Panel on portable music and technology

Happy news — a panel on mobile music and technology that I organized with Heather Horst, Ben Tausig, and Bill Bahng Boyer has been accepted for SEM 2009 in Mexico City. Here’s an outline (abstracts for the panel and my paper after the jump):

“Contested Musical Mobilities: Ethnomusicologies of Portable Listening and Technology”

  • Tyler Bickford, “Tinkering and Tethering: Children’s MP3 Players as Material Culture”

  • Bill Bahng Boyer, “Blasting the Ghetto: Boomboxes and the Spilling Over of Portable Audio”

  • Heather A. Horst, “Noise, Sound, and Other Callings: Mobile Communication in Everyday Life”

  • Benjamin Tausig, “The Co-Motion of Bangkok”


Earbuds Are Good for Sharing

[Update: This piece was published in The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies in March 2014.]

I just sent off a chapter about sharing earbuds for a forthcoming volume from Oxford UP on Mobile Music Studies. My chapter is called “Earbuds Are Good for Sharing: Children’s Sociable Uses of Headphones at a Vermont Primary School.”

Review of Montgomery, Generation Digital

My review of Kathryn Montgomery’s Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet is up at the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies, along with a response from Montgomery. RCCS, by the way, is a tremendous resource for book reviews — David Silver does a great job getting multiple reviews of interesting books and most of the time even including author responses. Wonderful stuff.