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Douglas Kahn    

Douglas Kahn is professor and founding director of Technocultural Studies at University of California at Davis. He is author of "Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts" (MIT Press), coeditor with Gregory Whitehead of "Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio and the Avant-garde" (MIT Press), and editor for the new journal Senses and Society (Berg Publishers) and for Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press). Recent essays include "Surround Sound" in Christian Marclay (UCLA Hammer Museum/Steidl, 2003), "Empty Plenitudes and Specialized Spaces: The Legacy of John Cage's Silences" in Sons & Lumières: Une histoire du son dans l'art du Xxe siècle (Centre Pompidou, 2004), "Ether Ore: Mining Vibrations in American Modernist Music" in Hearing Cultures: Essays on Sound, Listening and Modernity, edited by Veit Erlmann (Berg, 2004), and "Drugs and Sound" in Musae (Link, 2005). In March 2005 he will keynote the conferences Collage as Cultural Practice (University of Iowa) and Sonic Interventions (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis). Current projects include Source: Music of the Avant-garde, a reprint collection coedited with Larry Austin; House of Dust, a dossier on computers and intermedia art in the 1960s, coedited with Hannah Higgins; and research on space and sound during the postwar years in the U.S.