David Novak

Associate Professor of Music, U California/Santa Barbara

David Novak, is an Assosicate Professor of Music at the University of California Santa Barbara.  He published Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation with Duke University Press in 2013.

Dr. Novak, an alumnus of Columbia's Ethnomusicology PhD program, was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the Heyman Center, Columbia University (B.A., East Asian Studies, 1992. Oberlin College; M.A., Ethnomusicology, 1999. Wesleyan University; Ph.D. Columbia University 2006). His work deals with the global circulation of popular music, media technologies and social practices of listening. His forthcoming book, Japanoise: The Cultural Feedback of Experimental Music, a multi-sited ethnography on the circulation of Noise between North America and Japan, will be published by Duke University Press. His other interests include history of sound recording, music as intellectual property, and the uses of sound in public space. Recent publications include “2.5 by 6 Metres of Space: Japanese Music Coffeehouses and Experimental Practices of Listening.” Popular Music 27(1):15-34, and “Onkyo/Oto, Chinmoku/Ma, to Impuro no Sendaitekina Disukuuru" [“Sound, Silence, and the Global Discourses of Improvisation”], in the Japanese-language volume The New Jazz Studies, eds. T. Miyawaki and M. Molasky, Tokyo: Kirara Shobou.

Please visit his faculty page at U.C. Santa Barbara for current information on Dr. Novak.

Japan noise: Global media circulation and the transpacific circuits of experimental music
Columbia Degrees: 
PhD, Ethnomusicology