Research Team

david Dr. David Trippett

Project leader – Senior University Lecturer, University of Cambridge

David is musicologist and cultural historian. His research focuses on nineteenth-century intellectual history, Richard Wagner, and the philosophy of technology. Other interests include Franz Liszt and post-Classical Weimar, performance theory and the grey area between improvisation and composition, as well as posthumanism and musical creativity in the digital age. His first monograph, Wagner’s Melodies (CUP 2013), examines the cultural and scientific history of melodic theory in relation to Wagner’s writings and music. Other publications include editions and translations, as well as research and review articles, and some media work. [more]

melissa Dr. Melissa van Drie

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I’m a researcher working on histories of sound and listening,  especially related to 19th century devices like the théâtrophone, phonograph, telephone, stethoscope. I’m currently interested in “sensing the archive” and ways we can reconstruct past listening situations [more]

edward-gillin-copy Dr. Edward Gillin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Edward is a cultural historian who specializes in British science, technology, architecture, and politics in the nineteenth century. He is examining the intersections between music and science with particular emphasis on how materialistic conceptions of how sound worked fashioned new approaches to music. He collected a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2015. Working under the supervision of Professor William Whyte, he completed a thesis examining the uses of scientific knowledge in the building of Charles Barry’s new Houses of Parliament at Westminster between 1834 and 1860. [more]

melle Dr. Melle Kromhout

Melle primarily works on the intersection of musicology, sound studies and media theory. His current project deals with the development of the physical concepts of Fourier analysis and sine waves and their importance for the study of sound and music in the first half of the nineteenth century. He previously completed a PhD thesis at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam) on the role of noise in recorded sound and music and has published multiple articles on noise, sound technology and popular music. [more]