RESEARCH (PROJECTS)

I study sound, music, media and gender, research-creation, and mobilities. My current research/creation projects include:

Restoration Waves

I am interested in Les Ondes Martenot (les Ondes) and other early electronic musical instruments. My work with les Ondes primarily involves ‘sonic restoration,’ which entails keeping its sounds in play through creative interventions, recording the instrument whenever possible and making all source material/field recordings available to others.

My interest in this instrument involves its historicity: weaving together neglected aspects of the history of les Ondes as a performing instrument, by focusing on its playability and some of its current (and past) interpreters, known as ondistes, and the way the instrument is approached as a museum artifact.

This project is currently funded by the FQRSC.

Publications:

Advocating Sonic Restoration: Les Ondes Martenot in Practice. Wi: Journal of Mobile Media 7(1), 2013.

‘Magic Numbers’

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Cross-dressing to Backbeats: An exploration of the practices, wo/men producers and history of electroclash. (2009-2013)

I recently produced a research-creation dissertation on the emergence of electroclash in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a dominant form of electronic dance music, with a specific focus on studio production practices, history and the gendered politics of electronic music culture. The dissertation addresses the following questions: what is distinct about the genre and its related practices, both in and out of the studio? Why do rock and electro come together at this point and in this way? Why is electroclash affectively powerful for musicians, audiences and listeners? And what does  the genre portend in terms of our understandings of the politics of electronic music?

The project also involves a series of performances, residencies, public talks, and the production of musical works.

Publications:

Cross-dressing to backbeats: the status of the electroclash producer and the politics of electronic music. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 4(2), 2012.

What is Mobilities? (WIM)

In conjunction with the 4th annual conference of the Pan-American Mobilities Network, the MML (Mobile Media Lab) initiated a project to explore the range of interpretations and understandings of mobilities research. The WIM (What is Mobilities?) team  interviewed over 50 conference participants and posted the audio recordings online during the conference. The interviews are brief, intended to furnish an audiophonic “snapshot” of responses.

I am guest editing a forthcoming special edition of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media devoted to this project.

WIM is supported by the Concordia University Chair in Mobile Media Studies and  SSHRC’s “Connections” program (2013).