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    Dr Michael L. Austin is Senior Lecturer of Music and Sound and Programme Leader in Music Production. He currently serves as Executive Director of the international Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games. Prior to his appointment at Edge Hill University in January 2023, he served as Founding Director of the School of Music at Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, Louisiana, USA). He has also held academic posts at Howard University (Washington, D.C., USA), Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph, Missouri, USA), The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, Texas, USA), and Collin College (Plano, Texas, USA). 

    His research focuses on music and sound in emerging and interactive media, especially video games, music videos, social media, and smart home devices. He is editor of the anthology Music Video Games: Performance, Politics, and Play (Bloomsbury, 2016); his monograph, Audiovisual Alterity: Representing Ourselves and Others in Music Videos (Oxford University Press) is currently in press (2024). 

    Austin's work as a sound artist has been displayed at a number of galleries, including the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Dallas Museum of Art. As an active composer, he has written for chamber ensembles, choirs, soloists, film, and new media. His work as a sound engineer and producer has been released on the Albany Records label.

    Research interests

    Sound and music in interactive and emerging media, ludomusicology, sound studies, film sound and music, sound design, sonic art, radio, digital aesthetics, cultural appropriation and the politics of representation in media.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Humanities - Aesthetic Studies (Arts & Technology), PhD, "The Phenomenological Impact of Interface on the Analysis of Digital Music and Sonic Art", University of Texas at Dallas

    Award Date: 20 Aug 2011

    Music Theory, MA, “Matmos’ ‘Tract for Valerie Solanas’: A Case Study in Modes of Conceptual Analysis”, University of Texas at Austin

    Award Date: 19 May 2007

    Music Composition, BA, University of Texas at San Antonio

    Award Date: 13 Aug 2005

    Other positions

    Executive Director, Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games

    1 Nov 2023 → …

    Research Associate, Radio Preservation Task Force - National Recording Preservation Plan, Library of Congress

    26 Feb 2016 → …


    • M Music
    • Ludomusicology
    • Music Videos
    • Radio
    • Media Studies
    • Sound Studies
    • Game Studies
    • Music Industry Studies
    • Music Technology
    • Audio Production
    • Popular Culture
    • UX Design

    Research Groups

    • Emergent Media & Entertainment Research Group


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