Dr Sean Albiez

Deputy Head of Department (Music);

Principal Lecturer, Music

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:School of Performance

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music

Sean is Principal Lecturer in Music and Deputy Head of Department (Music), and teaches across the music provision.

sean.albiez@anglia.ac.uk

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Background

Sean has written a number of well received studies in popular music, and has a particular interest in electronic music, punk, post-punk and indie and the intersection of experimental popular music with the 20th century avant-garde. He has co-edited and contributed studies to two books on central figures in the field of electronic music - Kraftwerk: Music Non Stop (Continuum 2011) and Brian Eno: Oblique Music (Bloomsbury 2016). He is currently co-editing another collection on The Velvet Underground.

Sean is an International Board Member and contributor to the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, and Journal Advisory Board Member for Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. He has taught music technology, popular music studies and media and cultural studies since the early 1990s, working at the University of Plymouth and Southampton Solent University before joining Anglia Ruskin University. His practice as research PhD, Sounds of Future Past: the Poetics of Electronica, examined creative electronic music practices in the liminal space between academic and popular electronic musics.

Research interests

  • Electronic Music
  • Popular Music
  • Hauntology
  • The Critical Analysis of Music Productions
  • The Mediation of Music
  • Technostalgia and Music
  • German popular music
  • Punk, Post Punk and Indie in the 1970s and 80s

Qualifications

  • PhD Creative Music Technology, Bath Spa University 2013
  • MA Media, Southampton Solent University 1997
  • PGCE (Sec. 11-18) History and English, University of Hull 1991
  • BA (Hons) Public Media and History, Trinity and All Saints College [University of Leeds] 1988

Memberships, editorial boards

  • International Board Member - Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
  • Journal Advisory Board Member -  Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
  • Member - International Association for the Study of Popular Music
  • Member - The Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production

Selected recent publications

2017. ‘Avant Pop’, ‘Bleep’, ‘Chillout’, ‘Dubstep’, ‘Electronic Body Music (EBM)’, ‘Glitch’, ‘Hardcore Rave’, ‘Hauntology’, ‘Hi-NRG’, ‘New Romantics’, ‘Synth Pop’ and ‘Trance’ entries in Sheperd, J. and Horn, D. (eds), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: European Genres Volume 11. London / New York: Bloomsbury

2016. ‘The Voice and/of Brian Eno’ in Albiez, S. and Pattie, D. (eds) Brian Eno: Oblique Music. New York: Bloomsbury

2016. with Dockwray, R. ‘Before and After Eno: Situating ‘The Recording Studio as Compositional Tool’ in Albiez, S. and Pattie, D. (eds) Brian Eno: Oblique Music. New York: Bloomsbury.

2011. 'Europe Non-Stop: West Germany, Britain and the Rise of Synthpop 1975-1981' in Albiez, S. and Pattie, D. (eds) Kraftwerk - Music Non-Stop. New York: Continuum International Publishing

2011. with Kyrre Tromm Lindvig - 'Autobahn and Heimatklänge: soundtracking the FRG' in Albiez, S. and Pattie, D. (eds) Kraftwerk - Music Non-Stop. New York: Continuum International Publishing

2011. 'Post Soul Futurama: African American cultural politics and early Detroit Techno' in Mark J. Butler (ed.) Electronica, Dance and Club Music [The Library of Essays on Popular Music]. Abingdon: Ashgate Publishing

Recent presentations and conferences

2017. Practice as Research (PaR): Creative Practice and the Written Submission, Creative and Digital Industries Researcher Development Programme, Southampton Solent University.

2013. Curating Hauntology, Timecode: 20 Years On Hauntology Symposium - Bradford International Film Festival.

2011. The Wire Salon - Performing Kraftwerk: Synthesizing the Man-Machine. Café Oto, London.