Walker Downey received a PhD in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

While anchored in art history, Walker’s research cuts across musicology, sound studies, media studies, and science and technology studies (STS). Walker is interested in contemporary sound art and its roots in experimental music of the Sixties and Seventies; the role played by electronic media—e.g., magnetic tape and circuitry—in cross-disciplinary sonic experimentation; cultural techniques and technologies of listening and silencing; and the politics of race, gender, and class that have historically shaped attempts to classify and combat “noise” and noise pollution.

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