UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


TALK: Trevor Pinch - The Moog Synthesiser as Technological and Sound Object - STS annual Haldane Lecture

30 April 2018

Trevor Pinch at Cornell University

Date: 06 June 2018

Time: 18:00

JZ Young Lecture Theatre, UCL Anatomy Building, Gower Street

FREE tickets: Eventbrite

Prof. Trevor Pinch (Cornell) will deliver the 2018 STS Haldane Lecture with his talk, 

"From Technology Studies to Sound Studies: The Moog Synthesiser as Technological and Sound Object"

The lecture will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 6th June, in the JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Dept. of Anatomy, Gower Street. The talk is open to the public, and tickets are free. If you wish to attend, please register on our Eventbrite page.

Sound Studies is a newly emergent interdisciplinary field which studies the material production, transmission, storage, and consumption of music, sound, noise, and silence and how these have changed throughout history and within different societies. In this lecture Trevor will examine how a new electronic soundscape came into being with a new instrument, the Moog Electronic Music Synthesizer. He will tell the story of this invention in upstate New York in 1964-9 and place it within the context of wider developments in electronic music and the counter-cultural sixties. His approach uses work in Science and Technology Studies to better understand the history of musical instruments as sounding objects, documenting how certain sounds stabilized as part of a new electronic soundscape and how other sounds failed to do so.


Professor Trevor Pinch's main research centres on three areas: the sociology of technology and how users engage with technology, sound studies and music and in particular the development of musical instruments and sound objects, markets and the economy with specific attention to the study of selling and persuasion.

He is also a performing musician with the Electric Golem, alongside James Spitznagel.

Any questions? Please contact sts@ucl.ac.uk.