New book agreed: New Music and the Crises of Materiality

I’m happy to say I’ve just signed a contract (with Routledge) for a new book on contemporary music and materialism, entitled New Music and the Crises of Materiality: Sounding Bodies and Objects in Late Modernity. The writing of this is well underway, and it is scheduled for delivery in mid-2020. The blurb (work in progress) … Continue reading New book agreed: New Music and the Crises of Materiality

Journal of the RMA article on music, objects, and dialectics (forthcoming)

Here’s the abstract for my forthcoming article in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, ‘Strategies of Conquest and Defence: Encounters with the Object in Twentieth-Century Music’: Reacting to recent materialist developments in music studies and beyond, I argue for the value of dialectics in accounting for compositional orientations vis-à-vis its objects – be these … Continue reading Journal of the RMA article on music, objects, and dialectics (forthcoming)

Music and Slavoj Žižek: chapter for edited collection

Here’s the opening of my draft chapter for an upcoming edited collection on music and Žižek, edited by Mauro Fosco Bertola.   Cage, Reich, and Morris: Process and Sonic Fetishism Fetishism is often characterised as the obscuring of the social relations immanent to the processes of production. For the fetishist, power emerges from an autonomous object, … Continue reading Music and Slavoj Žižek: chapter for edited collection

Music and Materialisms 2019 Conference at Visconti Studio, Kingston University

With Matthew Sergeant and Isabella van Elferen I am organising a free conference on Music and Materialisms at Visconti Studio, Kingston University. The deadline for proposals is 10th December. The conference will be held on 23rd February 2019. More details can be found here.

Registration open for ‘Music in the Psychoanalytic Ear’

The conference programme and registration is now available for ‘Music in the Psychoanalytic Ear: Thinking, Listening and Playing’. The conference is at the Institute of Musical Research at Senate House, London, on Saturday 19th May 2018. The conference is free to attend but registration is essential.  

RMA conference panel on Music and Materialism

I’m happy to say that a panel proposal on music and materialism has been accepted for the RMA annual conference, to be held in September at the University of Bristol. This was proposed jointly by me, Isabella van Elferen, and Matthew Sergeant. Under the title, ‘Music and Materialisms: Between Affect, Attitudes, and Affordances‘ the panel … Continue reading RMA conference panel on Music and Materialism