T. Brandon Evans
Brandon is a fourth-year PhD student in Film and Visual Studies whose work revolves around questions of sound, space, media, visuality and aesthetics. The locus of his work is sound studies as an interdisciplinary field including sound art; architectural acoustics; soundscapes and acoustic ecology; anthropology, ethnography, and linguistics in/of sound; field recording; technology and aesthetics of sound and audiovisual media; hearing and deafness; and (of course) music. He also is interested in the implications of “sonic thinking” and the nature of auditory experience for media theory, media archaeology, affect, interdisciplinarity, and the philosophy of history. Around all of these topics, he is also interested in art in relation to other fields of life, and how to deal with aesthetic forms and genres in scholarly practice, toward which end he occasionally produces works of sound art and field recording. Finally, he has research interests in Punjab and the global Sikh diaspora, especially with respect to the in the place of sound in Sikhism, including the concept of Naad (the “universal sound current”) and performance of kirtan (devotional song). Brandon holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Studies in Art/Semiotics from Georgetown University. He enjoys being friends with dogs, playing harmonium, and studying languages that begin with the letter P (notably, Portuguese and Punjabi).