is an ethnomusicologist and recording engineer with a special interest in the social studies of technology. His research examines recording production and the social lives of musical instruments and studio recording technologies.
A graduate of UC Berkeley (2008) and ACLS New Faculty Fellow (2010), he is currently an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He has also taught at the University of Birmingham (UK), Cornell University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently the Vice-President of the Society for Asian Music
, and formerly served on the Board of the Society for Ethnomusicology
He has written two books: Digital Tradition: Arrangement and Labor in Istanbul’s Recording Studio Culture
(Oxford University Press, 2016), and Music in Turkey: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture
(Oxford University Press, 2011)—and, with Samantha Bennett, co-edited Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound
(Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). He is also a performer and recording artist of the 11-stringed oud.
2018 Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound
, co-edited with Samantha Bennett. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. Finalist for Association of American Publishers PROSE award (2019).
2016 Digital Tradition: Arrangement and Labor in Istanbul’s Recording Studio Culture
. Oxford University Press. 122,000 words. Finalist for ASRC Excellence Award.
2011 Music in Turkey: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture.
Global Music Series. Oxford University Press. Mandarin translation published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Persian translation published by the Mahoor Institute in 2018. Journal articles, peer-reviewed
2020 “Resource ecologies, political economies, and the ethics of audio technologies in the anthropocene.” Popular Music.
2019 “Vinyl as event: Record Store Day and the value-vibrant matter nexus.” Journal of Cultural Economy
2019 “Technological Encounters in the Interculturality of Istanbul’s Recording Studios” El Oído Pensante
2019 “Actor Network Theory and Organology.” Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society
2013 “Popular Music Studies and the Problems of Sound, Society and Method.” IASPM@Journal
2012 “The Social Life of Musical Instruments.” Ethnomusicology
2012 “What Studios Do.” Journal on the Art of Record Production
7(1). 12,008 words.
2010 “Mixing for Parlak and Bowing for a Büyük Ses: The Aesthetics of Arranged Traditional Music in Turkey.” Ethnomusicology
2009 “Ron’s Right Arm: Tactility, Visualization, and the Synesthesia of Audio Engineering.” Journal on the Art of Record Production
4(i). Chapters in edited books
(2020) “Feeling Analog: Using Modular Synthesizers, Designing Synthesis Communities.” In The Cultural Study of Musical Instruments
, ed. Stephen Cottrell.
(2020) “The Interface and Instrumentality of Eurorack Modular Synthesis.” In Rethinking Music through Science and Technology Studies
, ed. Christophe Levaux and Antoine Hennion. Routledge.
(2020) “Agency in Contemporary Recording Production.” In Oxford Handbook of the Creative Process in Music
, ed. Nicolas Donin. Oxford.
(2020) “Music in Turkey: Contemporary Recording of Traditional Music.” In Global Music Cultures
, ed. Bonnie Wade and Patricia Campbell. Oxford.
2020 “Recording Studios Since 1970.” In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Music Production
, ed. Simon Zagorski-Thomas and Andrew Bourbon. Bloomsbury.
2014 “Music, Mobility and Distributed Recording Production in Turkish Protest Music,” in Oxford Handbook to Mobile Music
, ed. J. Stanyek and S. Gopinath. New York: Oxford, p 339–60.
2004 “Glitches, Bugs, and Hisses: The Degeneration of Musical Recordings and the Contemporary Musical Work,” in Bad Music: The Music We Love to Hate
, ed. C. Washburne & M. Derno. New York: Routledge, p 212–25. Reviews
2019 Experiencing Armenian Music in Turkey: An Ethnography of Musicultural Memory, by B. Yıldız. Asian Music
2016 The Musicology of Record Production, by S. Zagorski-Thomas. twentieth-century music
2015 Alaturka: Style in Turkish Music, by J. M. O’Connell. Music and Letters
2013 Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia, ed. by A. Rasmussen and D. Harnish. Indonesia
2012 Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music by M. Stokes. the world of music
2011 Recorded Music: Performance, Culture and Technology ed. by A. Bayley. Notes
2010 The World Map of Music: The Edison Phonograph and the Musical Cartography of the Earth. Berlin Phonogram Archive. Ethnomusicology
2005 You Better Work! by Kai Fikentscher. Ethnomusicology
49(2). Reference works
2010 Oxford Bibliographies Online: “West Asia”