Welcome to Spooky & the Metronome. I’m Deirdre Loughridge, a musicologist at Northeastern University. To date, my research has focused on music and technology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I was drawn to this area of research in part by the many resonances with cultural debates and transformations taking place today. In my forthcoming book, Haydn’s Sunrise, Beethoven’s Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism (University of Chicago Press), I explore how a proliferation of optical technologies in the eighteenth century contributed to changing ways of listening to music and understanding its powers. My current project, “Music and Technology: From Bone Flute to Auto-Tune,” examines historical processes of music-technological change, looking to the past to develop a critical perspective on our relationships to music and technology in the present. I also play the cello, and co-curate the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments.
On this blog, I seek to amplify the resonances between musical past and present – to highlight repetitions and inheritances, to make them available to examination, evaluation and discussion. I invite you to add your voice here or on Twitter @ladyloughridge. Thank you for reading!