Kyle Devine

Associate Professor - Department of Musicology
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Academic Interests

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 2019). 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 five of the main recording formats since 1900: 78s, LPs, cassettes, CDs, MP3s. Early versions of this project have been published in Popular Music (2015) and Où va la musique (2016).

I am also coediting a related book called (for now) Audible Infrastructures: Music, Sound, Media (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). 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 publications are 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). 

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 in 2015, I taught at City University of London and Worcester College, University of Oxford. At Oxford, I also worked with the Music and Digitization Research Group.


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


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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 (2018). Musicology Without Music?.
  • 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.
  • Nielsen, Nanette; Devine, Kyle; Hagen, Per Ole & Gadir, Tami (2017). How We Got into Academia, and How to Get (More) Out of It: Ideas Entrepreneurship in Action.
  • 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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Published June 1, 2015 12:34 PM - Last modified May 12, 2019 9:10 AM