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Noel James Lobley

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Music
Office location and address
Wilson 109
30 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Biography

Noel Lobley is an ethnomusicologist, sound curator and artist who works across the disciplines of music, anthropology sound art and composition to develop a series of experiential sound events and international curatorial residencies. Through extensive fieldwork in sub-Saharan Africa, much of his creative practice takes ethnographic sound and music recordings out of archives for circulation back among communities. He has collaborated with musicians, sound artists, DJs, choreographers and composers in South Africa, the UK and throughout Europe and the US to develop creative and ethical ways for recordings to be experienced in spaces ranging from art galleries, festivals and museums, to schools, rainforests and township street corners.

Noel previously worked as a sound curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, lecturing in both music and anthropology, and where he continues to serve as a Research Associate. He also has twenty years experience working as a DJ and in radio and the music industry. Noel has served on the committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, is an appointed member of the Royal Anthropological Institute's ethnomusicology committee, and was awarded the 2015 Curl Lectureship at the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Noel is curating an ongoing series of touring sound installation and remix projects designed to link major ethnographic collections from across sub-Saharan Africa, developing projects with local artists, communities and institutions, in order to implement collaborative and sustainable methods to curate the possible histories and futures of sonic heritage. He is currently working on Curating Sound, a monograph that explores practical contemporary sound curation.

MUSI 2070: Popular Musics
Credits: 3
Scholarly and critical study of music circulated through mass media. Specific topic for the semester (e.g. world popular music, bluegrass, country music, hip-hop, Elvis Presley) announced in advance. No previous knowledge of music required.
MUSI 2090: Sound Studies: Anthropology and the Art of Sound Experience
Credits: 3
We combine approaches from sound studies, musicology, anthropology, and composition in order to explore and experience music, sound and artistic practice in their human (and non-human) behavioural contexts. We investigate local and global sound cultures and trace the ways in which their sounds are sampled, remixed, circulated and experienced.
MUSI 2559: New Course in Music
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Music.
MUSI 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 3570: Music Cultures
Credits: 3
Studies of various musical topics, with emphasis on relatons between music and cultural context. Taught at the major level.
MUSI 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4523: Issues in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3
An intensive experience with ethnomusicology and performance studies, this seminar explores musical ethnography (descriptive writing), experiential research, sociomusical processes, and other interdisciplinary approaches to musical performance. Addresses issues involving race, class, gender, and identity politics in light of particular topics and areas studies. Prerequisite: MUSI 3070 or instructor permission.
GDS 4559: New Course in Global Development Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Global Development Studies.
MUSI 4559: New Course in Music
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Music.
GSGS 4559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
MUSI 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7526: Topics in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3
Studies the field of ethnomusicology. Specific issues and cultural areas addressed depend on the interests of students and the instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8920: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
MUSI 9910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9920: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.