Our research on the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and ageing are currently being explored in projects on musicians and music making, the voice and the aesthetic of age, camp and masculinity, women in the music industry, childhood and music and UK South Asian music identity. We are interested in how these cultural contexts impact the processes of music production and reception.



Lisa shaw // cinema, memory and wellbeing

Lisa's current research looks at how musical films can be used to generate reminiscences and improvements in general wellbeing among the over 65s. A pilot project with a BUPA nursing home in Liverpool, funded by a University of Liverpool Knowledge Exchange voucher, is now being extended to a health centre in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.

This project will draw on Lisa's earlier research on the Brazilian musical comedy tradition known as the 'chanchada', which dominated film production in Brazil in the 1950s and early 1960s.

EMILY BAKER // exploring the vocal aesthetic of age

Emily is currently identifying  range of case studies to explore the ways in which Age manifests itself in the voice.

Earlier this year she spoke at the IASPM Postgraduate conference and, more recently, was invited to speak at the University of Cambridge about her work too. Whilst shaping chapters for her thesis around singer-songwriters Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell, like Freya, Emily is also preparing for the event at Öbebro University. Her paper at the Sweden event will explore the implications of autotune being applied to older voices.