ULRICH ADELT is Assistant Professor for American Studies at the University of Wyoming. He received an MA degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany and a PhD degree from the University of Iowa. He has published in numerous journals and is the author of Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White (Rutgers UP, 2010). Currently he is working on a book-length manuscript about Krautrock, German popular music from the 1970s.

HENRIK BRUMM heads a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. In 2005, he was appointed as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin. His research focuses on the communication and social behavior of animals, and the relationships between animal sounds and music. He has published more than 30 articles in academic journals and is the editor of Animal Communication and Noise (Springer, forthcoming).

REBECCA JABLONSKY received a BA degree from Hunter College, with a major in psychology and a minor in religion. She earned an MA degree from New York University, concentrating in psychology while also delving into anthropology and media studies. She currently writes about art, science, technology, and feminism at

RICK MOODY is the author of five novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and a recently published collection of essays, On Celestial Music (Back Bay Books, 2012). His work has been widely serialized and anthologized. He teaches in the writing program at New York University. He also plays and sings in The Wingdale Community Singers.

MADISON MOORE is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Yale University. His writing has appeared, among other places, in Interview and Art in America, and his dissertation focuses on nightlife, Warhol, and the use of glamour and fierceness in everyday life. Other interests include electronic dance music, DJ culture, Grace Jones, and Post-1945 art.

TAVIA NYONG'O teaches black music, culture and performance studies at New York University, and is the author of The Amalgamation Waltz (U of Minnesota P, 2009). He is on the Social Text collective and blogs at BullyBloggers and HearIsQueer.

MICHAEL D. SNEDIKER is an Associate Professor of Literature at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His first book, Queer Optimism, was published by U of Minnesota, and his second book, on the aesthetics of disability, is under advance contract with the same press. His articles have appeared in journals including ELH, Modernism/Modernity. His poems have appeared in magazines including jubilat, Plieades, and The Paris Review.

KATE THOMAS is Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal and Victorian Letters (Oxford UP, 2011) and is currently working on a book on nineteenth-century food culture to be called Victorians Fat and Thin.

ROSSEN VENTZISLAVOV was born in Bulgaria and has been living in New York for the past twelve years. His formal training is in philosophy and he received a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2011. Academically he specializes in the history of philosophy and aesthetics. He is also an avid listener to popular music.