Kyle Devine

Associate Professor - Department of Musicology
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Academic Interests

In addition to my role as associate professor in the Department of Musicology here at the University of Oslo, I am also a research associate with the Music and Digitization Research Group at the University of Oxford. I specialize in musical culture since 1900, with a focus on sound technology and an approach that combines music studies with media studies and cultural sociology.

My current project is called Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music (MIT Press, forthcoming). It's about the history of what recordings are made of, and what happens to those recordings when they are disposed of. I focus on three materialities—shellac, plastic, data—which correspond to the five main recording formats since 1900: 78s, LPs, cassettes, CDs, MP3s. Early versions of this research have been published in Popular Music (2015) and Où va la musique? Numérophose et nouvelles experiences d’écoute (Presses des Mines 2016).

I have also started work on a related coedited book called Organized Sound: Music, Media, Infrastructure. It looks at the social life and social death of various musical commodities in terms of three phases: resources and manufacturing, shipping and circulation, disposal and waste. We ask how these phases influence and respond to musical conventions, environmental realities, and political-economic conditions in industrializing and industrialized parts of the world.

Most of my other work is about histories, cultures, and theories of sound reproduction. I coedited Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound (Bloomsbury 2015) and I coauthored work on gender and social inequalities in music technology for Twentieth-Century Music (2015) and the Contemporary Music Review (2016). I am also finishing a set of three articles on loudness and loudspeakers.

Music sociology is my other main interest—especially the field's pasts and prospects—and here I coedited The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music (Routledge 2015).

Teaching and Supervision

I’m always happy to hear from prospective students working in my main fields of interest: popular music studies and musicology, sound studies, media studies, sociology of music, cultural sociology, material culture, science and technology studies. I encourage projects that are conceptually adventurous, politically engaged, and empirically grounded. Some of my current teaching contributions include:


Before joining the University of Oslo, I taught at City University of London and Worcester College, University of Oxford. 


Tags: Music and Media, Music Sociology, Sound Studies, Music and Society, Popular Music, Musicology, Music History


  • Devine, Kyle (2017). Desert Island Discomorphoses: Listening Formations and the Material Cultures of Music, In Julie Brown; Nicholas Cook & Stephen Cottrell (ed.),  Defining the Discographic Self: Desert Island Discs in Context.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780197266175.  Chapter 4.  s 67 - 82
  • Born, Georgina & Devine, Kyle (2016). Introduction: Gender, Creativity, and Education in Digital Musics and Sound Art. Contemporary Music Review.  ISSN 0749-4467.  35(1), s 1- 20 . doi: 10.1080/07494467.2016.1177255
  • Devine, Kyle (2016). L’intensité matérielle de l’écoute musicale sous forme de données, I: Philippe Le Guern (red.),  Où va la musique? Numérophose et nouvelles experiences d’écoute.  Presses des Mines.  ISBN 9782356714077.  Chapter 1.  s 47 - 64
  • Born, Georgina & Devine, Kyle (2015). Music technology, gender, and class: Digitization, educational and social change in Britain. Twentieth Century Music.  ISSN 1478-5722.  12(2), s 135- 172 . doi: 10.1017/S1478572215000018
  • Devine, Kyle Ross (2015). Decomposed: A political ecology of music. Popular Music.  ISSN 0261-1430.  34(3), s 367- 389 . doi: 10.1017/S026114301500032X
  • Devine, Kyle & Shepherd, John (2015). Music and the Sociological Imagination—Pasts and Prospects, In Kyle Ross Devine & John Shepherd (ed.),  The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138856363.  Introduction.
  • Devine, Kyle; Théberge, Paul & Everrett, Tom (2015). Introduction: Living Stereo, In Kyle Ross Devine; Paul Théberge & Tom Everrett (ed.),  Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound.  Bloomsbury Academic.  ISBN 9781623565510.  Introduction.  s 1 - 34
  • Devine, Kyle Ross (2014). A Mysterious Music in the Air: Cultural Origins of the Loudspeaker. Popular Music History.  ISSN 1740-7133.  8(1), s 5- 28
  • Devine, Kyle Ross (2013). Imperfect Sound Forever: Loudness Wars, Listening Formations and the History of Sound Reproduction. Popular Music.  ISSN 0261-1430.  32(2), s 159- 176

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  • Devine, Kyle Ross & Shepherd, John (ed.) (2015). The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music. Routledge.  ISBN 9781138856363.  386 s.
  • Devine, Kyle Ross; Théberge, Paul & Everrett, Tom (ed.) (2015). Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound. Bloomsbury Academic.  ISBN 9781623565510.  288 s.

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  • Devine, Kyle (2017). Making Infrastructures Audible: An Introduction.
  • Devine, Kyle (2017). Plastic Makes Perfect: Popular Music Before Production and After Consumption.
  • Devine, Kyle (2017). Recorded Music and the Capitalist World System.
  • Devine, Kyle (2017). Recorded Music: Theory and Plastic.
  • Devine, Kyle (2016). Bugs, Rocks, Oil, and Light: Material Politics and Recordings as Cultural Artifacts.
  • Devine, Kyle (2016). Even in the Quietest Moments: Loudness and Power in “Speaker Culture”.
  • Devine, Kyle (2016). Organized Sound: Music, Media, Infrastructure.
  • Devine, Kyle (2016). Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Music, Materiality, Infrastructure.
  • Devine, Kyle (2016). Sound Media Research Report.
  • Devine, Kyle (2015). The Material Intensity of Listening to Music as Data: Ruptures and Continuities.
  • Devine, Kyle & Everrett, Tom (2015). Solid Sound? Staging, Perspective, and Practice in the History of Stereo.

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