Show The Graduate Center Menu

Eliot Bates
Position: Assistant Professor, Music
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8612
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: musics of Turkey; audio technologies; recording studios; critical organology; science and technology studies

Eliot Bates is an ethnomusicologist specializing in audio technologies, recording studio cultures and the contemporary production of music in Istanbul, Turkey. Before joining the faculty at CUNY he taught at the University of Birmingham (UK), at Cornell University (as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and adjunct fellow of the Society for the Humanities), and at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to his written publications, he is also a professional audio engineer, and a performer and recording artist of the 11-stringed-oud.

Representative publications:
2016. Digital Tradition: Arrangement and Labor in Istanbul's Recording Studio Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
2011. Music in Turkey: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
2017. Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. Co-edited with Samantha Bennett (ANU)
Journal articles and book chapters
forthcoming. “Agency in Contemporary Recording Production.” In Oxford Handbook of the Creative Process in Music, ed. Nicolas Donin. New York: Oxford University Press. Invited chapter.
2014. “Music, Mobility and Distributed Recording Production in Turkish Protest Music,” in Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, ed. Jason Stanyek and Sumanth Gopinath. New York: Oxford, p 339-360.
2013. “Popular Music Studies and the Problems of Sound, Society and Method.” IASPM@Journal 3(1): 15-32.
2012. “The Social Life of Musical Instruments.” Ethnomusicology 56(3): 363-395.
2012. “What Studios Do.” Journal on the Art of Record Production 7(1).
2010. “Mixing for Parlak and Bowing for a Büyük Ses: The Aesthetics of Arranged Traditional Music in Turkey.” Ethnomusicology 54(1):81-105.
2009. “Ron’s Right Arm: Tactility, Visualization, and the Synesthesia of Audio Engineering.” Journal on the Art of Record Production 4(i).
2004. “Glitches, Bugs, and Hisses: The Degeneration of Musical Recordings and the Contemporary Musical Work,” in Bad Music: The Music We Love to Hate, ed. Chris Washburne & Maiken Derno. New York: Routledge, p 212-225.
Recent recordings
2016. Basquerole. Aughts and 40s, Mr Freeze (producer, composer, oud, sarod, percussion, synthesis)
2014. The Big Bumble Bees. The Big Bumble Bees. Tin Angel Records (composer, oud, arrangement)
2013. Kaderci. Mercator’s Revenge. miq productions (composer, producer, oud, percussion, synthesis)
2011. Current 93. HoneySuckle Æons. Coptic Cat (oud, percussion, arrangement)
2010. Current 93. Baalstorm, Sing Omega. Coptic Cat (oud, percussion, arrangement)
2008. Kaderci. Mapping Cartographic Abstractions. miq productions (composer, producer, oud)