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 11:30 am Eastern Time on third Thursdays of each month.

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Upcoming Meetings

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT

    We'll discuss the Introduction and Chapter 3 of Deirdre Loughridge's Sounding Human (Chicago University Press, 2023).


  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT

    TBA



Past Meetings

  • March 21, 2024

    We'll discuss the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Eric Drott's Streaming Music, Streaming Capital (Duke University Press, 2024).


  • February 15, 2024

    We'll discuss the introduction and Chapter 10 ("Neural Syntheses") from You Nakai, Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor’s Music (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).


  • January 18, 2024

    We'll discuss a draft of Max Bridge's article "Whale Song Becomes a Signal: Revisionist Histories of Humpback Voice Science, 1941-1985."


  • November 16, 2023

    We'll discuss Joe Snape and Georgina Born, "Max, Music Software and the Mutual Mediation of Aesthetics
    and Digital Technologies" from Georgina Born (ed.), Music and Digital Media: A Planetary Anthropology
    https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/187643


  • October 19, 2023

    We'll read and discuss chapters 1 and 4 from Viktoria Tkaczyk's book Thinking with Sound: A New Program in the Sciences and Humanities around 1900
     


  • September 28, 2023

    We'll discuss the introduction and Chapter 4 from Michele Friedner. Sensory Futures: Deafness and Cochlear Implant Infrastructures in India. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2022.
    The book is open access and available here: https://muse.jhu.edu/book/101002%20/
     
     


  • May 18, 2023

    Virdi, J. (2020). Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History. University of Chicago Press.
     

    We'll be discussing chapter 1, Improbable miracles.


  • April 20, 2023

    Noah Kahrs - PhD candidate, University of Rochester
    Chapter title: "Electronic Music’s Separation of Acoustics from Tonality" from a dissertation currently titled: "Composing (with) Theories of Acoustics and Pitch Perception after 1950."


  • March 16, 2023

    Kelli Smith-Biwer (UNC)
    Dissertation chapter 2:  Tangled Technologies: Audio Cables and Midcentury Scientific Masculinity


  • February 16, 2023

    We'll discuss the introduction and first chapter of Fanny Gribenski's new book, Tuning the World: The Rise of 440 Hertz in Music, Science, and Politics, 1859–1955 (Chicago, 2023).
     


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).

     

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    Brian Miller

    Brian A. Miller is a lecturer in the Program in Computing for the Arts and Sciences at the University of Michigan. He completed a Ph.D. in music theory at 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. He has also published on the computer modeling of jazz improvisation and and on Adorno's conception of musical style.

     

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    Magnus Schaefer

    Magnus Schaefer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Magnus works on the early history of digital signal processing in oil prospecting and communications engineering. Magnus holds an M.A. in Art History from Humboldt University, Berlin.

     

     

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