Monday, August 30, 2010

Musicians Might Learn a Thing or Two from Theologians

This is a two-way street, or at least I hope so. While popular musicians and artists have the edge by way of inventive practices and techniques of composition (sampling, looping, remixing, etc.), theologians who have studied within a religious tradition have something to offer. At the very least, they offer depth and complexity, which can help those within the networks and flows of popular culture better navigate the resources available to them. How can these more complex ideas be best presented? And how can they be placed into creative juxtapositions with other religious  "breaks" and "beats" within mashup religion, in order to invent theological ideas that are potentially helpful?

1 comment:

  1. Interesting site. Will be interested in your forthcoming book. It sounds like it has many synergies with my own book 'Pop Cult: Religion and Popular Music'. Which I guess goes the other way, suggests theologians might learn a thing or two from musicians. And that pop cults are popular music based new religious movements, are religions, or implicit religion, or secondary institution, or whatever you want to call them.

    Pop Cult: Religion and Popular Music. Rupert Till. 2010. Continuum.