Hey blog followers!
I know that most of you follow me somewhere else on social media or on ANN, so you are likely updated on my recent projects. Still, I thought it would be a good idea to post a list of what’s kept me so occupied since I last posted on this blog.
First of all, I just finished the first year of a Ph.D. program in musicology at the University of Texas. That’s kept me busy with classes and all the writing and research that goes with them. If you want to read up on my academic work, I have an Academia.edu account where I post most of my papers when I am finished with them. Some recent highlights include:
- “Everything You Dreamed of on the Edge?”: 1980s Generational Anxieties in the Music of The Brave Little Toaster (presented at the 2016 Society for American Music conference in Boston, March 9-13, 2016) (Note: because I might adapt this into a longer journal article at a later date, I’ve made the decision to remove it from my Academia.edu account. Please let me know if you would like to read it.)
- Music, Violence, Propaganda and Action Spectacle in the Hunger Games Film Series
- “Be Art or Sing It”: Camp and the Grotesque in Horror TV Presentations of Opera (includes discussion of operatic encounters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Black Butler)
More importantly and more excitingly, though, I am writing a book! It is a part of the 33 1/3 series published by Bloomsbury Press; you might have seen their guides to famous rock albums in bookstores. They’re launching a new “33 1/3 Japan” series, and I will be writing one of the first titles in the series: a guide to the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack!
You can read more of the details of the series on our editor, Noriko Manabe’s website here. There is also a form for submitting a proposal if you know a lot about Japanese popular music (including other anime soundtracks) and are interested!
With all that plus teaching a rock history class this week, I have a busy summer! But a very fruitful one. I hope to produce more for the blog soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy what I have written in my absence!