My research centers on popular music culture and, particularly, issues of genre, mediation and practice. I have pursued these interests in publications on Danish and Scandinavian hip-hop culture, issues of globalization and localization, musical censorship, format radio, artistic agency and music as a material practice combining inspirations from cultural sociology, assemblage, affect, and actor-network theory.
In later years, I have been particularly concerned with genre formations and other types of categorization in the context of digitized music distribution, specifically Spotify, and how this involves processes of abstraction – in the algorithmic mediation of everyday listening. Besides interrogating a non-reductive, new materialist understanding of musical genre, this has raised questions about methodology or how to research the musico-generic in-between of affect and algorithms. Also, I have grown increasingly concerned with the impact of online classification and distributional logics on everyday musical engagement, especially in the context of affective scenes.