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Saturday, April 28 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Producing the Interface

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  1. Adele Fournet "Recorded Popular Music: Production and Reproduction"
  2. Matt Sakakeeny "Brass Instruments are Gendered Technologies"
  3. Sasha Geffen "Synthesizers and Cyborgs: Vocal Processing as a Transhumanist Gateway"
  4. Deirdre Loughridge "On Sounding (Not) Like a Person in 2016"
Moderator: Charlie McGovern

The interrelations of people and technology are overdetermined by gender and sexuality. What barriers persist in maintaining the dominance of men as record producers and engineers? Even in antiquated domains of technology, like drums and brass instruments, women remain starkly underrepresented. The ways that technology is gendered goes further, beyond the troubled categories of man and woman. Technological manipulation of the human voice, reinforced by visual presentations of the cyborg, allows artists such as Anohni and Björk to explore futuristic and mutated gender expressions. But how to identify a female voice that a male producer has transmuted into a cyborg through computer processing? The cyborg, as an idealized hybrid of human and machine, does not necessarily fulfill the promises of feminist and queer theory. Bringing together an array of technologies and gendered identities, these four papers unsettle presumptions about the human-machine interface. In each instance, dynamics of power condition the dynamics of people and things.

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Adele Fournet

Adele Fournet is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at NYU where she investigates gender, music production, technology and aesthetic values.  She is an active composer, producer, musician and freelance videographer in New York City.  She directs a web series about female music producers... Read More →
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Sasha Geffen

Sasha Geffen is a writer based in Denver. Their work examines music, popular culture, and gender, and especially the intersections among the three. In 2015, they moderated a keynote panel on music at the Theorizing the Web conference in New York, and in 2017 they spoke on a panel... Read More →
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Deirdre Loughridge

Deirdre Loughridge is Assistant Professor of Music, and affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, at Northeastern University. Her first book, Haydn’s Sunrise, Beethoven’s Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism (University of Chicago... Read More →

Charlie McGovern

Charlie McGovern teaches American Studies and History at William and Mary.  A PopCon attendee from the beginning, he is at work on Body & Soul, a book tracing race, citizenship, and capitalism in mid century American music.  He wrote Sold American Consumption and Citizenship, 1890-1945... Read More →
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Matt Sakakeeny

Matt Sakakeeny is Associate Professor of Music at Tulane University. He is the author of Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans and co-editor of Keywords in Sound, both on Duke University Press. This year he will release his first solo album as The Lonely Birds."Brass... Read More →

Saturday April 28, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Demo Lab MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109