Eliot Bates – Oud and electronics

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Eliot Bates is an ethnomusicologist specializing in digital audio recording cultures and the production of contemporary music in Istanbul, Turkey. His book Music in Turkey: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University press. He teaches at Cornell University in the music department in conjunction with the Society for the Humanities (a position made possible through a 2-year New Faculty Fellows postdoc from ACLS). I taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, and did my Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Besides my research into Turkish contemporary music making (particularly, the music industry centered in Istanbul, and the production of traditional – folk – art musics in recording studios), he has also published papers on aesthetic issues in contemporary electronic music movements. Along with Graham St. John, he co-founded the dancecult.net collaborative bibliography project and the open source, peer-reviewed journal entitled Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture.