Alex Hallenbeck
Musicology – Research Focus: Ontological issues in American popular music

Alex is a Ph.D. student in musicology at UCLA, having previously received an MA in musicology from Indiana University in 2016 and a BA in music from Cornell University in 2013. His research focuses broadly on ontological issues in American popular music, especially those surrounding transcription, but he has also presented research on the gendered discourse of Charles Ives and on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Current projects range from Gunther Schuller’s problematic transcriptions of Ornette Coleman’s free jazz to the recorded music of Frank Zappa and Ariana Grande. Alex has spoken at conferences in numerous countries, including IASPM-Canada and the Society for American Music, along with jazz and transcription conferences in Europe. He was previously a co-coordinator for the department’s Distinguished Lecture Series (2017-18) and is currently pursuing UCLA’s Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy.

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