Education

   2005: Ph.D., Composition and Theory; Concentration in Historical Musicology, University of Pittsburgh

   Dissertation: The Musical Semiotics of Timbre in the Human Voice / static takes love’s body; advisor: Mathew Rosenblum

   2003: M.A., Composition and Theory, University of Pittsburgh

   2001: B.Mus., Music Theory and Composition, The College of Wooster

   2001: B.A., English, The College of Wooster

   1996 – 1998: Studies in music, Dartmouth College

Academic Positions

   2013 - present: Assistant Professor, School of Music, Ithaca College  

   2012 - 2013: Visiting Assistant Arts Professor, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

   2007 - 2013: Assistant Professor, School of Music, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida

   2005 - 2006: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Music, The College of William and Mary

   2002 - 2005: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh

Selected Courses Taught

    Graduate - Dissonance, Cacophony, and Noise

    Graduate - Music and Language

    Graduate - Schenkerian Analysis

    Graduate - Analytical Techniques   

    Graduate - Approaches to the 20th-Century Canon

    Graduate - Song from Schubert to the Present   

    Graduate - Music Theory Review

    Undergraduate - Artists and Audiences

    Undergraduate - Punk and the Making of Self

    Undergraduate - The Electronic Avant-Garde

    Undergraduate - How Music Works

    Undergraduate - Seminar on Timbre

    Undergraduate - Rock Styles Since 1955

    Undergraduate - Music Theory Sequence, including ear training (4 levels, incl. post-1900)

    Undergraduate - Modal and Tonal Counterpoint (2 levels)

    Undergraduate - Arranging for Voice and Instruments

    Undergraduate - Form and Analysis (2 levels)

    Undergraduate - Writing the Hit Song

    Undergraduate - Advanced Songwriting Seminar

    Undergraduate - Rudiments of Music Theory

    Undergraduate - Supervised Research Tutorials in Acoustics

    Undergraduate - Supervised Research in Set Theory

    Mixed - Electronic and Computer Music (2 levels)

    College Prep - Taking Pop Seriously

Books

   2013: Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music, Oxford University Press

   2013: Flood, with Philip Sandifer, Continuum / Bloomsbury Academic

Articles and Chapters

   2017: “Punking the Bibliography: RE/Search Publications and Subcultural History as Future,” in Ripped and Torn: Punk, Fanzines and Agency from 1976. Matthew Worley, ed., Manchester University Press (accepted)

   2017:  “’Let’s Make Love Before You Die’: How the Normal Modeled the 1980s in the 1970s,” in 40 Years of Mute Records: through Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, New Order and more. Zuleika Beaven, Marcus O'Dair, Richard Osborne, eds. (accepted)

   2015: “Burning Down Freedom’s Road: The Strange Life of ‘Brown Baby,’” in This Is the Sound of Irony. Katherine L. Turner, ed., Ashgate Press

   2014: "Post-punk," in Oxford Music Online

   2014: Review of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation, in Journal of Popular Music Studies, vol. 26, no. 2

   2011: “In C on its Own Terms: a Statistical and Historical View,” in Perspectives of New Music, vol. 49, no. 1

   2008: “Lacan’s Mirror Stage Through Mutual Reference in the Works of Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos,” in ImageTexT, vol. 4, no. 1

   2007: Review of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984, in Popular Music and Society, vol. 30, no. 2

Articles Under Review

   “What You Hear Is Not a Test: Shininess, the Genre Demo, and Early Hip-Hop”

   “An Irrational Metaphysics of Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata no. 1 for Piano”

   “A Phenomenological Approach to Hearing the Human Voice in Music”

Invited Presentations

   2016: “Listen to my Heartbeat: Notes on Laurie Anderson’s Home of the Brave,” Cornell Cinema, Cornell University

   2008 - 2014: Guest lectures on postpunk music, analysis, and noise in literature classes at Santa Fe College and the University of Florida

   2012: “Absence, Presence, and Pink Floyd,” O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL

   2012: “Applied Literary Criticism: Four Ways to Write About a Song,” New York University

   2009: “Integrating Music Theory into Secondary Education,” to Florida Collegiate Music Educators’ National Conference

   2008: Songwriting Master Class, OutNorth, Anchorage, AK

Conference Presentations and Sessions Chaired

   2015: “What You Hear Is Not a Test: Shininess, the Genre Demo, and Early Hip-Hop,” American Musicological Society National Meeting, Louisville, KY

   2015: “Critical Theory Pedagogy Through Music Video, or, ‘You’re Beautiful, But That Very Utterance Bespeaks a Fundamental Tragedy of Existence’,” IASPM-Canada 2015 Conference, Ottawa, Canada

   2015: “They Might Be Giants’ Flood and Post-Coolness,” American Musicological Society, Greater New York Chapter, New York, NY

   2014: “Who Was Allowed to Rap in the 1980s?: Advertising, Parody, and the Whitewashing of Hip-Hop,” OSU Hip-Hop Festival, Corvallis, OR

   2013: “Burning Down Freedom’s Road: The Strange Life of ‘Brown Baby,’” American Musicological Society National Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

   2013: “Negative Formant Space, ‘O Superman,’ and Meaning,” Audio Engineering Society 135th Convention, New York, NY

   2012: “Industrial Music, Fascism, and Ironic Reversal,” The Art and Politics of Irony, Montreal, Canada

   2012: “Industrial Music, Urban Squatting, and the Berlin Wall,” IASPM-US / EMP 2012 Conference, New York, NY

   2010: “In C on its Own Terms: a Statistical View,” American Musicological Society / Society for Music Theory National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN

   2010: “Resembling the Machine: Technology, Subculture, and Industrial Music in the 21st Century,” Livewire Festival, Baltimore, MD

   2009: “Voice, Body, and Being: a Timbral Phenomenology of Singing,” Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VII, St. John’s, Canada

   2008: “Traversing the Borders of Industrial Music: Nine Inch Nails and States of Artistic Empowerment,” The Art of Record Production, Lowell, MA

   2008: “Vocal Timbre and the Canvas of Meaning,” American Musicological Society Southeast Chapter Conference, Boone, NC

   2008: “Toward a Negative Aesthetic of Old Roman Chant?,” International Congress on Medieval Studies 2008, Kalamazoo, MI

   2008: “A Spectrographic Approach to Negative Formant Space in the Human Voice,” Theory Forum 2008, Tallahassee, FL

   2007: “‘Coolifying’ Germany’s Past and Present: Reading the U.S. Popularity of Rammstein’s ‘Du Hast,’” IASPM-US / IASPM-Canada 2007 Conference, Boston, MA

   2007: “Industrial Music as Cure and Disease,” Conference of the Popular Culture Association, Boston, MA

   2005: “Crowd Noise and the Hyperreal,” The Art of Record Production, London, England

   2005: “The Musical Semiotics of Timbre in the Human Voice,” Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, Montreal, Canada

Conference Sessions Chaired

    2015: Rock, Music Theory Society of New York State, Binghamton, NY

    2012: Popular Music and Protest, American Musicological Society / Society for Music Theory / Society for Ethnomusicology National Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Other Publications and Appearances

    2016: Liner notes to Haujobb, Homes & Gardens, Dependent Records

    2013 - 2016: Numerous freelance journalism pieces at sites including Slate.com and PopMatters.com

    1999 - 2016: Numerous magazine, radio, and web interviews concerning recordings and publications

    2006: Liner notes to Relâche, Press Play, Meyer Media

    1997 - 2000: Twelve feature articles in Interface Magazine

Performances

   Over one hundred performances of electronic and acoustic music in classical, folk, jazz, and pop idioms, in twenty-nine states

Selected Performance Discography

   2015: Seeming. Worldburners, Artoffact Records

   2014: Seeming. Madness & Extinction, Artoffact Records

   2014: Seeming. Silent Discovery, Artoffact Records

   2006: ThouShaltNot. Land Dispute, Dancing Ferret Discs

   2003: ThouShaltNot. The White Beyond, Dancing Ferret Discs

   2002: ThouShaltNot. You'll Wake Up Yesterday, ADSR Musicwerks

   2001: ThouShaltNot. The Holiness of Now, ADSR Musicwerks

   2000: ThouShaltNot. ThouShaltNot, ADSR Musicwerks

Selected Production and Remix Discography

   2015: Caustic, “Attention Please,” Negative Gain Productions

   2015: iVardensphere, “Stygian,” Metropolis Records

   2015: V▲LH▲LL, “Einhärjar,” Artoffact Records

   2012: Ego Likeness, “Severine” Metropolis Records

   2011: Caustic, “Chewing Glass at the Zoo” Metropolis Records

   2009: Iris, “Imposter” Metropolis Records

   2006: Stromkern, “Reminders” WTII Records

   2005: Lunascape, “Mindstalking” Dancing Ferret Discs

   2004: The Last Dance, “Voices” Dancing Ferret Discs

   2003: Alphaville, “Inside Out” Navigator Records

   2003: Furnace St., “Sunday Driver” Furnasty Music

   2003: Hungry Lucy, “Telltale Shot,” “Stay” Alpha Matrix

   1998: Zia, “Disevolve” Ziaspace

Composition and Scoring

   Many works of chamber, choral, and orchestral music; numerous scores for television, games, short film. Samples and lists available upon request.

Awards, Grants, and Commissions

   2014: Best Research in Recorded Rock Music Certificate of Merit, Association for Recorded Sound Collections (for Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music)   

   2014: Album of the Year, I Die You Die (for Madness & Extinction)

   2014: Track of the Year, A Model of Control (for “The Burial”)

   2012: AMS 75 PAYS Endowment Subvention

   2012: Nomination for Teacher of the Year, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida

   2011: University of Florida Scholarship Enhancement Fund Grant

   2010: Nomination for Teacher of the Year, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida

   2008: University of Florida Scholarship Enhancement Fund Grant

   2007: Nomination for Teacher of the Year, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida

   2007: Philadelphia Cultural Fund Grant (written and acquired for Relâche)

   2007: PMP Special Projects Grants (written and acquired for Relâche)

   2006: Advanta Foundation Small Arts Support Grant (written and acquired for Relâche)

   2006: Arthur Judson Foundation Grant (written and acquired for Relâche)

   2006: The Musical Fund Society Grant (written and acquired for Relâche)

   2006: Commission for composition from Roland Park School, Baltimore MD

   2006: Nomination for Teacher of the Year, The College of William and Mary

   2003 - 2004: Andrew C. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

   2001 - 2002: Provost’s Humanities Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

   2001: Best New Artist, In Rhythmus Bleiben

   2001: Departmental Honors, Department of English, The College of Wooster

   1997 - 2001: Byron C. Morris Leadership Scholarship, The College of Wooster

   1997 - 2001: College Scholars Program, The College of Wooster

Editorial Duties

   2016: Guest Editor, Journal of Musicological Research (Special Issue: Music and the Occult)

   2012 - present: Peer reviews for Journal for the Study of American Music, Music Theory Online, Consumption Markets & Culture, Arts In Action, ImageTexT, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Bloomsbury, The Art of Record Production conference

Dissertation and Thesis Committees

   Six Ph.D. committees (two current; four completed)

   Seven M.A. committees (seven completed)

Additional Professional Positions

   1999 - present: Producer / remixer / recording artist, Artoffact Records / Dancing Ferret Discs / ADSR Musicwerks

   2006 - 2007: Executive Director, Relâche Ensemble

   1994 - 2005: Music Director / DJ / concert promoter, Strand Theatre / WDCR / WFRD / WCWS

   1997 - 2003: Various research assistant and tutoring positions, Dartmouth College / The College of Wooster / The Princeton Review

   1997 - 2000: Associate Editor, Interface Magazine

Service and Activities

   2016 - present:    Treasurer, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, United States

   2016 - present:    Chair and founder, Ithaca Music Forum

   2015 - present:    First-Year Seminar Steering Committee, Ithaca College

   2015 - present:    Curriculum Committee, School of Music, Ithaca College

   2015 - 2016:    Music Theory Search Committee, Ithaca College

   2013 - 2015:    Assessment Committee, Ithaca College

   2012 - 2013:    Curriculum Committee, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

   2012 - 2013:    Admissions, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

   2009 - 2013:    Chair and founder, Popular Music Study Group, American Musicological Society

   2008 - present: Music Theory Pedagogy Interest Group, Society for Music Theory

   2008 - present: Popular Music Interest Group, Society for Music Theory

   2008 - present: Peer reviewer, Oxford University Press / The Art of Record Production / ImageTexT / Music and Arts in Action

   2009 - 2012: Curriculum Committee, School of Music, University of Florida

   2007 - 2011: Council of Representatives, School of Music, University of Florida

   2008 - 2010: Scholarship Committee, School of Music, University of Florida

   2007 - 2010: Library Committee, School of Music, University of Florida

   2005 - 2006: Organizer of Music Lecture Series, The College of William and Mary

   2001 - 2003: Secretary and Treasurer, Graduate Student Organization, University of Pittsburgh

Affiliations

   American Musicological Society

   Society for American Music

   Society for Music Theory

   International Association for the Study of Popular Music

   BMI

   American Composers Forum

 

Further materials such as references, teaching philosophy statements, student evaluations, lists of mentors and master classes, writing samples, recordings, and scores are available upon request.