Michael Austin

Associate Professor; Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Communications

Associate Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Communications

Education: Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies (Arts and Technology), The University of Texas at Dallas; M.M. in Music Theory, The University of Texas at Austin; B.M. in Music Composition, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Courses Taught: Audio Engineering, Audio for TV and Film, Cinema Sound (MFA), Radio Production, Advanced Radio Production, Multitrack Music Production, Qualitative Research Methodology (CCMS)

Professional Experience: As an active composer/arranger/sound artist, Dr. Austin has written for chamber ensembles, choirs, vocal and instrumental soloists, film, new media, museum exhibitions, and sound installations. His sound art works have been exhibited at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden, the Dallas Museum of Art, White Box (NYC), UT-Dallas, and at the 2015 annual conference of the University Film and Video Association in Washington, D.C. Films for which he composed music are screened in film festivals across the United States and Europe. As a professional musician, Dr. Austin has performed with various groups throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Brazil, including Dallas Pro Musica, UT Austin’s Early Music Ensemble, the Texas Bach Choir, the UTSA Lyric Theatre, UT Dallas’ Musica Nova Ensemble, the professional choir at Washington National Cathedral, and other university choirs and ensembles. An album he recorded and engineered has been published by Albany Records.

Research Interests: Dr. Austin’s research interests focus on music and sound in emerging and interactive media. He is a member of the Laboratoire Musique et Informatique de Marseille [MIM] (Music and Informatics Laboratory of Marseille, France). His presentations and published articles include research on music analysis, sonic culture, music and sound in emerging and interactive media, digital aesthetics, and the politics of representation. He has also published encyclopedia entries on computer music, digital audio, brand image, computer models of music (psychology), among others. He serves on the editorial boards of the College Music Society’s journal College Music Symposium, the online journal Evental Aesthetics, and a forthcoming journal on videogame music. He is editor of the anthology Music Video Games: Performance, Politics, and Play (Bloomsbury Academic Press) and is currently working on a monograph on representations of subalterity in music videos (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Michael Austin
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C.B. Powell Building, C-229E
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