A bit about myself…

I am a College Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard University who studies technological mediation in 20th- and 21st-century sonic practices, focusing on timbre, electro-acoustic composition, and experimental aesthetics in both “popular” and “art” music contexts. More broadly, my research aims to draw music and media studies into a cross-disciplinary dialogue that tracks the transductive flow of sounds across diverse technocultural milieux.

Recent publications include an article in Music Theory Online (v. 27, no. 3), where I present lost sonic artifacts and archival sketches for early computer-based music by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, an article on analysis-synthesis methods and transmedial aesthetics in music by Panayiotis Kokoras in the Italian journal Nuove Musiche (no. 5), and a pair of articles in the journal Circuit: musiques contemporaine, where I offer detailed analyses of works by Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri (v. 28, no. 2) and Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (v. 29, no. 2). Looking ahead, I have a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Time in Music (in press), which outlines a general history of rhythm quantization in digital music production, examining its attendant technologies and its reception within the context of different musical genres; a contribution to a printed symposium on Nina Sun Eidsheim’s The Race of Sound in the ethnic studies journal Kalfou (in press); and an audio publication on how the idea of timbre is constructed in computer-assisted orchestration software, which will be part of the inaugural season of SMT-Pod, an official podcast of the Society of Music Theory.

Currently, at Harvard, I teach core courses in the undergraduate theory sequence, as well as upper-level courses and graduate seminars on Analyzing Musical Media, Timbre at the Crossroads, Popular Music Analysis, and Sound Studies. Before arriving at Harvard, I taught as a course lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where I also completed a PhD under the co-supervision of Robert Hasegawa (music theory) and Jonathan Sterne (sound studies).

Feel free to contact me with questions: landonmorrison@fas.harvard.edu