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Tools of Music-Making Reading List

The Tools of Music Making, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr James Mooney
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Adler, Paul S., ‘Technological Determinism’, ed. by Stewart R. Clegg and James Bailey, International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2007)  

Akrich, Madeleine, ‘The De-Scription of Technical Objects’, in Shaping Technology/Building Society: Studies in Sociotechnical Change, ed. by Wiebe E. Bijker and John Law (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992), pp. 205–24

Bakan, Michael B., Wanda Bryant, Guangming Li, David Martinelli, and Kathryn Vaughn, ‘Demystifying and Classifying Electronic Music Instruments’, Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, 8 (1990), 37–64

Bate, Philip, and Edward H. Tarr, ‘Valve (i)’, in Oxford Music Online (Oxford University Press, 2001) <

Bates, Eliot, ‘The Social Life of Musical Instruments’, Ethnomusicology, 56.3 (2012), 363–395 <>

Bijker, Wiebe, Thomas Hughes, and Trevor Pinch, The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, Anniversary edition (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012)

Bijsterveld, Karin, and Marten Schulp, ‘Breaking into a World of Perfection: Innovation in Today’s Classical Musical Instruments’, Social Studies of Science, 34.5 (2004), 649–74

Bimber, Bruce, ‘Three Faces of Technological Determinism’, in Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism, ed. by Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx (Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 1994), pp. 79–100  

Brice, Richard, ‘Message in a Bottle – Valve Technology’, in Music Engineering (Oxford: Newnes, 2001), pp. 57–84 

Clark, Robert H., ‘A Narrative History of African American Marching Band: Toward A Historicultural Understanding’, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 41.1 (2019), 5–32 <>

Davies, Hugh, ‘Electronic Instruments: Classifications and Mechanisms’, in Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century, ed. by Hans-Joachim Braun (London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), pp. 43–58

Dawe, Kevin, ‘People, Objects, Meaning: Recent Work on the Study and Collection of Musical Instruments’, Galpin Society Journal, 54 (2001), 219–32 <>

———, The New Guitarscape in Critical Theory, Cultural Practice and Musical Performance (Routledge, 2017)

DeVale, Sue Carole, ‘Organizing Organology’, Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, 8 (1990), 1–34  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 13/01/2022) 

Ericson, John, ‘Early Valve Designs’, Horn Articles Online, 1992 <> [accessed 10 January 2022]  

———, ‘Why Was the Valve Invented?’, Horn Articles Online, 1998 <> [accessed 10 January 2022]  

Gabbard, Krin, ‘Signifyin(g) the Phallus: “Mo’ Better Blues” and Representations of the Jazz Trumpet’, Cinema Journal, 32.1 (1992), 43–62

Gaver, W. W., ‘Technology Affordances’, in Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Reaching through Technology, 1991, pp. 79–84 <> [accessed 7 December 2012]

Gibson, James J., ‘The Theory of Affordances’, in Perceiving, Acting, and Knowing: Toward an Ecological Psychology, ed. by Robert Shaw and John Bransford (Hillsdale, N.J. : New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1977), pp. 127–43 <> [accessed 17 January 2013]

Gold, Peter, ‘Music Under Glass: New Approaches to the Exhibition of Sound-Producing Instruments’, Curator: The Museum Journal, 14.3 (1971), 159–74 <>

Hackett, Edward J., Olga Amsterdamska, Michael E. Lynch, and Judy Wajcman, eds., The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 3rd edn (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007)

Harkins, Paul, ‘Following the Instruments, Designers, and Users: The Case of the Fairlight CMI’, Journal on the Art of Record Production, 10 (2015) <> [accessed 21 February 2018]

Hennion, Antoine, and Christophe Levaux, eds., Rethinking Music through Science and Technology Studies (London: Routledge, 2021)

Herbert, Trevor, ed., Bands: Brass Band Movement in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Milton Keynes; Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1991) 

———, ed., The British Brass Band: A Musical and Social History, 2nd edition (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000) 

von Hornbostel, Erich M., and Curt Sachs, ‘Classification of Musical Instruments’, trans. by Anthony Baines and Klaus P. Wachsmann, Galpin Society Journal, 14 (1961), 3–29 <>

Jairazbhoy, Nazir A., ‘The Beginnings of Organology and Ethnomusicology in the West: V. Mahillon, A. Ellis and S. M. Tagore’, Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, 8 (1990), 67–80

Johnson, Henry M, ‘An Ethnomusicology of Musical Instruments: Form, Function and Meaning’, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, 26.3 (1995), 257–69

Katz, Mark, ‘Aesthetics out of Exigency: Violin Vibrato and the Phonograph’, in Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music, revised edition (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010), pp. 94–108  

Keep, Andy, ‘Instrumentalizing: Approaches to Improvising with Sounding Objects in Experimental Music’, in The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music, ed. by James Saunders (Farnham; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 113–29

Lysloff, René T. A., and Leslie C. Gay, eds., Music and Technoculture (Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press, 2003)

Magnusson, Thor, ‘Musical Organics: A Heterarchical Approach to Digital Organology’, Journal of New Music Research, 46.3 (2017), 286–303 <>

Martin, Brian, ‘Technological Determinism Revisited: Review of Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx, Eds., Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994. Pp. Xv + 280. US$16.95 PB.’, Metascience, 9, 1996, 158–60

McGrenere, J., and W. Ho, ‘Affordances: Clarifying and Evolving a Concept’, in Graphics Interface, 2000, pp. 179–86 <> [accessed 28 January 2013]

Montagu, Jeremy, Origins and Development of Musical Instruments, reprint (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007)

———, ‘The Creation of New Instruments’, The Galpin Society Journal, 59 (2006), 3–11

Montagu, Jeremy, and John Burton, ‘A Proposed New Classification System for Musical Instruments’, Ethnomusicology, 15.1 (1971), 49 <>

Mooney, James, ‘Frameworks and Affordances: Understanding the Tools of Music-Making’, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 3.2–3 (2011), 141–54  

———, ‘“Made as They Are from Unconventional Objects and Found Materials”: How Hugh Davies Instrumentalised Electronic Sound’, in Rethinking the Musical Instrument, ed. by Mine Doğantan-Dack, forthcoming

———, ‘Technology, Process and Musical Personality in the Music of Stockhausen, Hugh Davies and Gentle Fire’, in The Musical Legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen: Looking Back and Forward, ed. by Morag J. Grant and Imke Misch (Hofheim: Wolke, 2016), pp. 102–15 <>

———, ‘The Hugh Davies Collection: Live Electronic Music and Self-Built Electro-Acoustic Musical Instruments, 1967-1975’, Science Museum Group Journal, 7 (2017) <>

Mooney, James, and Trevor Pinch, ‘Sonic Imaginaries: How Hugh Davies and David Van Koevering Performed Electronic Music’s Future’, in Rethinking Music through Science and Technology Studies, ed. by Antoine Hennion and Christophe Levaux (London; New York: Routledge, 2021), pp. 113–49

Niebur, Louis, Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the B.B.C. Radiophonic Workshop (New York: Oxford University Press, U.S.A., 2010)

Norman, Donald, The Design of Everyday Things, Reprint (MIT Press, 1998)

Oudshoorn, Nellie, and Trevor Pinch, How Users Matter: The Co-Construction of Users and Technology, New Ed edition (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005)

Pinch, Trevor, ‘Moments in the Valuation of Sound: The Early History of Synthesizers’, in Moments of Valuation: Exploring Sites of Dissonance, ed. by Ariane Berthoin Antal, Michael Hutter, and David Stark (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 15–36

Pinch, Trevor, and Wiebe Bijker, ‘The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts: Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other’, in The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, ed. by Wiebe Bijker, Thomas Hughes, and Trevor Pinch, Anniversary edition (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012), pp. 11–44 

Pinch, Trevor J., and Wiebe E. Bijker, ‘The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts: Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other’, Social Studies of Science, 14.3 (1984), 399–441 <>  

Pinch, Trevor, and Frank Trocco, Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, new edition (Harvard University Press, 2004)

———, ‘The Social Construction of the Early Electronic Music Synthesizer’, in Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century, ed. by Hans-Joachim Braun (Baltimore, MD.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), pp. 67–83   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Sachs, Curt, The History of Musical Instruments (Mineola, NY: Dover, 1940)

Smith, Merritt Roe, and Leo Marx, eds., Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism (London: MIT Press, 1994)

Sonevytsky, Maria, ‘The Accordion and Ethnic Whiteness: Toward a New Critical Organology’, The World of Music, 50.3 (2008), 101–18

Tjora, Aksel H., ‘The Groove in the Box: A Technologically Mediated Inspiration in Electronic Dance Music’, Popular Music, 28.02 (2009), 161–77 < 

Tresch, John, and Emily I. Dolan, ‘Toward a New Organology: Instruments of Music and Science’, Osiris, 28 (2013), 278–98

Winner, Langdon, ‘Upon Opening the Black Box and Finding It Empty: Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Technology’, Science, Technology, & Human Values, 18.3 (1993), 362–78 <>  

This list was last updated on 19/01/2022