My research and teaching specializations are the cultural histories of global multimedia and music industries in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

My book project, Sounds of Where We Are, examines Manila’s musical cultures during the 1990s and onwards. Through a combination of archival research, musical analysis, and ethnographic fieldwork, I explore how the country’s mass entertainment industry has bestowed on its audience assurances of cultural and social authority. My research is based on my PhD dissertation, which was funded by a Cambridge International Scholarship and was supervised by Nicholas Cook, Matthew Machin-Autenrieth, and David Trippett. 

My second project, Listening to Caregiving, engages with global narratives of migration, cultural memory, and archiving. Through sonic ethnography, interactive digital mapping, and online crowdsourcing, my work sheds light on the experiences of Filipino domestic workers around the world. I launched the project at Princeton’s Migration and Humanities Lab, led by Sandra Bermann.

I’ve taught classes on musicology, ethnomusicology, sound studies, multimedia research methods, global culture industries, digital technologies, and audio/visual production. I’ve also supervised thesis projects on film and television studies, race, class, gender, and cultural consumption. 

My work has been supported by grants awarded by Cambridge Trust, Santander, American Musicological Society, Peterhouse Cambridge, Music & Letters Trust, Princeton University, and The New School.

 

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Articulating Media: Genealogy, Interface, Situation, book collection co-edited with Nathaniel Zetter, for the Technographies series of Open Humanities Press, forthcoming.

Rak en Rol: The Influence of Psychedelic Culture in Philippine Music,” Rock Music Studies, special issue on Global Psychedelia and Counterculture, edited by Kevin Moist, 5/3 (Sep 2018), 257-274.

“The Sound and Spectacle of Philippine Presidential Elections, 1953-1998,” Musical Quarterly, 100/3-4 (Jul 2018), 297-339.

“The Rapper Is Present: Sound Art, Liveness, and the Negotiation of Identity in Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 29/1 (Mar 2017).

“Radyo Tanudan: Sonic Collectivities in a Philippine Village,” chapter for the Routledge Companion to Radio Studies, edited by Mia Lindgren and Jason Loviglio, Routledge, under review.

“The Ballad of ‘Grandmaster PH’: Contesting Narratives and Lost Archives in Philippine Hip-Hop,” chapter for Hip-Hop Archives: The Politics and Poetics of Knowledge Production, edited by Mark V. Campbell and Murray Forman, Intellect Books, under review.

“Turn to Kitsch: Eat Bulaga! and the Arrangement of Musical Humor in Philippine Television,” chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Arrangement Studies, edited by Ryan Bañagale, Oxford University Press, under review.

2020

“Sounding Public Space in Manila’s Palengke,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Bath Spa University, Apr 8-11, 2021.

“Sounds of Caregiving: Listening to Filipino Migrants,” Music Department Seminar, SOAS University of London, Nov 24, 2020.

“The Ballad of Grandmaster PH: Hip-Hop Historiography and (Lost) Archives in the Philippines,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Oct 22-31, 2020.

“Sounding Public Space in Manila’s Palengke,” Sound Studies, Rhetoric, and Writing Conference, Detroit, Oct 1-3, 2020. 

“Punk as Soundtrack to Gay Beauty Pageants in Hawaii,” Society for American Music, Jul 16-18, 2020.

“Imagined Spaces: Song-and-Dance Sequences in Philippine Cinema,” Music and the Moving Image, New York University, May 29-31, 2020. 

“Sounding Public Space in Manila’s Palengke,” Un/Sounding the Relational City Conference, New York University, Feb 28-29, 2020.

2019

“Sounds of Caregiving: Listening to Filipino Migrants,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, Nov 6-10, 2019.

“Post-Revolution Song-and-Dance Sequences in Philippine Cinema,” American Musicological Society, Boston, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2019.

“Amateur Singing Contests and the Construction of a Philippine Pop Sound,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australian National University, Jun 24-28, 2019.

“Infrastructures of Injustice: Migration, Conflict, and Law,” Cambridge-Singapore-Princeton Workshop Series, Invited Discussant, Princeton University, Apr 26-27, 2019.

“Sounds of Migration: Listening to Filipino Caregivers in America,” Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Apr 24, 2019.

“Post/Colonial Singing Contests in Manila and the Construction of a Philippine Pop Sound,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, University of Aberdeen, Apr 11-15, 2019.

“Punk as Soundtrack to Gay Beauty Pageants in the Philippines,” Balancing the Mix Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice, University of Memphis, Mar 30, 2019.

“Sounds of Caregiving: Listening to Filipino Migrants in America,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US), New Orleans, Mar 7-10, 2019.

“Sounding Space in Manila’s Public Markets,” invited talk for undergraduate seminar on Sound Cultures, Princeton University, Feb 26, 2019.

2018

“Music, Migration, and Ethnographic Fieldwork,” invited talk for undergraduate seminar on American Music, Princeton University, Dec 4, 2018.

“Sounding Public Space in Manila’s Palengke,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Albuquerque, Nov 15-18, 2018.

“Punk as Soundtrack to Gay Beauty Pageants in the Philippines,” Royal Musical Association, University of Bristol, Sep 13-15, 2018.

“The Influence of American Divas and Pop Rockers on Contemporary Philippine Music,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US), Nashville, Mar 8-11, 2018.

“The Influence of American Divas and Pop Rockers on Contemporary Philippine Music,” Society for American Music, Kansas City, Feb 28 – Mar 4, 2018.

2017

“Constructing the Philippine Lowbrow: The Musical Variety Television Show Eat Bulaga!,” American Musicological Society, Rochester, Nov 9-12, 2017.

“Constructing the Philippine Lowbrow: The Musical Variety Television Show Eat Bulaga!,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Denver, Oct 26-29, 2017.

Administrator, British Forum for Ethnomusicology One-Day Conference “Listening to Difference: Music and Multiculturalism”, University of Cambridge, Oct 21, 2017.

Co-convener, “Excavating Media: Devices, Processes, Apparatuses” Conference, University of Cambridge, Jun 30-Jul 1, 2017.

“Constructing the Philippine Lowbrow: The Musical Variety Television Show Eat Bulaga!,” Music and the Moving Image, New York University, May 26-28, 2017.

“Manila’s Music and Mass Culture, 1990s and Beyond,” invited talk for the College of Music, University of the Philippines Diliman, May 22, 2017.

“Constructing the Philippine Lowbrow: The Musical Variety Television Show Eat Bulaga!,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, University of Sheffield, Apr 20-23, 2017.

“Assessing Appropriated Pop Songs and Performances,” International Musicological Society, Tokyo University of the Arts, Mar 19-23, 2017.

2016

“Musical Cultures in 1990s Philippines,” Peterhouse Graduate Symposium, University of Cambridge, Nov 12, 2016.

“The Sound and Spectacle of Philippine Presidential Elections,” Royal Musical Association, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sep 3-5, 2016.

“The Development of Mass Musical Culture in Manila, 1990s and Beyond,” Philippine Studies in the UK, University of Edinburgh, Jun 30-Jul 1, 2016.

“The Rapper is Present: Sound Art, Liveness, and Identity in Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’,” International Hip-Hop Studies, University of Cambridge, Jun 23-25, 2016.

“The Rapper is Present: Sound Art, Liveness, and Identity in Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’,” Music and the Moving Image, New York University, May 27-29, 2016.

“Emerging Challenges in the Culture Industry of the Philippines,” Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, Harvard University, Feb 12-15, 2016.

“The Rapper is Present: Sound Art, Liveness, and Identity in Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference, Bangor University, Jan 6-8, 2016.

I’m an assistant professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. I was previously a lecturer at The New School and a postdoc fellow at Princeton. I earned my PhD at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse, 2018). Prior to grad school, I worked as a journalist and editor for a decade, including a stint as deputy arts editor at the Middle East broadsheet The National. Email: james.gabrillo@austin.utexas.edu.

© Christo 

I’ve worked as a journalist and editor for various publications, including The National, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Rogue Magazine. My writing has also been published in Rolling Stone Italia and Al Jazeera English. I’ve also produced multimedia and documentary segments for Wired and The Japan Times.

I’ve reported on politics, culture, technology, and sports from major international cities. Notable coverage include presidential elections in both the US and the Philippines, international film, music, and art festivals, the Middle East’s first spelling bee, Formula 1 racing, and interviews with Michael Jordan, Grant Achatz, and Christo.