Dr. Steven Gamble

I’m a researcher of popular music, and I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about how listening to music makes people feel. A colleague once described me as “relentlessly interpretative”. (I’m not sure it was a compliment, but there you go).

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How Music Empowers

Listening to Modern Rap and Metal

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.

Through listening to rap and metal, individuals have the potential to redefine themselves, gain resilience, connect with other people, and make a difference in society.

Recent posts

New Article: Breaking down the breakdown…

Metal Music Studies issue 5.3 has just been published, featuring my article 'Breaking down the breakdown in twenty-first-century metal'. In the article: I introduce the breakdown as a formal structure identified in certain styles of modern metal, especially...