Gamble, S. (in preparation) How Music Empowers: Listening to Modern Rap and Metal. Abingdon: Routledge.

Gamble, S. (2019) ‘Empowerment in rap music listening ft. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Backstreet Freestyle’’, in Braae, N. and Hansen, K. A. (eds.) On Popular Music and Its Unruly Entanglements. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.165–185.

Gamble, S. (2019) ‘Breaking down the breakdown in twenty-first-century metal’, Metal Music Studies, 5(3), pp.337–354,

Gamble, S. (2019) ‘Listening to virtual space in recorded popular music’, in  Gullo, J. et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th Art of Record Production Conference: Mono: Stereo: Multi. Stockholm: Royal College of Music (KMH) & Art of Record Production, pp. 105–18. Available through DiVA here.

Gamble, S. (2019) Review of ‘Posthuman Rap. By Justin Adams Burton. New York: Oxford University Press. 2017. 155 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-023546-8’, Popular Music, 38(1), pp. 142–4. Available through Cambridge Core share here.

Research Presentations:

‘CIPHER Gems: Networking Hip Hop Knowledges’, with Ophelia McCabe, Warrick Moses, Jason Ng, and Griff Rollefson, Breaking Rules – European Hip Hop Studies Network Conference, Online (hosted by Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst), September 2020.

‘“This is London city, we the hottest in the world”: cultural perceptions of the London scene’s ‘grime renaissance’’, London Calling: 15th IASPM UK & Ireland Conference, Online (hosted by the University of West London), May 2020.

‘U.S. hip-hop fandom, democratised participation, and other lies of the ‘international’ Internet’, British Association for American Studies 64th Annual Conference, University of Sussex, April 2019.

‘Transcendence in modern metal listening’, Punk Scholars Network 5th Annual Conference/ISMMS, De Montfort University Leicester, December 2018.

‘Rap Royalty: Investigating the online hip-hop mainstream’, Music and the Internet RMA/BFE Study Day, University of Oxford, December 2018.

‘Interpreting flow in 2010s rap music listening’, 54th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association, University of Bristol, September 2018.

Convenor & chair for ‘Theorising genre categorisation in contemporary popular music analysis’ panel, Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice Conference, University of Huddersfield, September 2018.

‘From recorded sound to musical soundworld in popular music listening’, The 12th Art of Record Production Conference, RCM Stockholm, December 2017.

‘Empowerment and embodiment in rap music’, International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference 2017, University of Kassel, June 2017.

‘Community empowerment in postmillennial metal music’, Memory and Perception, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London, November 2016.

‘Empowerment in postmillennial metal and rap’, ‘Move On Up’ symposium, Kingston University, September 2016.

Invited chair for ‘Metal & Hip-Hop’ panel, IASPM UK & Ireland Biennial Conference, The Clarendon Centre, Brighton, September 2016.

‘The rap persona as a model of empowerment in Little Simz’s ‘Bars Simzson”, The Power of Hip Hop: Exchange, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London, July 2016.

‘Empowering sounds in post-millennial rap and metal’, The Sound of Research, TECHNE, Croydon, June 2016.

‘Breakdowns in metal music as mass catharsis’, Metal and MusicologyUniversity of Hull, March 2016.

‘Storytelling personas in Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Art of Peer Pressure”, BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference 2016: Disciplines in Dialogue, Bangor University, January 2016.

‘Understanding space in recorded popular music’ exhibition, TECHNE (un)conference: Kinesis and Stasis, Barbican Centre, London, November 2015.

Invited participant at the International ‘Methods of Popular Music Analysis’ Summer School, University of Osnabrück, September 2015.

‘The rhythmic effects of stereo space in recorded popular music’, Second Westminster-Goldsmiths Symposium for Student Research in Popular Music, University of Westminster, June 2015.


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