Jonathan Sterne is Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format
(Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction
(Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader
(Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age
(Minnesota, 2016). His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; mail by cruise missile; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception. Visit his website at http://sterneworks.org
Work Shared in CORE
Other PublicationsThe Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction
(Duke, 2003). MP3: The Meaning of a Format
edited: The Sound Studies Reader
Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, Tamar Tembeck, eds., The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age
Broadly speaking, right now I am working on instruments and instrumentalities, histories of signal processing, and theories of the body and its faculties in the wake of disability studies.
with Mara Mills, a co-authored book tentatively titled The Speed of Sound, an episodic history of time-stretching and pitch-shifting from blind phonograph hackers in the 1930s to Auto-Tune and Ableton Live.
with Elena Razlogova, an essay on automated music mastering.
Diminished Faculties: A Phenomenology of Impairment
I am starting to poke around in critical studies of artificial intelligence.
Maybe 2017-18 will be the year I finish that essay on an attempt to deliver mail by cruise missile in the 1950s.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences
Fall 2017, I am in residence at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Talks are always listed here: http://sterneworks.org/
MembershipsSCMS. Founding member of Association of Internet Researchers but I’m lapsed. Founding member of the European Sound Studies Association. I also sometimes go to American Studies, International Communication Association, and Canadian Association for Cultural Studies. But I’m more likely to be at a smaller, thematic conference.