ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT
2016-
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College
2016-
Lecturer in Music Industry, UCLA
EDUCATION
2016
Ph.D, Musicology. UCLA
Dissertation: “Interface Aesthetics: Sound, Software, and the Ecology of Digital Audio Production.” Committee: Nina Eidsheim, Robert Fink, Timothy D. Taylor
Graduate Certificate: UCLA Digital Humanities (Advisor: Peter Lunenfeld)
2011
M.A., Music (musicology). Tufts University
Thesis: Behind the Beat: Technical and Practical Aspects of Instrumental Hip-Hop
2009
B.M., Music Education. UNH
Minor: Philosophy
AWARDS
Dissertation Year Fellowship (UCLA, 2015-16)
Lise Waxer Student Paper Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology, 2015)
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Distinction (UCLA, 2011-14)
Pauley Fellowship (UCLA, 2011-14)
Friends of Musicology Award for Best Seminar Paper (UCLA, 2012)
PUBLICATIONS
Peer-Reviewed Articles
“Worlds of Sound.” Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 9, no. 2 (January 2016).
“Electronic Dance Music in the Dubstep Era.” In Oxford Handbooks Online. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
“Going Hard: Bassweight, Sonic Warfare, and the ‘Brostep’ Aesthetic.” Sounding Out! January 23, 2014, http://soundstudiesblog.com/2014/01/23/going-hard-bassweight-sonic-warfare-the-brostep-aesthetic/
“How to Reformat the Planet: Technostalgia and the ‘Live’ Performance of Chipmusic.” Journal on the Art of Record Production 6 (2012).
Book Chapters
“'Diggin' in the Carts': Technologies of Play in Hip-Hop Production and Performance.” In Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound, edited by Samantha Bennett and Eliot Bates. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
“Off the Grid: Instrumental Hip-Hop and Experimentalism After the Golden Age.” In The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop, edited by Justin Williams. New York: Cambridge, 2015.
“Bassweight: Dubstep and the Transnational Space of Hip-Hop.” In Hopeless Youth! Tallinn, Estonia: Estonian National Museum, 2015.
Reviews
Review of The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, edited by Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek. Transfers 5 no. 2 (2015).
Review of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording, by David Grubbs. Popular Music and Society 38, no. 3 (2015).
Review of Jay-Z: Essays on Hip-Hop’s Philosopher King, edited by Julius Bailey. Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal 44 (2013).
Review of Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, by Mark Katz. Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal 44 (2013).
Review of Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance, by Kiri Miller. Ethnomusicology Review 17 (2012).
Encyclopedia Entries
“Electronic Music,” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology, edited by Janet Sturman and Geoffrey J. Golson (Sage Publications, forthcoming).
PRESENTED PAPERS
2017
“From the Studio to the Stage: The New Ecology of Digital Audio Production.” Paper presented at the joint meeting for the Northwest and Pacific-Southwest chapters of the American Musicological Society, Los Angeles, California, April 29.
2016
“Off the Grid: Self-Effacing Production in Electronic Dance Music.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Vancouver, BC, November 4.
“New Creation and Location Technologies.” Invited speaker and panel moderator, “Digital Hollywood: Music 2020,” Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, October 20.
“Electronic Music, Computational Aesthetics, and the Californian Ideology.” Poster and workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, Boston, MA.
2015
"'Digging the Carts': Technologies of Play in Hip-Hop Production and Performance.” Society of Ethnomusicology, Austin, TX
"Programming Sound: Computational Thinking in Electronic Music." Pacific-Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society, Riverside, CA
2014
“Off the Grid: Self-Effacing Production in Juke and Footwork.” American Musicological Society, Milwaukee, WI
“Interface.” Invited panelist and performer, “Machine Fantasies: A Workshop on Music Technologies.” Tufts University, Medford, MA
“’Less Work, More Flow’: Embodied Interactivity and the Ecology of Digital Media.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US), Chapel Hill, NC
“The Limits of Digitalism: Hypermasculinity and the New Cultures of Control.” Thinking Gender, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
2013
“Interface Design and Technical Practice in Digital Audio Production Software.” BruinTech, “Tech-a-Thon,” UCLA
“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Critical Perspectives on Miley Cyrus.” Invited panelist, UCLA Cultural Affairs Commission
“The Limits of Digitalism: When Software Becomes Hardware.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US), Austin, TX
2012
“There’s an App for That: Technological Mediation in the Live Performance of Hip-Hop.” Lecture recital presented at the annual meeting for the Society for Ethnomusicology, New Orleans, LA
“Virtue/Virtuosity/Virtuality.” Harvard Graduate Music Forum, “Music and Media,” Cambridge, MA
2011
“How to Reformat the Planet: Technostalgia and the ‘Live’ Performance of Chipmusic.” The Art of Record Production conference, San Francisco, CA
“’Keepin’ It Real’: ‘Liveness’ and the Externalization of the Digital Interface in Instrumental Hip-Hop Production.” Lecture recital presented at the Stony Brook University Graduate Music Symposium, “Perspectives on Performance,” Stony Brook, NY
“Behind the Beat: Technical and Practical Aspects of Instrumental Hip-Hop.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US), Cincinnati, OH
2010
“Behind the Beat: Technical and Practical Aspects of Instrumental Hip-Hop.” Tufts University Graduate Research Symposium, Medford, MA
INVITED LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
2016
“Hip-Hop, Video Games, and Electronic Dance Music.” Lecture recital, Millspace Speaker/Performer Series, Newmarket, NH.
2014
“The Dirty South: Hip-Hop from Atlanta to Sao Paolo.” Class lecture, History of Rock, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
2013
“Sound, Code, and the Aesthetics of Hardware Hacking.” Lecture and workshop, Digital Music Cultures, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
“Bleeps and Bloops: Circuit-Bending and Hacker Music Cultures.” Lecture recital, Music and the Internet, UCLA
2012
“The Ghosts of New Media.” Lecture and workshop, Digital Media: Current Directions, University of California, Irvine, CA
2011
Making Music for Games. Five day workshop on music composition and sound design, New Heights Teen Center, Portsmouth, NH
2010
“Gaming the System: Technical Practice in Video Game Music Composition” Lecture recital, Tufts University, Medford, MA
“Introduction to Hip-Hop Performance and Practice.” Class lecture, History of Rock and Roll, Tufts University, Medford, MA
SELECTED PERFORMANCES
2015
“Love From Afar: A Multimedia Concert.” Sound engineer and laptop performer for audio-visual concert of works by Osvaldo Golijov and Kaija Saariaho, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2014
“Walk Among Worlds.” Sound designer for collaborative installation with graphic artist Máximo González, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2012-2014
“Frequency.” Multimedia performance for the Los Angeles video game music festival, The Smell, Los Angeles, CA
2012-2013
UCLA Game Arts Festival. Artist and DJ, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Boston Cyberarts Festival. Multimedia performance, Atlantic Wharf, Boston, MA
2010
MUSO Presents: The Books and The Attic Bits. Multimedia performance, UNH
2009-2010
Ordnance Multimedia Club Night. 3D installation artist, DJ, electronic musician, Champion’s Café, Boston, MA
2007-2008
Naked Arts—Creativity Exposed. Multimedia performance and collaborative art installation with two actors, a sculptor, and a film student, University of New Hampshire
2007
The Man Who Was Thursday. Real-time streaming media and experimental art collaboration, iArt exhibition, AXIOM Gallery, Boston, MA
2000-
Club performances and electronic music residencies in Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Pitzer College
"Game Sound." Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Fall 2017)
"Popular Music & Digital Culture." Undergraduate Lecturer, 25 students (Fall 2017)
"Introduction to Digital Sound Production." Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Fall 2017)
"Introduction to Digital Media Studies." Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Spring 2017)
"Sound Design." Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Spring 2017)
"Remix Cultures." Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Spring 2017)
“Popular Music & Digital Culture.” Undergraduate Lecturer, 25 students (Fall 2016)
“Introduction to Digital Sound Production.” Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Fall 2016)
UCLA
"Seminar on the Music Industry." Undergraduate Seminar Instructor, 20 students (Spring 2017)
"Seminar on the Music Industry." Undergraduate Seminar Instructor, 20 students (Fall 2016)
“Audio Technology for Musicians.” Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Summer 2016)
“Music Industry, Technology, and Science.” Undergraduate Seminar Instructor, 20 students (Summer 2016)
“Writing About Music.” Undergraduate Lecturer, 20 students (Summer 2015)
“Computational Thinking and the Arts.” Undergraduate Seminar Instructor, 20 students. Honors Interdisciplinary Cluster (Spring 2015).
“Writing About Music.” Teaching Assistant, 20 students (Winter 2015).
“History and Practice of Electronic Dance Music.” Undergraduate Lecturer, 65 students (Summer 2014).
“Music & Gender.” Teaching Assistant, 60 students (Fall 2014).
“Stardom Strategies for Musicians.” Teaching Assistant, 160 students (Winter 2014).
“History and Practice of Electronic Dance Music.” Undergraduate Lecturer, 65 students (Summer 2013).
“The Art of Record Production.” Undergraduate Seminar Instructor, 16 students. Honors Interdisciplinary Cluster (Spring 2013).
“America in the 1960s.” Teaching Assistant, 50 students (2012-2013 Year).
Tufts University
“Music Technology and Digital Culture.” Teaching Assistant, 60 students (Fall 2010).
“History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Teaching Assistant, 150 students (Spring 2010).
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2015-2016
Digital Strategist, UCLA Career Center
2013-2016
Researcher, Music Industry Data, Academic Rights Press
Research Assistant, Nina Eidsheim, UCLA Musicology
Research and Instructional Technology Consultant, UCLA Center for Digital Humanities
2012
Archivist, Center for Primary Research and Training, UCLA Special Collections
SERVICE
Conference and Event Organization
2015
Conference Committee Chair, “Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media, and the Digital Humanities” (UCLA)
Program Committee, American Musicological Society, Popular Music Study Group
Organizational Assistant, “Voice Studies Now” Conference (UCLA)
2012-2014
Program Committee, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US)
Organizational Assistant, University of California Multicampus Research Group
Organizer, UCLA Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series
Program Committee, Echo: A Music-Centered Journal annual conference
Editing
2014-
Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Popular Music Studies
2012-2015
Web Editor, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US)
Technical Editor, Echo: A Music-Centered Journal
Technical Editor, Ethnomusicology Review
Leadership
2014-16
Graduate Student Representative, UCLA Electronic Dance Music Club
2012-2014
Graduate Student Representative, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US)
Election Committee, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US)
PROJECT DESIGN & MANAGEMENT
2017
Web and Graphic Design, "ImaginePhD Student Toolkit," Multicampus Graduate Career Consortium
2016
Web and Graphic Design, “UCLA Master of Social Science Program,” UCLA Division of Social Sciences
2015-2016
Digital Strategist, UCLA Career Center
Project Lead, “Online Encyclopedia of Electronic Dance Music," UCLA Musicology
Lead Design, “Engaging Punk” Online Companion, UCLA Musicology
Web Design, “Unediting the Teaching Text," UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies
User Experience Design, “Keys to Voice Studies” Website, UCLA Musicology
2014-2015
Consultant, “Beyond the Digitized Slide Library: A Digital Art History Institute," UCLA Digital Humanities
Web Design, “Underwater Cultural Heritage,” UCLA Digital Humanities
User Experience Design, UCLA Center for Digital Humanities Website
Consultant, “Online Encyclopedia of African Music,” UCLA Ethnomusicology
2013
Interaction Design, “RomeLab," Mellon Foundation Humanities Virtual Worlds Consortium
Consultant, “Multimedia in the Classroom,” UCLA English Composition
Consultant, “Babelium: Translation Tools for Language Instruction." UCLA Asian Languages and Cultures
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Society for American Music
Society for Music Theory
American Musicological Society
Society for Ethnomusicology
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US)
REFERENCES
Joseph Auner, Professor of Music, Tufts University
Nina Eidsheim, Assistant Professor of Musicology, UCLA (Dissertation Advisor)
Robert Fink, Professor of Musicology, UCLA
Peter Lunenfeld, Professor of Design Media Arts, UCLA
Stephen Mamber, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA
Miriam Posner, Digital Humanities Program Coordinator, UCLA
Timothy D. Taylor, Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCLA