I’m a researcher of popular music. I spend a lot of time thinking & writing about how people use & understand music, especially online. A colleague once described me as “relentlessly interpretative”.
(I’m not sure it was a compliment, but there you go).
I am currently working on the European research fellowship Digital Flows, studying internet-based hip-hop music and culture.
Published March 2021
How Music Empowers argues that empowerment is the key to unlocking the long-standing mystery of how music moves us. Drawing upon cutting-edge research in embodied cognitive science, psychology, and cultural studies, the book provides a new way of understanding how music affects listeners. The argument develops from our latest conceptions of what it is to be human, investigating experiences of listening to popular music in everyday life. Through listening, individuals have the potential to redefine themselves, gain resilience, connect with other people, and make a difference in society.
Some things I do
- Publish original research
- Speak at conferences
- Support music producers & engineers with DMGAudio
- Analyse music industry data with MusicID
- Organise the conference Internet Musicking: Popular Music and Online Cultures
- Webmaster for the International Society for Metal Music Studies
- Webmaster for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Studies Network
- Work with CIPHER: Hip Hop Interpellation
- Blog here
- Tweet infrequently
- Make music sometimes
- Walk my very good dog