Exploring the Vocal Aesthetics of Age

Emily Baker is currently identifying a range of case studies through which to explore how Age manifests itself in the voice. During 2015 she presented papers on this research at the Postgraduate conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and the University of Cambridge. Whilst shaping chapters for her doctoral thesis around singer-songwriters Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell, Emily is also preparing to present a paper for a conference on gender and music at Öbebro University. Her paper at the Sweden event will explore the application of autotune to older voices and the implications of this.


James Millea is investigating the relationship between hip hop music and the soundscape of the New Black Realist films of the 1990s. Specifically, his doctoral research focuses on how the aesthetics of hip hop is mediated through film, reshaping the possibilities and functions of the filmic soundtrack. James argues that in mapping the aesthetics of hip hop music and the (re)structuring and (re)organisation of sonic material, we can explore how African-American mélomanes at the turn of the twentieth-century used film and its soundscape to explore their contemporary, subcultural existence.