Timothy D. Taylor is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Global Pop: World Music, World Markets (Routledge, 1997), Strange Sounds: Music, Technology and Culture (Routledge, 2001), Beyond Exoticism: Western Music and the World (Duke, 2007), and numerous articles on various popular musics, classical musics, and social/cultural theory. His The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture, was published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently writing book on music in today's capitalism. His interests include globalization, technology, race, ethnicity, consumption, tourism, and gender. He has received a fellowship from the National Humanities Center, as well as a junior fellowship and the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. His article “The Commodification of Music at the Dawn of the Era of Mechanical Music,’” published in Ethnomusicology in 2007, was awarded the Jaap Kunst Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2008. He is currently working on a book entitled Capitalism, Music, and Social Theory. Additionally, he is an avid performer of Irish traditional music on the flute, and can be heard regularly at sessions in southern California.
Tony Grajeda is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of English, University of Central Florida, and is on the graduate faculty of the Ph.D. program, Texts and Technology. He is editor (with Jay Beck) of Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound (University of Illinois Press 2008) and was guest co-editor of a special issue on “The Future of Sound Studies” for Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (2008). His work has appeared in Jump Cut, Film Quarterly, Social Epistemology, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Chain, and disClosure, as well as several anthologies, including, Ubiquitous Musics: The Everyday Sounds That We Don’t Always Notice (Ashgate, forthcoming). He founded and is former co-chair of the Sound Studies Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.