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 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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Published June 1, 2015 12:34 PM - Last modified June 6, 2019 12:19 PM