Anna Thomas

Research Interests

History of Music Technology; Theory and Analysis of Popular Music; Ethnography; Music and Anthropology; Music in Digital Culture; Record Production; Voice

Area of proposed thesis

My thesis, supervised by Georgina Born, is an ethnographic study of the use of vocal processing software in contemporary UK Top-40 Pop and Hip-Hop. I am interested in how current trends in vocal production are embedded in longer histories of technological development and ways of thinking about the human singing voice. My method is partly ethnographic and partly music-analytical, with a core concern of the thesis being how to understand and read closely into digitally manipulated vocal sounds using analytical methods which are informed by music production practices.

Funding

AHRC

Subjects Taught

Critical Listening (Prelims)