Sound Studies

Sound Studies


Interviews with scholars of Sound Studies about their new books.

Test Subjects

June 17, 2024

Test Subjects

Mara Mills
Hosted by Mack Hagood

Season Two erupts in our ears with a film-noir soundscape—an eerie voice utters strange and disjointed phrases and echoing footsteps lead to sirens an…

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, "Sound in Indian Film and Audiovisual Media: History, Practices and Production" (Amsterdam UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

Sound in Indian Film and Audiovisual Media

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Hosted by Priyam Sinha

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay’s book Sound in Indian Film and Audiovisual Media: History, Practices and Production (Amsterdam UP, 2023) is an exhaustive at…

Screwed and Chopped

June 10, 2024

Screwed and Chopped

Langston Collin Wilkins
Hosted by Mack Hagood

Since the 1990s, many of Houston’s African American residents have customized cars and customized the sound of hip hop. Cars called “slabs” swerve a s…

Corey J. Miles, "Vibe: The Sound and Feeling of Black Life in the American South" (U Mississippi Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024


Corey J. Miles
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In Vibe: The Sound and Feeling of Black Life in the American South (University of Mississippi Press, 2023), Corey J. Miles narrates how southern Black…

Matthew D. Morrison, "Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States" (U California Press, 2024)

June 5, 2024


Matthew D. Morrison
Hosted by Nathan Smith

Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States (U California Press, 2024) explores the sonic history of blackface minstrelsy and the r…

Data Streams

June 3, 2024

Data Streams

Leah Barclay and Teresa Barrozo
Hosted by Mack Hagood

On July 18th this year, Teresa Barrozo‘s question — What might the Future sound like? — will be opened to global participation. We bring news of World…

Ears Racing

May 27, 2024

Ears Racing

Jennifer Stoever
Hosted by Mack Hagood

This episode, we talk with Jennifer Lynn Stoever–editor of the influential sound studies blog Sounding Out!–about her new book, The Sonic Color Line: …

Dirty Rat

May 20, 2024

Dirty Rat

Brian House
Hosted by Mack Hagood

This time we talk with a fascinating sound artist and composer Mack met at a recent meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. As h…

City of Voices

May 13, 2024

City of Voices

Shannon Mattern
Hosted by Mack Hagood

This episode we have a single longform interview with a media scholar of note–The New School’s Shannon Mattern. We have teamed up with Mediapolis, a j…

Dead Air

May 6, 2024

Dead Air

John Biguenet and Rodrigo Toscano
Hosted by Mack Hagood

On our first episode of Phantom Power, we ponder those moments when the air remains unmoved. Whether fostered by design or meteorological conditions o…

Richard Beaudoin, "Sounds As They Are: The unwritten music in classical recordings" (Oxford UP, 2024)

April 2, 2024

Sounds As They Are

Richard Beaudoin
Hosted by Nathan Smith

In a recording, what sounds count as music? Sounds made by a musician's body--including inhales, finger taps, and grunts--have for decades been dismis…

Steve Ferzacca, "Sonic City: Making Rock Music and Urban Life in Singapore" (NUS Press, 2021)

February 29, 2024

Sonic City

Steve Ferzacca
Hosted by Khadeeja Amenda

The basement of a veteran shopping mall located in the central business district of Singapore affords opportunities to a group of amateur and semi-pro…

Chen-Pang Yeang, "Transforming Noise. A History of Its Science and Technology from Disturbing Sounds to Informational Errors, 1900-1955" (Oxford UP, 2023)

January 30, 2024

Transforming Noise

Chen-Pang Yeang
Hosted by Pamela Fuentes

Today, the concept of noise is employed to characterize random fluctuations in general. Before the twentieth century, however, noise only meant distur…

Carolyn Birdsall, "Radiophilia" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

December 31, 2023


Carolyn Birdsall

A century ago, the emergence of radio, along with organized systems of broadcasting, sparked a global fascination with the 'wonder' of sound transmiss…

Matthew F. Jordan, "Danger Sound Klaxon!: The Horn That Changed History" (U Virginia Press, 2023)

November 17, 2023

Danger Sound Klaxon!

Matthew F. Jordan
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Danger Sound Klaxon!:The Horn That Changed History (University of Virginia Press, 2023) reveals the untold story of the Klaxon automobile horn, one of…

Pavitra Sundar, "Listening with a Feminist Ear: Soundwork in Bombay Cinema" (U Michigan Press, 2023)

November 15, 2023

Listening with a Feminist Ear

Pavitra Sundar
Hosted by Khadeeja Amenda

Pavitra Sundar's book Listening with a Feminist Ear: Soundwork in Bombay Cinema (U Michigan Press, 2023) is a study of the cultural politics and possi…

Bonnie Gordon, "Voice Machines: The Castrato, the Cat Piano, and Other Strange Sounds" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

August 31, 2023

Voice Machines

Bonnie Gordon
Hosted by Nathan Smith

Italian courts and churches began employing castrato singers in the late sixteenth century. By the eighteenth century, the singers occupied a celebrit…

Brett Brehm, "Kaleidophonic Modernity: Transatlantic Sound, Technology, and Literature" (Fordham UP, 2023)

June 16, 2023

Kaleidophonic Modernity

Brett Brehm

What stories remain hidden behind one of the most significant inventions of the nineteenth century? Kaleidophonic Modernity: Transatlantic Sound, Tech…

The Electro-Library with Jared Green (EF, JP)

June 15, 2023

The Electro-Library

Jared Green

Way back in 2019, Elizabeth and John were already thinking about collaboration. Here they speak with Jared Green and explore The Electro-Library, a p…

Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski: The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early 21st Century

June 1, 2023

Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski

Dhanveer Singh Brar
Hosted by MIT Press

Joy White, author of Terraformed, speaks with Dhanveer Singh Brar about his forthcoming book Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski, Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski a…