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

Music and Psychoanalysis conference at the IMR

Dr Rachel Darnley-Smith and I will be convening a conference on music, psychoanalysis, and music therapy at the Institute of Musical Research on Saturday 19th May 2018. We have released our Call for Papers (deadline 26th November), which you can read in full here. The basic rationale for the conference is as follows: A number … Continue reading Music and Psychoanalysis conference at the IMR

Music and Materialisms Research Network initial meeting

With Prof Isabella van Elferen and Dr Matthew Sergeant, I am one of the conveners of a new research network on “music and materialisms”. We’ll be having our first meeting on 12th December. Our initial ‘Call for Expressions of Interest’ follows! Expressions of interest in initial meeting Tuesday 12th December, 2-4pm Guildhall School of Music … Continue reading Music and Materialisms Research Network initial meeting

The Composition of Posthuman Bodies

I’ve just submitted the revised manuscript for my article on ‘The Composition of Posthuman Bodies’, for a special issue of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media on ‘Bodily Extensions and Performance (Avatars, Prosthetics, Cyborgs, Posthumans)‘. The article focuses on Ferneyhough’s music and posthuman theory. This is scheduled for publication in autumn 2017. … Continue reading The Composition of Posthuman Bodies