What does music have to do with mountain biking? In this presentation, Jeff Warren will begin by sharing some initial investigations into music and mountain biking, including examples of mountain biking films, listening to music while riding, and the sounds of bikes. He'll claim that musical uses both shape and attempt to reflect mountain biking experience. Then, he'll move to how these initial questions about music and mountain biking have led to bigger questions and a wider research project he's working on with his Quest colleague, sociologist John Reid-Hresko, that looks closely at mountain biking multimedia and embodied experience, examining questions surrounding ethics, identity, flow, and nature.
About the speaker
The question that most interests Jeff is, “How does music change the ways that people relate to each other? This has led him to study and teach a range of topics including music and ethics; improvisation; soundscape; philosophy; psychology; and phenomenology.
Jeff’s book, Music and Ethical Responsibility (Cambridge University Press) explores the ethical responsibilities that arise from musical experience. His creative work includes jazz composition and performance on electric and double bass. He is also a sound artist, and was commissioned to create a sound sculpture for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
His current research involves connections between music, philosophy and politics in Paris in the early 1970s, and the first stage of research was funded by SSHRC.
Jeff also does consulting work in interdisciplinary and general education curriculum design.
Prior to Quest, Jeff spent nine years teaching at Trinity Western University, where he maintains the title of Adjunct Professor of Music and Interdisciplinary Arts. He and his family enjoy getting out on the trails with his bike.