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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

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Faculty & Staff

Trace Reddell, PhD

Office Location: Sturm Hall, Room 216B

Phone: 303-871-3874


About: Trace Reddell is a writer, artist and theorist exploring the interactions of sound and the cosmological imagination. Trace's book, The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film (U of Minnesota Press, 2018), takes a groundbreaking approach to sound in science fiction films that offers new ways of construing both sonic innovation and science fiction cinema. Trace is planning a sequel that picks up where the first book ended, in 1990, and includes discussions not only of SF films but also TV shows, music videos, live cinema, and audiovisual performance. He is also developing book projects on psychedelic rock, vaporwave and synthwave, and space music.

Other publications include the feature essay, "Ethnoforgery and Outsider Afrofuturism," in Dancecult: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2013); the chapter, "Cyborg Ritual and Sentic Technology in the Vortex Concerts," in The Poetics of Space: Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology (Sonic Acts Press, Paradiso, 2010); and a chapter on web-based audio and networked sound projects in Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006). Other articles have appeared in Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the Contemporary Music Review, and the Electronic Book Review.

Trace's audiovisual performances and video works have screened at over thirty international venues including galleries and new media festivals in New York, Denver, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tehran. His and audio projects have appeared on the Web since 1999.

Trace received a Ph.D. in English from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997, an M.A. in Creative Writing from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1989, and a B.A. in English Literature from Texas Tech University in 1986. Trace is Associate Professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. His courses cover sound studies, critical theory, new and speculative materialism, science fiction studies, philosophies of technology and media, as well as production courses in sonic arts, expanded cinema, and audiovisual performance.

Selected Classes: 

  • EDPX 3490/4490: Expanded Cinema
  • EDPX 3500/4500: Sonic Arts
  • EDPX 3750/4750: Sound Cultures
  • EDPX 3780/4780: Speculative Cultures
  • EDPX 4020: Emergent Digital Cultures


  • PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder (1996)
  • MA, University of Colorado, Boulder (1989)
  • BA, Texas Tech University (1986)

Selected Publications

  • Reddell, T. (2018) The sound of things to come: An audible history of the science fiction film. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Reddell, T. (2013) "Ethnoforgery and outsider afrofuturism" in Dancecult: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 5(2).
  • Reddell, T. (2010) "Cyborg ritual and sentic technology in the vortex concerts" in The Poetics of Space: Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology. Paradiso, NL: Sonic Acts Press.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Performer, "Linguistic Programming of Sonic Psychotechnologies," Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival
  • Curator, "Visualsoundings: New Music Series" at Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver

Website: Trace Reddell, University of Denver