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Dr. Shelley Brunt
Contemporary | Music/Sound  (VIC)

Dr Shelley Brunt is a lecturer in music industry and media in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. She currently teaches popular music and world music courses, with a focus on Asia. She has previously worked at The University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, and The University of Auckland.

As a popular music ethnomusicologist, Shelley focuses on ethnographic approaches to music and media. She has undertaken considerable ethnographic fieldwork in Tokyo, exploring her research interests in expressions of identity, culture and gender in the mainstream Japanese popular music world. Most notable is her long-standing interest in NHK’s annual New Year’s Eve television program “Kouhaku Utagassen” (the Red and White Song Contest’), which she has followed for well over 10 years. Her other projects involve the analysis of Japanese posthumous duets (where a living singer is paired with a deceased singer generated by digital means), Japanese virtual idols, and the educational role of digital musical instruments.

Shelley has written a number of publications about Japanese music, and Asian music in New Zealand, and recently edited a special issue on ‘Asian popular music’ for Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture. She also enjoys speaking about Japanese music in non-academic settings, and from 2008-2011 Shelley was a ‘world music’ commentator for Radio New Zealand. She has been quoted by international media outlets such as The Financial Times, and was profiled by NHK for a special television program celebrating 60 years of “Kouhaku Utagassen”.

As a musician and graduate of the Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide), Shelley also likes to play Japanese instruments. She has been an active performer of Japanese taiko (drums), is a beginner koto (thirteen-string zither) player, and she is keen to try the Tsugaru shamisen (three string lute).

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Email: shelley.brunt@rmit.edu.au
Links: http://www.rmit.academia.edu/ShelleyBrunt
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