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Sunday, April 17 • 10:45am - 12:45pm
Voice, Age, and Gender
Emily Baker, “Age in the Age of Autotune: The (Re)construction of Aretha Franklin”
Ian Biddle, “Voice, Listening, and the Slow History of Aging in Popular Music”
Richard Elliott, “A Blank Space Where You Write Your Name: Taylor Swift’s Early Late Voice”
Freya Jarman, “Voice, Affect, and Ideology at Christmas, or, What I Was Left Pondering When My Figgy Pudding Had Settled”


Steve Waksman

Steve Waksman is Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College. His publications include the books Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience (Harvard University Press, 1999), and This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press, 2009). With Reebee Garofalo, he is the co-author of the rock history textbook, Rockin’ Out... Read More →

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Emily Baker

Emily Baker is a second-year PhD student, working on the function, properties, and impact of the aesthetic of age in the voice in contemporary pop music. Conceiving of age in the voice as a site of resistance to normative assumptions of sex, gender and sexuality, her work is underpinned by phenomenological, feminist, and queer perspectives on identity; discourse on age/aging processes; and studies on the voice. In other words, she spends a lot of... Read More →

Ian Biddle

Ian Biddle is a cultural theorist and musicologist, working on a range of topics in music and sound-related areas. His work ranges from the cultural history of music and masculinity, theorizing music's intervention in communities and subjectivities, sound, soundscapes and urban experience, and the politics of noise. He has interests in memory studies, sound studies, Italian workerist and autonomist theory, psychoanalysis, and theoretical... Read More →

Richard Elliott

Richard Elliott is Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Sussex. His current research focuses on the representations of time, age, and experience in popular music as well as the relationship between music and materiality. He is the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing (Ashgate, 2010), Nina Simone (Equinox, 2013), and The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). | | “A Blank... Read More →
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Freya Jarman

Freya Jarman is a Senior Lecturer in the music department at the University of Liverpool. She is especially interested in cultures and ideologies of the voice, and is the author of Queer Voices: Technologies, Vocalities, and the Musical Flaw (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), in which her three case studies are Diamanda Galás, Maria Callas, and Karen Carpenter. Her current projects are loosely connected by the theme of high notes in vocal... Read More →

Sunday April 17, 2016 10:45am - 12:45pm
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