I am a Professor of Music with a background in the anthropology of music and a DPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. My work has focused on Britain, Europe and the US, with a particular emphasis on Liverpool and other cities, and has explored questions concerning music-making, the music industries and music policy; place, landscape and migration; cities and urban regeneration; heritage, memory and audiences.
My published work includes Decline, Renewal and the City in Popular Music Culture, Rock Culture in Liverpool, and the co-edited Sites of Popular Music Heritage (with Robert Knifton, Marion Leonard and Les Roberts). I am currently engaged in research on musicians and ageing, and working on outputs and initiatives underpinned by the projects Urban Musicscapes, POPID, and The Beat Goes On.
I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Music, where I was appointed after completing my doctoral thesis with Dr Ian Biddle. Born in the year in which both Elvis Presley and Maria Callas died, my research and teaching has covered the works of both artists and more. I am committedly a 'crossover artist' in terms of the musical material I find interesting.
My 'way in' to research is not first and foremost through repertoire, but through questions pertaining to music in culture, especially the voice and vocality, and especially through the critical lenses of queer theory and psychoanalytic theory. This leads me to various musical places, and I am as likely to be found talking about overdubbing in the music of the Carpenters as I am to be read in my research on how camp works musically.
My publications include a chapter on the changing sound of masculinity in opera at the turn of the nineteenth century, my monograph Queer Voices (2011), and forthcoming work on lip-syncing scenes in films. As a teacher, I channel my erstwhile ambitions to be a performer of some variety, and I'm committed to thinking outside of the boxes of pedagogy. Such commitment has been recognised by the Faculty (I won a Faculty Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in 2013), the University (I was the 2009 winner of a University Teaching Award for Excellence in Innovation), the Higher Education Academy (since being awarded Senior Fellowship in 2014), and the Central European University (who shortlisted me for the European Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2014).
My PhD was a study of music industry, rather than ‘The Music Industry’. I understand music industry as the active making of music outcomes – the joint working that takes place between musicians and music companies. The PhD derived from my time in the 80s band Latin Quarter which was successful for a little while. The band carried on after losing its contract with a major record company and was recently reformed, there are now 14 Latin Quarter albums. Our manager went on to manage Oasis and I learned much more music industry from his management of the Gallagher brothers. I published my first book, ‘Music Industries: from conception to consumption’ in 2012 and hope to publish the follow-up, ‘Music Industry and Digitization: from units to uses’, soon. My primary responsibility is to direct the MA in Music Industry Studies and I am in the process of introducing a parallel MA in the Business of Classical Music in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
My interests and expertise centre on the design of architecture - influenced by innovative technology, transient demands, and the arts of film and popular music. I have a twenty year history of researching, designing and writing about mobile architecture, that has inspired and informed more recent interests in film and architecture and music performance space.
I am a registered architect and hold the Roscoe Chair of Architecture at the Liverpool School of Architecture. After qualifying I worked for ten years in large and small practices before taking my first lecturing post at the University of Manchester. I received my Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Manchester and my doctorate from the CNAA.
I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Music and member of the Institute of Popular Music. I am the author of Gender in the Music Industry, co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing Cityand Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places. I am the director of the MA Popular Music Studies programme, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, and formerly held the post of Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) International Executive.
From 2006 to 2008 I worked on secondment to National Museums Liverpool as lead curator for The Beat Goes On, an exhibition about Merseyside's popular music history which was shown at World Museum Liverpool (July 2008 - November 2009). From 2010-2011 I was Principle Investigator on a research project investigating the practical and theoretical issues involved with collecting and representing popular music in museums. The project, conducted in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and the V&A, was funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text programme.
My research interests and practice fall within the areas of urban cultural studies, cultural memory, and digital spatial humanities. With a background in anthropology and cultural studies my work explores the intersection between space, place, mobility, and memory with a particular focus on film and popular music cultures.
I have worked as a researcher across the School of the Arts on the multi-disciplinary projects 'City in Film: Liverpool's Urban Landscape and the Moving Image' (2006-8), 'Mapping the City in Film: a Geo-Historical Analysis' (2008-10), and 'Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity' (POPID) (2010-12). I am the author of 'Film, Mobility and Urban Space: a Cinematic Geography of Liverpool' , editor of 'Mapping Cultures: Place, Practice and Performance' and co-editor of 'Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place' , 'Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-between' , and 'The City and the Moving Image: Urban Projections'.
I am a Reader in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at the University of Liverpool, and my research interests include Brazilian popular music and the use of popular song in both Brazilian and Portuguese popular cinema. I wrote my Phd thesis on the social history of samba lyrics in Rio de Janeiro in the 1930s and 1940s, which was published as a book in Ashgate's Ethnomusicology series. More recently I published a book on the Brazilian-Portuguese singer and film star Carmen Miranda (with the British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan) and co-edited a volume entitled Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Film (Manchester University Press).
I have worked at Liverpool since 2011 after holding posts at Keele and Durham (where I completed my PhD in 2009). My first book, 'Skryabin, Philosophy and the Music of Desire' was published early in 2013, and I have published essays in major international journals on Alexander Skryabin, Karol Szymanowski, Charles Ives and Alexander von Zemlinsky. In addition to my interest in Western art-music from the turn of the twentieth century, I specialize in music theory and Lacanian studies.
My next book is to be a psychological model of twentieth century harmony that examines works by a range of such composers, setting these into theoretical and philosophical contexts based on fin-de-siècle aesthetics. I am also interested in the analysis of popular music and have published on Modest Mouse and Suede. As vice-president and events officer for the Society of Music Analysis, I co-organised the popMAC conference at Liverpool in 2014, and I assist with running conferences around the UK and Europe.
I am a lecturer based in the School of Music. I have published numerous articles on a variety of aspects of popular music culture including DIY music cultures, electronic music and creativity, the history of British black music and music and audiovisual media (such as music video and documentary). I am the co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City and commissioning editor of the Journal Popular Music History which is published by Equinox press.
I am also an active musician and sound artist. My interests currently lie at the intersection of electronica, drone and sound art. Recent collaborative work includes audiovisual installations exhibited at the Wordsworth Trust, Liverpool Biennial 2012, the Bluecoat and FACT. I also have a track record in exploring the use of digital audio technologies in one-off hybrid performances including my work with the Hive Collective at METAL (2012), FutureEverything (2010) and Tate Liverpool (2009).
My two collaborative performances of 'Blue Remix' with the Swiss performance artist Yann Marussich (including the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow) formed part of a project which would receive the award of Distinction: Hybrid Art at the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica. My collaborative album with the pianist Anni Hogan ‘Mountain’ was released by Coldspring records in 2011. My music and commentary have been heard on a variety of radio stations including a broadcast live set and interview for BBC Radio 3 and a central role in BBC Radio 2’s Beyond the Telescope documentary.
I completed my musical training at Seoul National University and my PhD in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at Queen’s University Belfast. I subsequently received grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK and from the International Institute for Asian Studies in the Netherlands that took me to Central Asia, Russia and China. I am a kayagûm zither player and kagok singer. I am currently serving as a council member for the Society for Ethnomusicology and is the UK representative for the World Association for Hallyu Studies.
Recent publications include Korean Musical Drama: P'ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity and Rediscovering Traditional Korean performing Arts.