• Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, attended Boston University and graduated with a dual major in English and Advertising, worked in publishing and advertising in Boston and then graduated from SUNY Buffalo with an MA and PhD in English. Working musician and audio engineer/producer, having recorded/placed songs in numerous commercial media outlets including an episode of an HBO show. Former touring musician with various bands that opened for The National, Interpol, The Faint, and Songs: Ohia in the 90s/early 2000s.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020-12-01 Way Out Music for Way Out Kids: Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson’s Experimental Electronic Music CollaborationsJournal of Popular Music Studies.  32:60-74. 2020-12-01
    2017-01-01 Harmony Endowed with Gifts from the Stars: Kim Stanley Robinson’s Memory of Whiteness (1986) and the Orchestrionic InstrumentAn International Journal of Science Fiction.  46:61-73. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Who Made Who(m)?: Listening to Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive (1986)Science Fiction Film and Television.  10:215-229. 2017-01-01
    2015-06-01 Mouth, Noise, and Nonsense: An Omnibus ReviewJournal of Popular Music Studies.  27:222-229. 2015-06-01
    2012-01-01 ‘All Manner of Revolving Things’: Musical Technology, Domestic Anxiety, and The Twilight Zone’s ‘A Piano in the House’Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television.  5:159-177. 2012-01-01
    2011-06-01 ‘Sounds Like a Human Performance’: The Electronic Music Synthesizer in Mid-Twentieth Century Science FictionScience Fiction Studies.  114:304-320. 2011-06-01
    2008-11-01 What Dreams Sound Like: Forbidden Planet and the Electronic Musical Instrument.  334-49. 2008-11-01
    "Just Like So But Isn’t: Musical Consciousness and Richard Powers’s Galatea 2.2."Extrapolation.  49:410-431.


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    2022-06-01 Disaster Pedagogy for Higher Education: Research, Criticism, and Reflection.  Rowman and Littlefield. 2022-06-01


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    2022-05-01 “Introduction to Ray Kurzweil” -- Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk..  Routledge. 278-285. 2022-05-01
    2020-05-01 "Introduction to Cyberpunk Music" -- The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture.  Routledge. 238-244. 2020-05-01
    2016-09-01 Keep Morton Weird: Reading a Humanities Building in the American South -- Remaking the American College Campus: Essays.  McFarland and Company. 113-123. 2016-09-01
    2013-02-01 "Introduction to Electronica" -- Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture.  ABC-CLIO. 403-408. 2013-02-01
    2008-09-01 “A History of the Electronic Musical Instrument in Film Song and Sound” -- Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media: A Critical Overview.  Continuum Books. 114-128. 2008-09-01


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    2022-11-01 “Review of Justin St. Clair’s Soundtracked Books from the Acoustic Era to the Digital Age: A Century of ‘Books that Sing.’”Los Angeles Review of Books. 2022-11-01
    2008-01-01 Review of Philip Hayward’s Off the Planet: Music, Sound, and Science Fiction Cinema.”Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 297-9. 2008-01-01


    Research Overview

  • Cultural studies and critical/cultural theory, science fiction and film, experimental and popular music culture, literature and technology, communication and media studies, writing about/with media and culture.
  • Investigator On

  • Professional Development Grant 2022-06-01 - 2023-06-01
  • New Course Development Grant 2018-06-01 - 2019-01-01
  • Teaching Overview

  • Popular culture and pop music studies, critical and cultural theory, science fiction, horror, and contemporary popular fiction and new media. Contemporary religion and spirituality with a focus on discourses of evil.
  • Full Name

  • Nicholas Christian Laudadio