Department:Cambridge School of the Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise: Music
Sean is Principal Lecturer in Music and Deputy Head of Department (Music), and teaches across the music provision.
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.
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
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.