Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice


After many years of work, Sound Unseen is published! The editors at Oxford University Press did a wonderful job and I couldn’t be happier with the final result. You can preview and purchase the book here.

Born to be Blue

I was going through some old recordings and found this gem. Hal Stein was a jazz giant with a wonderful sense of humor and ferocious approach to the tenor saxophone. He passed away a few years ago after living a beautiful jazz life. What an honor it was for me to get to work with […]

Badiou’s Wagner: Variations on the Generic

This is a short contribution to a colloquy on Alain Badiou’s Five Lessons on Wagner, edited by Stephen Decatur Smith, and published in Opera Quarterly 29(3/4) (Summer-Fall 2013), 349-354. Link to article

Improvised Feedback Systems 1

This is a recording of El Muco at the Subtropics Festival in Miami, March 20th, 2011. For this recording Scott and I both used the same SuperCollider patch, known as the “Flooper.” It is a large feedback network, where every unit is patchable into every other unit. It builds complex and slowly-evolving layers of sound […]

Review of Schaeffer, In Search of a Concrete Music

A review of John Dack and Christine North’s translation of Pierre Schaeffer’s In Search of a Concrete Music.

Musicophobia, or Sound Art and the Demands of Art Theory

An essay on the relation of music and sound art in the contemporary sound art discourse. First published in, Issue #8 (“The Music Issue”), Winter 2012/13.

Associate Professor on Term
Music Theory

Department of Music
Yale University
206 Stoeckel Hall

Specializations: music theory; jazz; music and philosophy (with an emphasis on critical theory and phenomenology); aesthetic theory; avant-garde composition and electronic music; sound studies and new media; Pierre Schaeffer and acousmatic theory; indeterminate music and circuit bending; noise.


Jean-Luc Nancy and the Listening Subject

Jean-Luc Nancy and the Listening Subject. Contemporary Music Review, Vol. 31, Nos. 5–6, October–December 2012, pp. 439–447 Abstract: This essay introduces the reader to Jean-Luc Nancy’s writing on listening, by focusing on his use of two French …

0.215, for flute and electronics (2010)

A piece for flute and electronics, commissioned for the Moving Sounds festival 2010. Recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, September 4, 2010. Erin Loesser, contrabass flute Brian Kane, live electronics Note: all the electronic sounds come from a speaker placed …

Kafka, Acousmatic Sound and Anxiety: To The Best of Our Knowledge

This is an interview with Jim Fleming about my work on Kafka and acousmatic sound. It originally aired on To The Best of Our Knowledge, June 19, 2011.    

Analog Synths: Independent Study (2012-2013)

In 2012, Preben Antonsen, a senior at Yale, approached me about an independent study in analog synthesis. For each semester of study, he completed a major project. The first, completed in Fall 2012, is a …

El Muco at the IBeam

A room recording of El Muco (Scott Petersen and Brian Kane) at the IBeam, Brooklyn, Feb 12, 2010. For this set we improvised with hacked electronics routed through various signal processing units written in SuperCollider. …