I am a soundmaker and PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Joint Doctorate in Communication at Concordia University. My areas of research are sound studies, research-creation, electronic/popular music, media and gender, and mobilities. I am currently completing a research-creation dissertation entitled, “Cross-Dressing to Backbeats: an exploration of the practices, wo/men producers and history of electroclash” (forthcoming, summer 2013).
My artistic practice involves (electronic) music production, sound design, performance and making videos. Along with independently producing and releasing music and videos, my sound works have been commissioned for contemporary dance productions, research projects, videos and performances. I teach courses in sound production/theory (COMS 276), and Media and Gender (COMS 368) in the Department of Communication Studies.
Cross-Dressing to Backbeats is a research-creation dissertation on the emergence of electroclash in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a dominant form of electronic dance music, with a specific focus on studio production practices, history and the gendered politics of electronic music culture. The dissertation addresses the following questions: what is distinct about the genre and its related practices, both in and out of the studio? Why do rock and electro come together at this point and in this way? Why is electroclash affectively powerful for musicians, audiences and listeners? And, what does the genre portend in terms of our understandings of the politics of electronic music?
The project also involves a series of performances, residencies, public talks, and the production of musical works.
[photo credit: Magdalena Olszanowski]