

 

Publications (a selection)

* in preparation Made in Germany: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge Global Popular Music Series), ed. by Oliver Seibt, David-Emil Wickström, and Martin Ringsmut. New York and London: Routledge.

* 2018 “The (musical) imaginarium of Konishi Yasuharu, or How to make Western music Japanese”, in Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project (SOAS Musicology), ed. by Reinhard Strohm. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 157-176.

* 2017 “J-Pop: Warum populäre Musik aus Japan nicht unbedingt japanisch klingt“, in Global Pop, ed. by Claus Leggewie and Erik Meyer. Stuttgart: Metzler, pp. 307-314.

* 2016 “Expeditions of desire”, in Seismographic sounds – Visions of a new world, ed. by Thomas Burkhalter, Theresa Beyer and Hannes Liechti. Bern: Norient, pp. 321-326.

* 2014 “Bekenntnis zu (einer post-interpretativen) Musikethnologie“, contribution to the “Diskussion: What Discipline? Positionen zu dem, was einst als Vergleichende Musikwissenschaft begann“, in Die Musikforschung 67(4), pp. 388-393.

* 2012 “Asagi’s voice: Learning how to desire with Japanese visual-kei”, in Vocal music and contemporary identities: Unlimited voices in East Asia and the West, ed. by Christian Utz and Frederick Lau. New York and London. Routledge, pp. 249-267.

* 2010 Der Sinn des Augenblicks: Überlegungen zu einer Musikwissenschaft des Alltäglichen (Studien zur Popularmusik). Bielefeld: transcript-Verlag.

* 2010 “Aus dem Rahmen gefallen: Ein Versuch mit Erving Goffman zu erklären, wann’s in der Musik witzig wird”, in Musik und Humor: Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung in der Musik, ed. by Hartmut Hein and Fabian Kolb. Laaber: Laaber Verlag, pp. 13-29.

* 2008 “Warum die Musikethnologie die Suche nach dem singenden Menschen mittlerweile eingestellt hat”, in Aspekte des Singens. Ein Studienbuch (= Musikpädagogik im Fokus, Band 1), ed. by Andreas Lehmann-Wermser and Anne Niessen. Augsburg: Wißner, pp. 50-64 (together with Sebastian Ferdinand Hamsch).

* 2004  “Don’t let me be misunderstood: Zur Verstehbarkeit populärer Musik”, in Musik und Verstehen, ed. by Christoph von Blumröder and Wolfram Steinbeck. Laaber: Laaber Verlag, pp. 300-311.

* 2004  “Katja Ebstein y el indiecito del Perú: La polifonía como método etnomusicológico aplicado a un Schlager alemán”, in Lienzo: Revista de la Universidad de Lima, No. 24, pp. 9-32 (together with Julio Mendívil).

* 2004  “Wer alles zu hören ist, wenn Katja Ebstein vom Indiojungen aus Peru singt, und was diese Stimmen in der Musikethnologie zu suchen haben”, in Die Musikforschung 57 (3), pp. 257-268 (together with Julio Mendívil).

* 2003  “Totgesagte leben länger – Überlegungen zur Relevanz der Musikethnologie”, in Die Musikforschung 56 (3), pp. 261-271 (together with Kerstin Klenke, Lars-Christian Koch, Julio Mendívil, Rüdiger Schumacher, and Raimund Vogels).

UvA Courses

* An Introduction to Cultural Musicology (bachelor seminar with lecture)

* Methods in Cultural Musicology (= Analyse- en onderzoeksmethoden, block 1)

* Analyse- en onderzoeksmethoden C: zelfstandig onderzoek (together with Ashley Burgoyne and Rutger Helmers)

* On the formation, diversification and globalization of hip-hop (Theoretical perspectives on popular music and media, bachelor seminar)

*  Towards a musicology of the everyday (master seminar with lecture)

Courses taught at other universities (a selection)

* Musical Encounters (master seminar, Utrecht and Zurich)

* Japanese Gentlemen, please stand up! A history of popular music in Japan (lecture, Frankfurt am Main and Vienna)

* Menace II Society? On the formation, diversification and globalization of hip-hop (seminar, Cologne, Bern, Heidelberg, Frankfurt am Main, Vienna)

* Please lay down here on this turntable: An ethnomusicological self-analysis (seminar, Cologne and Vienna)

* Dentô ongaku: An introduction to Japanese traditional music (seminar, Frankfurt am Main and Vienna)

* Sounding Signs: Popular music and subcultural identity (seminar, Cologne and Frankfurt am Main) 

* How to make things with sounds: Musicology and performance theory (seminar, Cologne and Frankfurt am Main)

* On alienated masses and subversive practices: An introduction to popular music studies (seminar, Saarbrücken and Frankfurt am Main)

* A history of ethnomusicology (lecture, Frankfurt am Main)

Bachelor theses

  • Andriske, Niels Simon
    Die Auswirkungen der Anbindung von Musikstreamingdiensten an soziale Netzwerke (Facebook, Twitter) auf das Nutzerverhalten (Köln 2013)
  • Claasz-Coockson, Kelsey
    Powervrouwen in popmuziek: Het feminisme van Beyoncé en Taylor Swift (Amsterdam 2016)
  • d'Engelbronner, Diederik
    The Vanishing Frontiers Between Cultural Strata in Two Amsterdam Music Scenes (Amsterdam 2016)
  • de Haan, Joran
    Ways of Operating Portable Audio: The Use of Portable Audio in Urban Everyday life (Amsterdam 2016)
  • Harms, Job
    Any World That I’m Welcome To: How Steely Dan Have Gained Authenticity in the Musical Genre of Jazz (Amsterdam 2017)
  • Hoetjes, Sjors
    X Marks the Spot: A Map of Sonic Hauntology (Amsterdam 2018)
  • K., S.
    Eine kurze Geschichte der südkoreanischen Indie-Musikszene (Köln 2014)
  • Kindor, Kevin
    Die Verortung der Band Radiohead im populärmusikalischen Genresystem im Spiegel der britischen Musikpresse von 1995 bis 2000 (Köln 2014)
  • Lenzhölzer, Christiane
    „Unsere Musik hat sich seit der Renaissance kaum verändert.” Die Bedeutung der Praktizierung von Musik- und Tanztraditionen in der rumänischen und ungarischen Bevölkerung in Ungarn und Siebenbürgen heute (Köln 2014)
  • Linskens, Randy
    Door de ogen van de Ultra's: Een onderzoek naar Nederlandse identiteit in een Nederlandse muziekstroming (2018)
  • Long, Lisa
    Techno und die kollektive Efferveszenz: Vergemeinschaftungsprozesse bei Techno-Partys (Köln 2014)
  • Mariën, Anthony
    Kunst dat kan ik ook! Drop-outs in de gesubsidieerde muziekacademies in Vlanderen (Amsterdam 2016)
  • Nijs, Jasmin
    We gon’ be alright: The Role of Music and Tradition in the Black Lives Matter Movement (Amsterdam 2016)
  • Paquay, Daan
    Welkom in het Verre Oosten: Zwolse identiteit in de muziek van Opgezwolle (2018)
  • Schalks, Jasper
    Countrymuziek in Nederland (Amsterdam 2018)
  • Schelvis, Sydney
    Neosemiotics in Popular Music Studies: An Existential Semiotic Approach to Early 1990s Rap Music (Amsterdam 2016)
  • Vierbergen, Mick
    Mobile Music and Urban Experience: Private Sound Bubble or Urban Information Overlay? (Amsterdam 2016)
  • Wagemaker, Sven
    Gamelan in the Netherlands – The Racial Imagination (Amsterdam 2017)

Master and Magister theses

  • Bauer, Eva
    A cappella und die Macht der Definition. Wechselwirkungen zwischen diskursiver Begriffsformation und musikalischer Praxis in der Szene von A-cappella-Ensembles im deutschsprachigen Raum (Wien 2017)
  • Bauwens, Joram
    The Transnational Distribution of East-Asian Popular Culture to Western Audiences by Internet Platforms (Amsterdam 2017)
  • Beckers, Massimo Raoul
    Shaping the Soundscape History (Amsterdam 2018)
  • Bulawa, Martin
    Silent Disco@Club Culture: Eine ethnographische Untersuchung von Kopfhörerparties (Köln 2014)
  • Dvorkin, Evgenij
    Electronic Bodies: Dance and Body Experience in the Techno Music Scene (Köln 2014)
  • Fritz, Heiko
    Überlegungen zu Ursachen und Funktion homophober Äußerungen im deutschsprachigen battle- und gangsta-rap (Köln 2014)
  • Jain, Sanjeevani
    Exploring ‘Musicology’ in Hindustani Music Education: A 20th Century Case of Problematic Contextualization (Amsterdam 2018)
  • Primor, Dorin
    Bad Music in the Music Classroom: Israeli Music Teachers' Notions About Bad Music and Its Place in Music Education (Amsterdam 2018)
  • Reeve-Baker, Jim
    The Audio File and The Audiophile: Understanding How The MP3 Has Impacted Music Production From 2010-2016 (Amsterdam 2016)
  • Schelvis, Sydney
    The Voice, Body, Bass, Beats, and Sensation: A Post-Semantic Inquiry into Electronic Dance Music’s Materiality (Amsterdam 2017)
  • Schuitenmaker, Charlotte
    Applied Ethnomusicology (Theoretically) Applied: What Indigenous Australians and Activists Think Applied Ethnomusicology Actually Has to Offer Them (Amsterdam 2017)
  • Trevisan, Peter
    Musikpiraterie und Moral – Eine qualitative Untersuchung der illegalen Musikbeschaffung in Deutschland (Köln 2014)
  • Üregen, Melissa
    Imagining Paris through Jazz: Über die Bedeutung von Musik für die Wahrnehmung von Stadt (Wien 2017)
  • Will, Hans-Georg
    „Eine Frage des Geschmacks“: Zur Genese unserer musikalischen Wahl (Frankfurt am Main 2015) 

2018

  • Seibt, O. (2018). The (Musical) Imaginarium of Konishi Yasuharu, or How to Make Western Music Japanese. In R. Strohm (Ed.), Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project (pp. 157-176). (SOAS Musicology Series). London: Routledge.

2017

  • Seibt, O. (2017). J-Pop: Warum populäre Musik aus Japan nicht unbedingt japanisch klingt. In C. Leggewie, & E. Meyer (Eds.), Global Pop: Das Buch zur Weltmusik (pp. 307-314). J.B. Metzler Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-476-05480-7_37  [details] 

2019

  • Seibt, F. O., Wickström, D-E. (Ed.), & Ringsmut, M. (Ed.) (in preparation). Made in Germany: Studies in Popular Music. (Routledge Global Popular Music Series). Routledge.

2017

  • Seibt, O. (2017). [Review of: P.C. Jasen (2016) Low end theory: Bass, bodies and the materiality of sound]. Musicae Scientiae, 21(4), 526-529. DOI: 10.1177/1029864917734494  [details] 
  • Seibt, F. O. (2017). Der deutsche Schlager als Gegenstand einer "bad music-ology". Paper presented at Der deutsche Schlager, Münster, Germany.
  • Seibt, F. O. (2017). Longing for Someone Else’s Past: Miyazaki Hayao, Matsutôya Yumi and the “Western” Yearning for Japanese-fragrant Nostalgia. Paper presented at Popular Music Studies Today, Kassel, Germany.
  • Seibt, O. (2017). Travelogues From the World Behind the Mirror: Where "Western" visual-kei Fans Actually Head to When Boarding a Plane to Japan. Paper presented at Out of Space, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Seibt, F. O. (2017). Favorite Songs: Reflections on a Musicology of the Everyday. Paper presented at ASCA Annual Workshop 2017: Unnecessary, Unwanted and Uncalled-for, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2015

  • Seibt, O. (2015). Expeditions of Desire. In T. Beyer, T. Burkhalter, & H. Liechti (Eds.), Seismographic Sounds: Visions of a New World (pp. 321-326). Berne: Norient. [details] 

Mediaoptreden

  • Seibt, O. (03-06-2016). Intrada - Exkurs [Radio] Oe1, ORF. Interview on a musicology of the everyday.

Spreker

  • Seibt, O. (speaker) (21-9-2017). Travelogues From the World Behind the Mirror: Where "Western" visual-kei Fans Actually Head to When Boarding a Plane to Japan, University of Utrecht, Department of Musicology.
  • Seibt, O. (speaker) (12-5-2017). Travelogues From the World Behind the Mirror: Where "Western" visual-kei Fans Actually Head to When Boarding a Plane to Japan, University of Groningen, Department of Arts, Culture and Media.
  • Seibt, O. (speaker) (21-4-2016). The Musical Imaginarium of Konishi Yasuharu, or How to make Western music Japanese, Musicology Colloquium Series, University of Amsterdam.

Andere

  • Helmers, R. (participant) & Seibt, F. O. (participant) (29-11-2018). Madonna to Marsyas, Amsterdam, Netherlands. NICA Masterclass | Thursday 29 November, 9:30-11:30 | Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam, Singel 425, Vondelzaal With Lydia Goehr (Columbia (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Helmers, R. (participant) & Seibt, F. O. (participant) (29-11-2018 - 1-12-2018). Elvis lives in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands. From Marvel’s Kiss comics of the late 1970s to Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger acting out different facets of Bob Dylan’s public persona in Todd (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Titus, B. (participant), Seibt, F. O. (organiser) & McGee, K. (organiser) (2-6-2017). IASPM-KVNM Student Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Attendant and host at IASPM-KVNM Student Conference (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Hemming, J. (organiser), Plastino, G. (organiser), Mendívil, J. (organiser), Binas-Preisendörfer, S. (organiser), Seibt, O. (organiser), Jacke, C. (organiser) & Brunner, A. (organiser) (1-2-2016 - 30-6-2017). Popular Music Studies Today, Kassel, Germany. Member of the Organising Committee (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Seibt, O. (organiser), Binas-Preisendörfer, S. (organiser) & Jauk, W. (organiser) (1-2-2016 - 23-10-2016). Bianual IASPM-D-A-CH Conference, Graz, Austria (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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