Solfeggio Frequencies: hey music theorists, I did the math (and whooo is it weird)

I have a piece coming out in Real Life about pseudoscientific wellness trends like solfeggio frequencies. In researching that piece I did the math to figure out if and how the 9 frequencies identified by this theory have any connection…

“Individual Responsibility” and the visual rhetoric of COVID-19

As Jennifer Reich writes in her study of anti-vax moms in Colorado, “public health [is] in direct contradiction to neoliberalism.” Neoliberalism is all about transforming everything into a private market; from this perspective, public health measures create perverse incentives which…

Horizon, Capacity, and Toxic NRG

I’ve been working on some material that follows up on the work I’ve done in my past two books and thinks about resilience and melancholy in the context of post-probabilist and/or speculative neoliberalisms. This piece is some of the first…

Enrolling in my online Fall 2020 “Theories of Neoliberalism” grad/undergrad seminar as a non-UNCC student

As part of UNCC’s plan to have a mix of F2F, hybrid, and fully online courses in the fall to deal with COVID-19, my 4000/5000 level seminar has been moved fully online. This means that it’s possible for non-local people…

The Sonic Episteme PODCAST

So, I was supposed to go on a book tour of sorts this spring. For obvious reasons that didn’t happen. So, I thought I’d make a podcast series about the book. Each short episode covers one of the book’s chapters,…

Gaga’s “Stupid Love”

So I don’t have a comprehensive theory of Gaga’s new return-to-EDM-pop single “Stupid Love”–or at least I don’t have one yet (it’s kinda hard to do big-picture thinking while I have to redesign all my classes and generally freak out…

Workshopping “What Was The Modern Rock 500?”

This week I’m workshopping my “What Was The Modern Rock 500?” talk that I’ll give in Spring 2021 as part of the AMS Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lectures. You can find the text of the talk here.

On the “Blue Monday” WONDER WOMAN 84 trailer

The new trailer for Wonder Woman 84 is soundtracked to New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Originally released in 1983, the song sonically sets the film in its eponymous period. However, the trailer doesn’t appear to use the original 83 version, but…

"Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?" On Perc's "Unelected"

“Ever Get The Feeling You’ve Been Cheated?” On Perc’s “Unelected”

As a producer of mostly lyricless techno, Perc (Ali Wells) is often asked how he communicates his very outspoken political views in his music. In a 2018 interview with Festicket, he explained I’m definitely politically aware and try to bring…

“High Hopes,” “Bad Guy,” and Chill Moods: On Resilience in Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms

I’m giving a talk in the music department at Pitt on Tuesday Nov. 19 at 7pm. Here’s the full text of the talk; intro below. This connects my work in my last two books to my new work on post-probabilist…