My academic path has been unusual. I began by studying for a BSc in Physics at Bristol University, where I gained a 2:1 and was awarded a Vice- Chancellor’s Scholarship for students with exceptional artistic talent. After completing my BSc I decided to pursue a lifelong ambition to study Jewish Music and began an Mmus in Ethnomusicology at SOAS, supported by a Mildred Loss and Sir Jack Lyons scholarship from the Jewish Music Institute and funding from the Jewish Widows’ and Students’ Aid Trust. For my MMus dissertation I carried out a study of radical Jewish culture and music making, exploring ethnomusicological issues and themes relating to tradition and transgression. Additionally, I carried out the online ethnography that forms the basis of my PhD work, and have presented this initial research at a number of conferences.
My research explores how SoundCloud shapes the ways electronic musicians learn how to produce. Using a range of methods, my work investigates the social and musical practices of musicians online and offline to understand the connections between social media and how electronic producers, and in particular beat makers, learn how to express themselves musically as both individuals and as part of a wider scene. My research is funded by a studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the CHASE consortium.
Ethnographic approaches to exploring SoundCloud’s Hip-Hop Underground, British Forum for Ethnomusicology’s Annual Conference, April 2016, “It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At”: Cambridge University International Hip Hop Studies Conference, June 2016
I am also a professional musician working in Jewish music and music from around the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, performing principally with the award-winning ensemble Don Kipper.
Don Kipper, 2014, Don Kipper, https://donkipper.bandcamp.com/album/don-kipper, UK
Don Kipper, 2015, Krisallis, https://donkipper.bandcamp.com/album/krisalis, UK
Tsvey Kipperim, 2016, Alte Kockers and Gansa Machers, https://donkipper.bandcamp.com/album/alte-kockers-and-gansa-machers, UK
SoundCloud, Sampling and Sonic Experimentation: Knowledge Transmission in Hip-Hop’s Underground (2020-05-06)
PhD thesis The Open University