Dr Thomas Hodgson

Departmental Lecturer in Music in association with LMH

BMus (Hons.), MLitt, DPhil (Oxon.)


Algorithms & Artificial Intelligence
Music and Pakistan
Music and Globalisation


“Tom is an ethnomusicologist who studies algorithms and AI in the global south. He is currently writing a book – Journeys of Love: Kashmiris, Music, and the Poetics of Migration – which explores questions of value and exchange among musicians in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and the Kashmiri diaspora. Tom joins the Faculty of Music from King’s College London, where he was a lecturer in ethnomusicology. Previous positions include a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, also at King’s, and a Stipendiary Lectureship in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford. His DPhil in Music was completed at St John’s College, Oxford, under the supervision of Martin Stokes.

Tom is also a practicing musician, having recorded and toured extensively around the world with the Oxford indie-folk band Stornoway. Along with the band’s bassist, Oli Steadman, he went on to establish the music tech platform Tigmus (This is Good Music), which uses data and analytics to match artists with venues.”


Selected Works:

  • (2020) ‘AI: More Than Human’, Sound Studies, Vol. 6, Issue. 1.
  • (2016) ‘Music Festivals in Pakistan and England’ in Karin van Nieuwkerk, Mark LeVine, Martin Stokes (eds.), Islam and Popular Culture, Austin, Uni. Texas Press.
  • (2014) ‘Le mela de Bradford’, Special Issue on Festivals, Les cahiers d’ethnomusicologie.
  • (2012) ‘Multicultural Harmony? Pakistani Muslims and Music in Bradford’, in, Kamal Salhi (ed.), Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety, London: Routledgein press.


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