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UC Riverside Department of Music presents:

Allison Sokil

The Hums of Neoliberalism

(Re)Visiting Gendered Affects at Work in Music Production and Audio Engineering"

part of the

2023-2024 Florence Bayz Music Series

The Florence Bayz Music Series offers online concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars.

Deborah Wong, coordinator.

Events during the 2023-2024 academic year will be held in person at ARTS 157 on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Location may be subject to change.


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This lecture examines the ongoing mundanities, irritations, and nuances of neoliberalism’s articulations of gendered control at work in the fields of audio recording and music production in Canada. Based on ethnographic fieldwork completed between 2015 and 2020, Dr. Sokil explores the press of neoliberalism that invisibly and yet profoundly shapes the lives of contemporary recordists through a sustained aggregation of affective forces conceptualized in the embodied sonic-social metaphor of “the Hums.” It is the Hums’ variation and volume that allow them to come to “form and force” in this work (Stewart 2017). 


Dr. Allison Sokil is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded graduate of the Ethnomusicology program at the University of Toronto. She is interested in intersections of popular music, sound studies, and music technology and her current work examines specific intensities of sound, silence, and affect in national and international audio engineering, songwriting, and music production communities. As a consultant and educator, Dr. Sokil has presented this work for the Audio Engineering Society of Toronto, Music Publishers Canada, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the University of Victoria AUDIO+ conference, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Her writing can be found in the Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Feminist Music Education, and the Canadian Society for Traditional Music blog. She currently works as a sessional instructor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, teaching Musicology, Popular Music Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnomusicology, and Songwriting courses.



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