Perceptual Coding & A Sonic Cyberfeminist Theory of Oppression

I’m working on a piece for Annie Goh and Marie Thompson’s special issue on sonic cyberfeminisms. Here’s the part where I work out my theoretical framework: In The Sonic Episteme, I argued that Jonathan Sterne’s concepts of perceptual coding and…

#MeToo Aesthetics & the “Should We Separate Artist From Artwork?” Debate

Here’s the first half of a conference paper. Second half to follow soon (I hope!). Is it morally permissible–or even possible at all–to enjoy artworks by artists whose beliefs and actions are racist, sexist, or otherwise oppressive? This is not…

Love Shack

Hitting the Hot 100 in 1989, The B-52s “Love Shack” was one of the two recently-charting songs my high school marching band regularly played between 1992 and 1996; the other was “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” That my evangelical band director…

Dr. J’s “Don’t Be A Jerk” Classroom Technology Policy

My main concern is that you practice using the technologies and methods that help you think and learn best. Different things will work for different people. And that’s good! The more different kinds of thinkers and learners we have making…

Pop Music, Politics, and Reproductive Labor

Western political imaginaries tend to be governed by a zero-sum logic in which the only way to fix an injustice is to get rid of it and replace it with something else. For example, there’s a common assumption across both…

Some Notes on “Cosmic Thing” & Why It Is ‘Important’

These are really just notes, jotting down some ideas I had in the car yesterday for future reference. There’s a book project in here somewhere.   Most writing on The B-52s foregrounds their identities–queer, southern–and leaves the music in the…

My Keynote at The Future/Present: Current Practices in Pop Music Studies

I’m giving a keynote talk at The Future/Present: Current Practices in Pop Music Studies in Uppsala on Tuesday. Here’s the text of my talk.

New Introduction to The Sonic Episteme

I’ve made some major revisions to the intro of The Sonic Episteme, which you can read here.

Popular Feminism and Popular Music

I’m giving a talk Friday on Popular Music and Popular Feminism. Here’s the text.

Running, Breathing, and the Choreosonics of Singing

People always talk about using BPM to help with their workouts, but to me that’s only a fraction of what I rely on music for when I run. Ever since I read Ashon Crawley’s discussion of “choreosonics”–sounds and the choreographics…