Welcome from the Editor

We are proud to release the Fall 2016 issue of RIMJ and to announce our new features: For this issue, we expanded our call for articles internationally and received more submissions than ever before. This is also our first peer-reviewed issue. The top twelve submissions were reviewed by a fantastic pool of graduate students from respected institutions according to their research specialties.

From this process, we chose two articles: The first, “The ‘Migration of Consciousness’: Understanding Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives through Music Video” by Charissa Noble, integrates Ashley’s philosophies on opera and American thought history with a system for analyzing television opera. The second article, “‘Apeman’: The Kinks’s Romantic Expression of Environmental Politics and the Paradox of Human Evolution” by Sara Gulgas, draws parallels between the British band’s participation in 1970s environmentalism and Romantic poetic thought. Both articles can be viewed online or downloaded as pdfs—another new detail in this issue.

I would like to thank Eric Davis, the previous editor of RIMJ, for his guidance and encouragement in my transition into editorship; my colleague Alison Maggart for her assiduous editorial assistance; Mark Katz from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for his mentorship and for allowing me to model the RIMJ style guide after that for the Journal of the Society for American Music; Will Robin from UNC, Chapel Hill for recruiting many of our peer reviewers and advising me; and the twenty-two peer reviewers who provided thoughtful and graceful feedback on the submissions we received.

Meagan Mason
University of Southern California

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