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Dr

Nicholas Tochka

Senior Lecturer In Music (Ethnomusicology)
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Europe / Eastern Europe
the United States
Latin America
Multicultural Australia
music
arts & humanities
popular music
albania
social sciences
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Dr

Nicholas Tochka

 
Division
Fine Arts And Music
 
Primary Interest
Popular music
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Dr

Nicholas Tochka

 

Nicholas Tochka researches popular, traditional, and art musics in Europe and the Americas, with a particular emphasis on the politics of music-making since 1945. He has taught seminars on fieldwork, historiography, globalization, and technology, and offers area courses on Eastern Europe, Latin America, African American music, and the Cold War.

He is currently Head of Ethnomusicology (MCM); in January 2019, he assumes a new leadership role as Head of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, a new combined department in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Dr. Tochka is currently completing a book manuscript titled _Rocking in the Free World: Popular Music and the Politics of Freedom in Postwar America_, which examines how postwar politics influenced the reception and practice of rock genres in the United States between the 1950s and 1980s. His first book, _Audible States: Socialist Politics and Popular Music in Albania_ (Oxford University Press, 2016), traced an aural history of postwar politics in Southeastern Europe by examining an annual singing contest broadcast on Radio-Television Albania since 1962. Drawing on a wide range of archival resources and over forty interviews with composers, lyricists, singers, and bureaucrats, that book describes how popular music became integral to governmental projects to improve society—and a major concern for both state-socialist and postsocialist regimes. Interweaving archival research with ethnography, Audible States demonstrates that modern political orders do not simply render social life visible, but also audible, offering a critical framework for understanding how—and why—modern state orders endeavour to control sound. His field and archival research has been funded by grants from Fulbright Program (IIE), the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archives and Library. His publications appear in Popular Music, Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Culture, Theory and Critique, and he has presented papers at national and international conferences on ethnomusicology, musicology, popular music, and area studies in Eastern Europe. From 2013 to 2016, he served as co-chair to the Special Interest Group in European Music of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Dr. Tochka has previously taught at Tufts University, the University of Maryland, and Northern Arizona University in the United States; he plays bass and a little bit of guitar.

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Senior Lecturer In Music (Ethnomusicology)

Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music

Education

Education


Ethnomusicology

Stony Brook University

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