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Justin Patch

Assistant Professor of Music
Vassar College

Justin Patch is assistant professor of music at Vassar College. His research focuses on sound and emotion in contemporary US political campaigns and has appeared in Soundings, The European Legacy, The Journal of Sonic Studies, Americana, The Ethnomusicology Review, American Music, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and several the edited volumes. His monograph, Discordant Democracy: Sound, Affect, and Populism in the Presidential Campaign, was published by Routledge in 2019.

Biography

Justin Patch is assistant professor of music at Vassar College. His research focuses on sound and emotion in contemporary US political campaigns and has appeared in Soundings, The European Legacy, The Journal of Sonic Studies, Americana, The Ethnomusicology Review, American Music, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and several the edited volumes. His monograph, Discordant Democracy: Sound, Affect, and Populism in the Presidential Campaign, was published by Routledge in 2019. Along with writing about music culture and sound studies, he has also published on music education, science fiction, and anti-war protest. His current project is completing an instruction to Sound Studies text book with Thomas Porcello.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Music Studies, Political Anthropology, Media Studies

Personal Interests

    Sport and American sports culture, improvised music, dogs, art museums, horror movies

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Discordant Democracy: Noise, Affect, Populism, and the Presidential Campaign - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Music Curricula for a New Century

The Case for Pop Ensembles in the Curriculum: Amateurism, Leadership, Civics and Lifelong Learners


Published: Oct 01, 2017 by Music Curricula for a New Century
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Subjects: Education, Music

This article is a contribution to Robin Moore's edited volume on new music education curricula. The chapter looks at teaching pop music and the value of musical amateurism in a collegiate curriculum.

Journal of Popular Music Studies

Making Sense of 2016: Perspectives on Popular Music and the Presidential Campaigns


Published: Aug 01, 2017 by Journal of Popular Music Studies
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Subjects: Political Science, Music

Proceedings from a roundtable on music and the 2016 election from 2017. Other articles included are by Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, James Deaville, and Travis Gosa.

American Music

Communication Breakdown: How Political and Musical Representations Fail


Published: Jun 01, 2017 by American Music
Authors: Justin Patch
Subjects: Political Science

This short essay examines the gap between representation of music and musical political representation in recent campaigns to examine why ham-fisted attempts by campaigns at utilizing the power of music often fail.

American Music

Notes on Deconstructing Populism: Pop Music in the 2012 Campaign Trail


Published: Oct 01, 2016 by American Music
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Subjects: Political Science, Music

This article looks at the nascent populism of the 2012 campaign, which came to full force in 2016,

Critical and New Literacies: Teaching towards Democracy  with Postmodern and Popular Culture Texts

Science and Fiction: A Polemic on the Role of the Humanities in the Economy of Innovation


Published: Jun 01, 2014 by Critical and New Literacies: Teaching towards Democracy with Postmodern and Popular Culture Texts
Authors: edited by Patricia Paugh, Trish Kress, and Robert Lake
Subjects: Education

This essay looks at the importance of imaginative fiction in scientific development and innovation.

Ethnomusicology Review

Total War, Total Anti-War: Music, Holism and Anti-war Protest


Published: Aug 01, 2013 by Ethnomusicology Review
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Subjects: Political Science, Music

Total War examines the imaginative causal structures that animated Austin Against War, a grassroots anti-war group in Austin, Texas.

Journal of Sonic Studies

Caught in the Current: Writing Ethnography that Listens,


Published: May 01, 2013 by Journal of Sonic Studies
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Subjects: Music, Philosophy, Anthropology - Soc Sci

Caught in the Current theorizes the sonic-affective dimensions of ethnography and ethnographic writing.

Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture

The Politics of Dancing: Jimmy Carter, Square Dancing and Embodied Populism on the Campaign Trail


Published: May 01, 2012 by Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture
Authors: Justin Patch
Subjects: Political Science, Music

This article examines the role that square dancing played in Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter's image during the 1976 campaign.

The European Legacy

The Song of the Sirens and the Non-Transcendental


Published: Aug 01, 2010 by The European Legacy
Authors: Justin Patch
Subjects: Philosophy, Anthropology - Soc Sci

Written for a special edition of the journal for the 50th anniversary of the publication of "The Dialectic of Enlightenment", this article looks at the role of "The Dialectic" in ethnography.

Soundings

The Art of Noise: Experiencing the Sound of Politics


Published: Oct 01, 2009 by Soundings
Authors: Justin Patch
Subjects: Political Science, Music

This article examines the role of sound, particularly crowd noise, in the modern political campaign. Written shortly after the end of Obama's 2008 campaign and inauguration, this article take the experience of working for the Texas Democratic Party as the starting point for sonic analysis.