I am a PhD student in the Media School and Department of Cognitive Science at Indiana University. I study the perception and cognition of media and in particular, I am interested in recorded music. In this blog, you’ll find quasi-academic musings and general rabble-rousing.
I took a somewhat unconventional path to graduate school. I earned my B.S. in 2009 from Middle Tennessee State University in Recording Industry: Production & Technology with a minor in Music. After that, I worked for a prestigious pro audio company where I got to work with a lot of my heroes. I also got to work with a lot of people that think that wooden knobs on their amplifier could make it sound better. This brought me back to the harsh reality that there’s not a great understanding of recorded music out there. Additionally, reading Daniel Levitin’s This Is Your Brain On Music helped me realize that while I deeply enjoy audio production, the reason I enjoy it is because I am interested in how we perceive and understand recorded music.
I am a firm believer that an active creative life leads to a healthy academic life: I think painters have a lot to teach researchers. I think researchers have a lot to teach musicians. And I think musicians have a lot to teach… well, you get the idea. The intermingling of pure creatives and academics is critical because I think we all seek truth. The only difference is different methods of inquiry and expressions of our findings.