Dec. 17, 2021

Mack Hagood of Phantom Power: Sound Studies & Scholarly Podcasting

Mack Hagood of Phantom Power: Sound Studies & Scholarly Podcasting

Prof. Mack Hagood, author of Hush: Media and Sonic Self Control and producer of Phantom Power, joins Dario to discuss sound studies and scholarly podcasting. Phantom Power is a benchmark academic podcast in terms of acoustic form and scholarly depth. Its focus is on the sonic arts and humanities and the show utilises all the myriad affordances of sound to explore scholarship and sound art. Mack and Dario unpack the joys and labors of academic podcasting, discussing the production process and the relationship between theory and practice which leads to discussion Mack's chapter "The Scholarly Podcast: Form and Function in Audio Academia" recently published in Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography edited by Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt. 

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Mack Hagood is an Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at Miami University, Ohio, where he studies digital media, sound technologies, disability, and popular music. Mack has published work on tinnitus, the use of noise-canceling headphones in air travel, the noise of fans in NFL football stadiums, indie rock in Taiwan,  the ontology of Foley and digital film sound, and the forms and functions of scholarly podcasts.

Show Notes:

Lori and Dario discuss Professor Steffan Garrero's 'experiment' in gaming the Apple Podcast Charts.

These episodes of Phantom Power are mentioned in particular:

Mack mentions David Hendy's radio series Noise: A Human History which he uses as a text in his sound studies class.

Mack also mentions Jennifer Stoever's book The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening.

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