About Eamonn Bell

Eamonn Bell is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Music, Trinity College Dublin. His current research project explores how the once-ubiquitous digital audio Compact Disc (CD) format was designed, subverted, reproduced and domesticated for musical ends. More generally, his research examines the history of digital technology as it relates to musical production, consumption, and criticism in the twentieth century. He completed his doctoral studies in music theory at Columbia University in May 2019, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin (2013).
Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
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NBN Episodes hosted by Eamonn:

Benjamin Steege, "An Unnatural Attitude: Phenomenology in Weimar Musical Thought" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

July 7, 2021

An Unnatural Attitude

Benjamin Steege
Hosted by Eamonn Bell

“What are we thinking about when we think about music in non-naturalistic terms?” asks Benjamin Steege—Associate Professor of Music Theory, Columbia U…

Makis Solomos, "From Music to Sound: The Emergence of Sound in 20th and 21st-century Music" (Routledge, 2019)

May 21, 2021

From Music to Sound

Makis Solomos
Hosted by Eamonn Bell

In From Music to Sound: The Emergence of Sound in 20th and 21st-century Music (Routledge, 2019), Makis Solomos (Professor of Musicology, University of…

Gascia Ouzounian, "Stereophonica: Sound and Space in Science, Technology, and the Arts" (MIT Press, 2021)

March 16, 2021


Gascia Ouzounian
Hosted by Eamonn Bell

As common as it is today to speak of the relative “height” of musical pitches or of the sense of “vocal space” as it opened up by particular recording…

Mack Hagood, "Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control" (Duke UP, 2019)

August 12, 2020


Mack Hagood
Hosted by Eamonn Bell

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? I…

Rachel Mundy, "Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening" (Wesleyan UP, 2018)

July 7, 2020

Animal Musicalities

Rachel Mundy
Hosted by Eamonn Bell

“What makes song sparrows, Verdi, medieval monks, and minstrelsy part of the same taxonomy?” So asks—and answers—Rachel Mundy, who is Assistant Profes…

Nick Prior, "Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society" (SAGE, 2018)

May 18, 2020

Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society

Nick Prior
Hosted by Eamonn Bell

Nick Prior—Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Edinburgh—discusses his new book, Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society (SAGE …

Thor Magnusson, "Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions" (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

April 15, 2020

Sonic Writing

Thor Magnusson
Hosted by Eamonn Bell

In Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), Thor Magnusson (@thormagnusson)--musician, …