I started my undergraduate degree set on a life in performance, but as my enthusiasm for the practise room wained I found myself leaning more towards musicology. I enjoy examining the social and political environments from which music emerges, its reception, and the implications thereof. My current study allows a great flexibility in terms of subject area, and so I am able to engage with the Cold War conception of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (1977), while playing with ideas for my upcoming writing on controversial South African rap group Die Antwoord and their performance of race.

This blog is not only intended as guilt free procrastination, but will hopefully get me into some good writing habits whilst helping to solidify or adapt my ideas. Often, I find myself losing track of my research and find simple diagrams or charts helpful in regaining my place – this blog is intended as an extension of this.



  • University of Leeds, MA Critical and Applied Musicology (2016-2018)
  • University of Huddersfield, BMus Music (Hons), (2012-2015)


Research Interests:

  • György Ligeti
  • Cold War
  • Postmodernism
  • Nihilism
  • Anarchism
  • Die Antwoord
  • Identity politics
  • Racial politics
  • Apartheid/Post-Apartheid
  • Perceived deviance