Samuel Chan is a musicologist, thinking partner, and baritone in New York. He is interested in the politics of digital listening, transpacific sound studies, and histories of ethnomusicology. He has presented on musical hatred, sonic failures, and media circulation at Music Archive Finland and the Universities of Michigan, Minnesota, and Hong Kong. Collaborating with Sarah Hankins, Suzanne Thorpe, and Juan David Rubio, he has organized Sonic Fluidities, a sound studies conference featuring keynotes by George Lewis, Clara Latham, Roshanak Kheshti, and David Kirsh. He is Associate Editor at SEM Student News and an admin at Decolonizing Ethnomusicology.

Chan is a Henry MacCracken PhD Fellow in Ethnomusicology at New York University. He received his MA in Music/Integrative Studies (2018) from UC San Diego, where his thesis, “Frivolous Discords,” explored the politics of musical aversion through noise pollution and timbral contestations in contemporary Hong Kong. He received his BA in Music (First Class Honors, 2016) with a thesis on queer voices from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was awarded the Bernard van Zuiden Music Prize for graduating top of class. His studies were fully supported by the Hong Kong Government, Hong Kong Jockey Club Music Fund, and Kunkle and Pommerenke Fund.

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