References, Materials, Sources

We hope to maintain and share a diverse list of sources on music and materialisms. This list is thus always partial and subject to updates.

If you’d like to submit references for inclusion, please send these via our contact email: musicandmaterialisms [at] [We would be grateful if these could be submitted in the reference style consistent with that below, i.e. Chicago Style.]


Music and Materialisms references

Abbate, Carolyn. “Music-Drastic or Gnostic?” Critical Inquiry 30/3 (2004): 505–36.

Apter, Emily, Ed Atkins, Armen Avanessian, Bill Brown, Giuliana Bruno, Julia Bryan-Wilson, D Graham Burnett, et al. “A Questionnaire on Materialisms.” October (2016): 3–110.

Barrett, Estelle & Barbara Bolt. Carnal Knowledge: Towards a ‘New Materialism’ Through the Arts. London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013.

Barthes, Roland. ‘The Grain of the Voice’ in Music – Image – Text, trans. Stephen Heath. London: Hill and Wang, 1977.

Bates, Eliot. “The Social Life of Musical Instruments.” Ethnomusicology 56/3 (2012): 363–95.

Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: a Political Ecology of Things. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 2010.

Brown, Bill. “Materiality”, in Critical Terms for Media Studies, ed. Mark B.N. Hansen and W.J.T. Mitchell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Born, Georgina. ‘Music and the materialization of identities’, Journal of Material Culture, 16/4 (2011), 376-388.

Braidotti, Rosi. Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory, 2nd revised edn. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

Braidotti, Rosi. The Posthuman. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013.

Brown, Bill. ‘Thing Theory’. Critical Inquiry 28/1 (2001), 1-22.

Cavell, Stanley. ‘Music Discomposed.’ In Must We Mean What We Say?: A 
Book of Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

Chow, Rey, and James A. Steintrager. “In Pursuit of the Object of Sound: An Introduction.” Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 22/2–3 (2011): 1–9.

Connor, Steven. ‘Edison’s Teeth: Touching Hearing’. In Hearing Cultures: Essays on Sound, Listening, and Modernity (ed. Veit Erlman). Oxford: Berg, 2004.

Coole, Diana & Samantha Frost, eds. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics. Durham, N.C. & London: Duke University Press, 2010.

Cox, Christoph. ‘Beyond Representation and Signification: Toward a Sonic Materialism’, Journal of Visual Culture, 10/2 (2011)

Dolan, Emily. The Orchestral Revolution: Haydn and the Technologies of Timbre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Dolphijn, Rick & Iris van der Tuin: New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2012.

Eidsheim, Nina. ‘Sensing Voice: Materiality and the Lived Body in Singing and Listening’ in Senses and Society 6/2 (2011): 133-155.

Freedgood, Elaine. The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010.

Grosz, Elizabeth. Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Guin, Elisabeth Le. Boccherini’s Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Holmes, Thom. Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture. 3rd edition. London: Routledge, 2016.

Iddon, Martin. “Siren Songs: Channels, Bodies, and Noise.” In Noise, A Non-Ference, edited by Alec Hall, 61–91. New York: Qubit, 2013.

Ingold, Tim. Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture. London: Routledge, 2013.

Johnson, Julian. Out of Time: Music and the Making of Modernity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Kane, Brian. “Sound Studies without Auditory Culture: A Critique of the Ontological Turn.” Sound Studies 1, no. 1 (2015): 2–21.

Lefebvre, Henri. Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life, trans. Stuart Elden & Gerald Moore. London & New York: Continuum, 2004 [1992].

Mao, Douglas. Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Patteson, Thomas W. Instruments for New Music: Sound, Technology, and Modernism. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016.

Rekret, Paul. “A Critique of New Materialism: Ethics and Ontology.” Subjectivity 9/3: 225-245.

Schafer, R. Murray. Our Sonic Environment and the Soundscape: The Tuning of the World. Rochester: Destiny Books, 1977.

Steege, Benjamin. Helmholtz and the Modern Listener. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Thompson, Emily. (2002) The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933. Cambridge, MA.: The MIT Press, 2004.

Thompson, Marie. “Feminised Noise and the ‘Dotted Line’ of Sonic Experimentalism.” Contemporary Music Review 35/1 (2016): 85–101.

Thompson, Marie. “Whiteness and the Ontological Turn in Sound Studies.” Parallax 23/3 (2017): 266–82.

Tiainen, Milla. ‘Corporeal Voices, Sexual Differentiations: New Materialist Perspectives on Music, Singing and Subjectivity’ in Sonic Interventions, edited by Sylvia Mieszkowski, Joy Smith, Marijke de Valck. Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2007.

Tresch, J. and E. I. Dolan 2013. ‘Toward a New Organology: Instruments of Music and Science.’ Osiris 28: 278-298.

Tunbridge, Laura. ‘Opera and Materiality’ [Review article] in Cambridge Opera Journal, 26/3 (2014): 289-299.

Turkle, Sherry. ‘Introduction: the Things that Matter’, in Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, edited by Sherry Turkle. Cambridge, MA.: The MIT Press, 2007.