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Mark J. Butler

Mark J. Butler is Professor in the Department of Music Studies at Northwestern University. He is a music theorist whose research addresses electronic dance music, rhythm, gender and sexuality, and technologically mediated performance. He is the author of Unlocking the Groove (Indiana, 2006) and Playing with Something That Runs: Technology, Improvisation, and Composition in DJ and Laptop Performance (Oxford, 2014), and the editor of Electronica, Dance, and Club Music (Ashgate, 2012). Butler has held fellowships at The University of Texas at Austin and the American Academy in Berlin. He served as president of IASPM-US from 2015–2017.



Mykaell S Riley is the Head of Music Production at the University of Westminster. His career started as a founder member of the British roots Reggae band Steel Pulse. Over the years he has performed, produced, managed and consulted on many successful artists and their projects. In 2004, he established The Black Music Research Unit for which he co-authored the first National Jazz report and the Value of Jazz2 for Jazz Services in 2009. He also contributed to the Black British Jazz report 2009-2011. In 2016, he received the first major Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) award titled Bass Culture, to research the impact of Jamaican music in Britain. Mykaell currently sits on the academic board for the Museum of London.