Well we had larval subjects and Anahid Kassabian here in Newcastle - yes, both at once! It was a great day with questions focusing on the various problematics that attend relation, distribution, agency and the question of how music helps (o does not help) us think these problematics differently. We all had an absolutely fabulous time. Spurious was also in attendance with the famous W. What an embarrassment of intellect!
Larval subjects was a real sweetie and very open to all sorts of ways of thinking these questions. His keynote laid out a number of parallels on thinking relatedness from Deleuze, Badious, Luhmann and Marx which lead smartly and deftly into a consideration of Kassabian's work on distributed agency. Although long (which is precisely what we asked from him) the paper had the room buzzing and full of rich and searching questions.
ther papers looked at ideas around Badiou's notion of the event, trying to find ways of theorizing the relation between events and non-events; we also had a great paper on what happens when the music stops (culturally as it were): this question lead us into some fascinating work on fantasy, nostalgia and the thinking of music and relation. I did a piece too and Anahid Kassabian finished with an extraordinary examination of listening as a contact sense.
Lavarl subjects has a real nice and very kind more detailed account here.
For me what this shows, I think, is that communities made on the blogosphere can turn into real and productive communities out there as well. What a nice antidote to the sentiment in my last post.