Assistant Professor Jim Sykes publishes article in the interdisciplinary journal "Sound Studies"

  An essay by Prof. Jim Sykes, entitled “Ontologies of acoustic endurance: rethinking wartime sound and audition,” has been published in the intertdisciplinary journal Sound Studies (at

Assistant Professor Jim Sykes publishes review

in the journal "Ethnomusicology" - see here

Ph.D. candidate Maria Ryan publishes essay on “Written on Skin”

in Routledge’s miscellany “Recomposing the Past”

Prof. Guthrie Ramsey interviewed by Time Magazine

on Charlie Gambino's video "This is America" - see hereProf. Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, provides an in-depth analysis of Childish Gambino's music video "This is America" in Time Magazine: "Even though we think of popular culture as a space where we escape, [Childish Gambino’s] forcing us to understand that there’s actually nowhere to run." See here.

Assistant Professor Mary Caldwell featured in "Penn Today"

on her freshman seminar "Hearing (in) the Middle Ages" - see here

Kevin Laskey and Eugene Lew awarded Penn Sachs Program Awards for 2018-19

for composing and presenting new musical works - more here Kevin Laskey (Ph.D. candidate in Composition) will compose a new work (Almanac, an  Evening-Length Work for Classical Musicians & Improvisers) exploring myriad intersections of improvisation and formal composition, featuring nationally acclaimed performers Warp Trio (classical), the Kevin Sun Quartet (Jazz) and Variant 6 (vocal).

Assistant Professor Glenda Goodman awarded two prestigious fellowships

for 2018 and '19: ACLS and Princeton Institute for Advanced Study

Assistant Professor Mary Caldwell and Penn’s “Medieval confluence”

Click or tap here to read the article in Penn Today! 

Assistant Professor Jim Sykes releases a new album

click for more!Jim Sykes has released a new album with a band called Hidden Rifles. The band includes Jim on drums with several well known musicians in the indie rock world: legendary bass player Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges), guitarist Norman Westberg from the experimental New York rock band Swans, and guitarist Mark Shippy from the Chicago post-rock band U.S. Maple. The project was organized by vocalist Matthew Wascovich of the long-running Cleveland underground band Scarcity of Tanks. 

Next Colloquium (4/3): David Samuels (NYU)

on folk revivalism in the XX centuryTuesday, 3 APRIL (5:15), room 102: DAVID SAMUELS (NEW YORK UNIVERSITY)Title: Early Folk World: Searching for Humanity in 20th Century Industrial Modernity