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MP5: Historical Keyboarding


Drawing on the holdings of Corridor institutions, this Working Group explores the cultural, political, ecological, and aesthetic potential of keyboard instruments ranging from the clavichord and organ to the carillon and the Moog synthesizer.

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Active since: 2019

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Rochester

Collaborative Goals

Comprising scholars of music and sound along the Corridor, our team aims to reconceive our objects of study by scrutinizing their material components (such as ivory, ebony, timber, leather, hair, shellac, electricity, plastic, and code) alongside the musical techniques and practices that animate them. In the process, we investigate concepts of valuation, waste, sustainability, technology, and nature while thinking about what it means to create, distribute, and consume music and sound responsibly.

Group Organizers

Anne Laver

Assistant Professor of Applied Music and Performance; University Organist, Syracuse University

Annette Richards

Given Foundation Professor in the Humanities and University Organist, Cornell University

Holly Watkins

Chair and Associate Professor, Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Roger Moseley

Associate Professor, Music, Cornell University

Group Members

  • Morton Wan, Graduate Student, Cornell University
  • David Yearsley, Herbert Gussman Professor of Music, Cornell University
  • Thomas Tianliang Feng, Graduate Student, Cornell University
  • Federico Ercoli, Graduate Student, University of Rochester