Trace Reddell

Trace E. Reddell

Professor; Director of Emergent Digital Practices

What I do

Trace Reddell is a writer, artist and theorist exploring the interactions of sound and the cosmological imagination.


Sound Studies, Digital Media Studies, New Materialism, Philosophy, Cosmology, Science Fiction, Audiovisual Performance, Analog Synthesizers

Professional Biography

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 Professor and Director of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. His courses cover sonic arts, expanded cinema and audiovisual performance, sound studies, critical theory, science fiction studies, and philosophy of technology and media.

Trace's book, The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film (U of Minnesota Press, 2018), is a groundbreaking approach to sound in sci-fi films that offers new ways of construing both sonic innovation and science fiction cinema. Trace's second book, The Magic Circle: Sonic Substance in Psychedelic Music, is forthcoming from MIT Press.

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 is currently co-editing an upcoming issue of Dancecult: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, on psychedelia and electronica.

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


  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Colorado, 1997
  • MA, Creative Writing, University of Colorado, 1989
  • BA, English Literature, Texas Tech University, 1986

Professional Affiliations

  • The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts


Reddell, T. E. (2018). Linguistic Programming of Sonic Psychotechnologies @ Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival. Lafayette, CO, USA.


  • Dean's Award for Excellence, AHSS Dean