I am a music theorist and musicologist interested in the analysis — broadly conceived — of extreme metal music. Issues that arise in analyzing this music, such as extreme loudness, rhythmic complexity and the literal and cultural resonances of screamed vocals, require critical examination of the tools of musical and cultural analysis, and facilitates reflection on how musical analysis deals with those issues across other repertoires. This kind of analytical work depends on engagement with multiple modalities of listening, and insists on the lived listening experience as a gateway to understanding sound.

Other Publications

(Forthcoming) “‘Shrieking Soldiers…Wiping Clean the Earth’: Hearing Apocalyptic Environmentalism in the Music of Botanist.” in Popular Music, 38.3.

2018. “‘So Complete in Beautiful Deformity:’ Unexpected Beginnings and Rotated Riffs in Meshuggah’s obZen.” Music Theory Online, 24.3.

2015 “Kentucky: Sound, Environment History – Black Metal and Appalachian Coal Culture.” In Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures. Edited by Toni-Matti Karjalainen and Kimi Kärki. Helsinki: Aalto University and Turku: International Institute for Popular Culture. (Available as an e-Book at http://iipcblog.wordpress.com/publications/)

2014 “MAXIMUM VOLUME YIELDS MAXIMUM RESULTS.” In Journal of Sonic Studies. No. 7, May 2014. http://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/84314/87805

2013 “A Finnish Medley: Forging Folk Metal.” Published on Ethnomusicology Review’s Sounding Board – Notes from the Field. http://ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/content/finnish-medley-forging-folk-metal

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

2019. “Turning Metal Māori: Te reo Māori and the International Success of Alien Weaponry.” IASPM Biennial, Canberra, June 24-28.

2019. Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School. Invited lectures on popular music analysis. November.

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