A bit about myself…

I am a Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Harvard University Department of Music, where I teach courses on a wide range of topics, including undergraduate theory, musicianship, timbre, popular music, and sound studies. More broadly, my research aims to draw theories of music and media into a cross-disciplinary dialogue that examines technocultural mediation in contemporary sonic practices.

Recent publications include an episode for the inaugural season of SMT-Pod: The Society for Music Theory Podcast (2022, v. 1, no. 14), where I focus on how the idea of timbre is constructed in computer-assisted orchestration software; a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Time in Music (2021) outlining a general history of rhythm quantization in digital music production; an article in Music Theory Online (2021, v. 27, no. 3) that presents lost sonic artifacts and archival sketches for early computer-based music by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho—for this work, I received the 2022 Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory; and a pair of articles in the journal Circuit: musiques contemporaine, where I offer detailed analyses of works by Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri (2018, v. 28, no. 2) and Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (2019, v. 29, no. 2).

Before arriving at Harvard, I completed a PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, working with co-advisors Robert Hasegawa (music theory) and Jonathan Sterne (sound studies). My dissertation examined the articulation of post-spectral aesthetics to psychoacoustics and technological development at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris.

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