Ben Oyler

First Year Graduate Student in Theory
103, Music Building

Ben is a first-year doctoral student in music theory. His research explores transnational circulations of Euro-American musical and literary experimentalism from the 1960s to the present. Actively blurring lines of inquiry, he draws on sound studies, critical theory, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies to consider affective and material entanglements in scenes of improvisation and experimental creative production. He focuses particularly on questions of subjectivity, community, and listening in freely-improvised performance, attending to how such open-ended activity shades into everyday modes of political praxis. Previously, Ben earned a MM in musicology with a certificate in social theory from the University of Tennessee, where he wrote a thesis on free improvisers in Oslo, Norway.