Social Media Explainer Assignment–with student examples

I tried out a new type of assignment this fall for the midterm in my existentialism class, and it worked so well I wanted to share both the assignment itself and some of the smart, sophisticated work that my students…

My comments for The Sonic Episteme Book Session at SPEP 2021

I am honored that The Sonic Episteme was chosen for an author-meets-critics session at this year’s SPEP. Here are my comments, which situate the book/its argument, responds to what I’ve gotten from the respondents so far (it’s spicy! come for…

No Genre, Just Vibes: perceiving ourselves the way AI and finance perceive us

This week I’m giving one of the keynotes at the Information Overload: Music Studies in the Age of Abundance conference. It’s virtual, and registration is free. Here is the full text of my talk. This is the first in-depth writing…

First draft of the introduction to my book about WOXY

Some of y’all know that I am writing a book for UNC Press titled “The Future of Rock and Roll: 97X and the fight for true independence.” I finished the full first draft of the book the other day, and…

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…