New Books Network

Mack Hagood, “Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control” (Duke UP, 2019)
How have we used twentieth- and twenty-first-century sound technologies to carve out sonic space out of the hustle and bustle of contemporary life? In search for an answer, in this episode I speak with Mack Hagood, Blayney Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at Miami University, writer, and podcaster about... Read More
Rachel Mundy, “Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening” (Wesleyan UP, 2018)
“What makes song sparrows, Verdi, medieval monks, and minstrelsy part of the same taxonomy?” So asks—and answers—Rachel Mundy, who is Assistant Professor of Music at Rutgers University–Newark. In her book, Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), Mundy shows how the history of the humanities is... Read More
Kendra Preston Leonard, “Music for the Kingdom of Shadows: Cinema Accompaniment in the Age of Spiritualism” (Humanities Commons, 2010)
We might call movies made before the advent of the talkies in 1927 silent films—but for the audience, they were certainly not silent. Live orchestras and solo instrumentalists accompanied early movies, adding evocative music drawn from pre-existent and newly composed sources. Kendra Preston Leonard, author of Music for the Kingdom... Read More
Alejandra Bronfman, “Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean” (UNC Press, 2016)
The Caribbean has figuratively and literally been entangled in processes of global integration earlier than other parts of the Americas. In Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (UNC Press, 2016), Alejandra Bronfman offers a refreshing perspective to this well-trodden story. In this book, she traces the emergence and growth... Read More
Paul Harkins, “Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies” (Routledge, 2019)
How does technology shape music? In Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies (Routledge, 2019), Paul Harkins, a lecturer in music at Edinburgh Napier University, looks at the relationship between the rise of digital sampling, technology, and music. The book draws inspiration from Science and Technology Studies to explore... Read More
Thor Magnusson, “Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
In Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), Thor Magnusson (@thormagnusson)–musician, Professor of Future Music, and member of the Experimental Music Technologies Lab at the University of Sussex—provides a sweeping overview of the tools and techniques of music-making both before and after the dawn of computing... Read More
Nick Crossley, “Connecting Sounds: The Social Life of Music” (Manchester UP, 2020)
What does music tell us about society? In Connecting Sounds: The Social Life of Music (Manchester University Press, 2020), Nick Crossley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, introduces a relational sociology of music. The book thinks through the social and individual practices of music, the music industry, and... Read More
Kyle Devine, “Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music” (MIT Press, 2019)
What is the human and environmental cost of music? In Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music (MIT Press, 2019), Kyle Devine, an Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo, tells the material history of recorded music, counting the impact of music from the 78 to... Read More
Nina Sun Eidsheim, “The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre and Vocality in African American Music” (Duke UP, 2019)
In 2018, Nicolle R. Holliday and Daniel Villarreal published the results of a study they conducted asking people to rank how “black” President Obama sounded when given four different examples of his speech. Dr. Nina Sun Eidsheim’s latest book, The Race of Sound: Listening Timbre and Vocality in African American... Read More