David Novak is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work deals with the globalization of popular media, noise, protest culture, and social practices of listening.
His book Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press, 2013) explores the movements of underground culture and alternative media between Japan and the United States in the extreme experimental genre of Noise, which has fostered a vital but deeply subterranean transnational network over the last three decades.
Novak is currently co-editing a forthcoming volume entitled Keywords in Sound, which lays out critical terms of sound studies to show how sound is defined and evaluated in intellectual histories of aesthetics, embodiment, social identity, and technology and media. He is also the author of recent essays and multi-media projects in Public Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Asian Music, and The Wire.
His newest research investigates the political interfaces of sound and social order in contemporary Japan, especially the affective productions of music and cultural performance in the emerging antinuclear movement. In 2013, Novak returned to Japan to document the 3rd Project Fukushima! festival and other antinuclear events.