Sound Signatures http://soundsignatures.org Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:57:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 Lisa Gitelman http://soundsignatures.org/lisa-gitelman/ Sun, 14 Jul 2013 04:00:54 +0000 http://soundsignatures.org/?p=149 Continue reading ]]> Lisa_GitelmanLisa Gitelman is a media historian whose research concerns American book history, techniques of inscription, and the new media of yesterday and today. She is particularly concerned with tracing the patterns according to which new media become meaningful within and against the contexts of older media. Her most recent book is entitled Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture and was published by the MIT Press in 2006. She has a new edited collection, “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron (MIT 2013), while current projects include a monograph, Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents, forthcoming from Duke. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and is a former editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. She joins Steinhardt after teaching at Harvard University and at The Catholic University of America.

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Karin Bijsterveld http://soundsignatures.org/karin-bijsterveld/ Sun, 14 Jul 2013 04:00:29 +0000 http://soundsignatures.org/?p=183 Continue reading ]]> Karin_BijsterveldKarin Bijsterveld is historian and professor in the Department of Technology and Society Studies, Maastricht University. She coordinates several funded research projects at the crossroads of Science and Technology Studies and Sound Studies. One of these is Sonic Skills: Sound and Listening in Science, Technology and Medicine. Bijsterveld is author of Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century (MIT Press, 2008), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies (Oxford UP 2012, with Trevor Pinch) and Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices (Amsterdam UP 2009, with José van Dijck). Recently, she edited Soundscapes of the Urban Past: Staged Sound as Mediated Cultural Heritage (Transcript 2013). An upcoming publication is Sound and Safe: A History of Listening Behind the Wheel (with Eefje Cleophas, Stefan Krebs and Gijs Mom), to be published by Oxford University Press.

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Julia Kursell http://soundsignatures.org/julia-kursell/ Sun, 14 Jul 2013 03:00:06 +0000 http://soundsignatures.org/?p=243 Continue reading ]]> JULIA KURSELLJulia Kursell is professor of musicology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Before coming to Amsterdam, she worked as research fellow at Bauhaus University in Weimar and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her research interests include the history of the physiology and psychology of hearing, as well as the relation between music, media and technology in Western composition after 1945. She has published widely in these areas in journals such as Configurations, Greyroom, OASE. Most recently, the volume “Music, Sound, and the Laboratory”, co-edited with A.E. Hui and M.W. Jackson, has come out with Chicago UP. 

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Jonathan Sterne http://soundsignatures.org/jonathan-sterne/ Sun, 14 Jul 2013 02:00:46 +0000 http://soundsignatures.org/?p=180 Continue reading ]]> JSSterne-hi-rezJonathan Sterne teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science Program at McGill University. He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012). Visit his website at http://sterneworks.org.

 

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Emily Thompson http://soundsignatures.org/emily-thompson/ Sun, 14 Jul 2013 02:00:44 +0000 http://soundsignatures.org/?p=151 Continue reading ]]> Emily_ThompsonEmily Thompson is a historian of technology who studies late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. Her research explores the cultural history of sound, music, noise, and listening, and focuses on how these phenomena and activities intersect with technologies like the phonograph, motion pictures, and architecture.

Professor Thompson’s current research focuses upon the transformation of technical work during the transition from silent to sound motion pictures in the American film industry. Her book-in-progress, Sound Effects, will examine the working lives of sound engineers, editors, musicians, projectionists, and other technicians associated with the production and exhibition of films in the U.S.,1925-1933.

She has also written about the Pathé Studio fire of 1929, a deadly fire on a motion picture sound stage in Manhattan that led to criminal investigations against the Pathé studio executives that, in turn, played a role in exposing the political corruption that permeated the Tammany Hall government of City Hall and led to the resignation of New York City’s Mayor Jimmy Walker in 1932.

She is currently developing a website, “The Roaring ‘Twenties,” in collaboration with the USC-sponsored online journal Vectors.  This site will explore how the interactive multimedia capabilities of the web can be used to construct a historical representation of noise in New York City in the late 1920s.

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