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.
I'm giving a prerecorded online presentation for the 15th IASPM UK&I conference. My paper is in Session 1: Multiculturalism and Diaspora., a session which features some excellent scholars. I highly recommend watching Mykaell Riley's keynote, which details the Bass...
Today I received the first printing of On Popular Music and Its Unruly Entanglements, published by Palgrave Macmillan at the very tail end of 2019. (Happy New Year!) Edited by Nick Braae and Kai Arne Hansen, the book includes eleven essays...
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...