I am a Ph.D. candidate and teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Music. I make research about how the dynamic conditions of life in the Anthropocene impinge complex temporalities, materialities, scales, and affects on sonic creativity. Specifically, I consider this problematic with respect to vocal experimentalism, sound art, performance art, and 環境音楽 that unsettle the constitution of “nature,” “vitality,” and “vocality.” I interlope between philosophical, musicological, anthropological, historical, cinematographical, and ecological methods and analytics. I am developing and practicing methods for communicating my research via experimental form(at)s—installations, audiovisual interventions, instrument designs—that cohabit, exceed, and disrupt the normative spaces and relations of academic communication. I aim to design collaborative occasions for theorizing and attuning to the conditions of our differently shared ecological precarity.

My dissertation project excavates the affective residues of Anthropocenic forces in acts of sonic creativity. I am designing instruments whose performance dramatizes, analyzes, and renders sensible the scales, forces, and aesthetic figures of this problematic.

Mark