Ian Biddle is a cultural theorist and musicologist, working on a range of topics in music- and sound-related areas. His work ranges from the cultural history of music and masculinity, theorising music's intervention in communities and subjectivities, sound, soundscapes and urban experience, and the politics of noise. He has interests in memory studies, sound studies, Italian workerist and autonomist theory, psychoanalysis and theoretical approaches to 'affective' states. He is co-founder and co-ordinating editor (with Richard Middleton) of the journal Radical Musicology.
Ian Biddle graduated from Nottingham University in 1988 and completed his PhD at Newcastle in 1995, 'Autonomy, Ontology and the Ideal: Music Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics in Early Nineteenth-Century German Thought', under the supervision of Ronald Woodley and David Clarke. He has also studied composition with Roman Haubenstock-Romati at the Hochschule (now Universität) für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and Musicology at the Abteilung für Musikwissenschaft at Vienna University. Since then he has taught at Newcastle and UEA Norwich, contributing to the teaching of analysis, cultural history and musical aesthetics and theory, music and politics, the operas of Leoš Janácek, music and gender and music and queer theory. He has published on music theory and aesthetics in the nineteenth century, German popular music, music theory, psychoanalysis and gender and sexuality.
BA (Hons) first class (Nottingham)
1995-1996: Lecturer A (temporary) University of Newcastle
1997-1998: Lecturer A University of East Anglia, Norwich
1998-2005: Lecturer A/B University of Newcastle
2005-present: Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
some Portuguese (reading knowledge)
some Russian and a little Czech
Yiddish and a little Hebrew
Singing flamenco and salsa
Current projects include an edited collection of essays Noise, Audition, Aurality: Histories of the Sonic World(s) of Europe, 1500-1945 with Kirsten Gibson, a co-authored book with Richard Elliott and Nanette de Jong entitled In the Shadow of the Phonograph: Ritual, Remembrance and Recorded Sound and a single-authored book Noise Communities: On the Sonic Component of the Social.
His single-authored book, Music, Masculinity and the Claims of History: the Austro-German Tradition From Hegel to Freud (Ashgate) was recently published (click here for more information).
Other recently completed works include an article with Beate Müller '“… and all of a sudden, in the middle of it, they began singing…”: languages and commemoration in Arnold Schoenberg’s cantata A Survivor from Warsaw (Op. 46)' for the Edinburgh German Yearbook (2014), a co-edited book for Ashgate (with Kirsten Gibson) entitled Masculinity and Western Musical Practice, (click here for more information) articles on popular music and masculinity and several chapters on Flamenco.
Dr Biddle recently gave research papers at the following institutions:
and conference papers at the following conferences:
and has taught as Visiting Professor at
Future research plans include work on noise in urban communities (with a major research bid to the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust planned for 2012 and 2013), a series of major articles on musical communities and a single-authored monoraph on noise.
Dr Biddle is also a Doutor colaborador for the project hosted at the Instituto de Musicologia, Lisbon entitled A indústria fonográfica em Portugal no século XX [The phongraphic industry in Portugal in the 20th century]. See here for more details.
Recently successfully completed PhDs include:
Dr Biddle was recently shortlisted for the Ruth Solie Prize (click here for more) for the book, co-edited with Vanessa Knights, Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local (Ashgate 2006).