Sound and Technology

The proposed Sound and Technology working group is concerned with the a focus on scholarship coming from history of technology and science towards a history of sonic technocultures. This group welcomes scholars interested in sound and sound technology from all time periods, though the group’s reading and writing will focus on cases, debates, and actors that engage the conditions of sound’s technological reproducibility since the late 19th century. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, relevant studies have been fragmented across a variety of fields within the humanities, arts, social sciences, engineering, acoustics, and the sciences. This working group will work across these disciplines to collectively interpret sources and commentary that share an interest in sound.
 
The group meets at 1:00 Eastern Time on second Fridays of each month.

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Upcoming Meetings

  • Friday, November 12, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    Guest: Dr. David Suisman (History, University of Delaware)
    Reading TBA.
    Guest sessions are (loosely) moderated, please reach out if you'd like to be in that role.
    We'll briefly introduce the guest, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, and then discuss participants' questions.
    All are welcome.


  • Friday, December 10, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    Guest Visit: Dr. Viktoria Tkaczyk (Humboldt University)
    Reading TBA
    Guest sessions are moderated.
    We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
    All are welcome!


  • Friday, January 14, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    TBA


  • Friday, February 11, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    Guest: Dr. Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State University, Department of History)
    Reading TBA
    Guest sessions are moderated.
    We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with opening remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
    All are welcome!


  • Friday, March 11, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    TBA


  • Friday, April 8, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

    Guest: Dr. Peter Sachs Collopy (personal website)
    Reading TBA
    Guest sessions are moderated.
    We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
    All are welcome!
     


  • Friday, May 13, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

    Guest visit: Dr. Mara Mills (Media, Culture and Communication, NYU / personal website)
    Reading TBA
    Guest sessions are moderated.
    We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
    All are welcome.



Past Meetings

  • September 10, 2021

    Guest Visit: Dr. Deirdre Loughridge (Northeastern University, Personal Website)
    Reading: Loughridge, “Automaton Encounters: Vaucanson’s Flute-Player, Graffigny’s Letters & The Pleasure before Anxiety” (work-in-progress)

    Guest sessions are moderated.
    We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate. If you have trouble viewing the readings after you have downloaded them, please email the convenors.
    All are welcome!


Group Conveners

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    Eamonn Bell

    Eamonn Bell is Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Durham University. Most generally, his research examines the history of digital technology in relation to contemporary musical production, consumption, criticism, and analysis. He holds a doctoral degree in music theory from Columbia University (2019) and a bachelor’s degree in music and mathematics from TCD (2013). His current project, a media history of the audio CD format, is funded by the Irish Research Council under the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

     

  • Brian Miller

    Brian A. Miller earned his Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University in 2020, where he has also served as a lecturer. His research focuses on the role of computation in both the intellectual history and current practice of music theory, particularly in relation to the work of music theorist Leonard Meyer and his influential theory of musical style. His work on computer improvisation and the stylistic modeling of jazz recently appeared in Music Theory Online. He previously completed a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas.

     

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    Ezra Teboul

    I'm a researcher, artist and producer working on practice-based histories of electronic music and electricity-using technology more generally. I have a B.A. from Hampshire College, an A.M. from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I've authored and co-authored papers in various audio engineering, philosophy, digital humanities, computing, and electronic music outlets, and I've presented at 4S, SHOT, SIGCIS and NESTS, in addition to invited talks at the Berlin University of Arts, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, or the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. I've released three records with Karl Hohn under the name "Passive Tones," exhibited in galleries in the US, Canada, and Germany, and performed in the US, Canada, France, and Denmark. I am currently co-editing a collection on modular synthesis for Routledge (due 2023). You can see a more detailed list of past and upcoming publications and projects here or various updates there.

     

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