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, timbre, popular music analysis, and sound/ media 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. Before arriving at Harvard, I completed a PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, working under the co-supervision of Robert Hasegawa (music theory) and Jonathan Sterne (sound studies).

Recent publications include an episode for the inaugural season of SMT-Pod: The Society for Music Theory Podcast (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 (v. 27, no. 3) that presents 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 an article that will be published as part of a printed symposium on Nina Sun Eidsheim’s The Race of Sound in the ethnic studies journal Kalfou.

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