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

Upcoming RMA Music and Philosophy paper

Here’s the abstract for my upcoming paper at the 6th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group. Adorno’s concept of musical material during and after the New Materialisms Materialist thinking has enabled the reappraisal of music and its associated cultural and aesthetic practices (e.g. Born 2011; Cox 2011; Dolan 2013). Simultaneously, … Continue reading Upcoming RMA Music and Philosophy paper

Practice as Research, Research as Practice, Practices of Research

The discussion of practice as research at today’s LCDS research group got me thinking about its relation to “traditional” academic research. In particular, this converged with a thought that echoed Judith Butler’s discussion of the place of philosophy in non-philosophical disciplines, explored in her Undoing Gender (2004). So, I thought I’d sketch out a couple … Continue reading Practice as Research, Research as Practice, Practices of Research

Music and Psychoanalysis study day

University of Liverpool, 13th November 2013 This week I presented a paper about music analysis and dream analysis at the excellent Music and Psychoanalysis study day. This event brought together a number of interesting speakers and delegates. There was a sense of a (re)emerging subdiscipline within musicology; the speakers and methodologies encountered were diverse nonetheless. … Continue reading Music and Psychoanalysis study day