Dr. Leonardo Cardoso
Leonardo Cardoso is a Sound Studies scholar with interests in noise, urban space, law, technology, citizenship in Latin America, and Actor-Network Theory. He has written on visual music (from abstract cinema to liquid shows, from DJ/VJ performances to software development), film music, and youth culture.
His current research project, Sound-Politics in São Paulo: Noise and Citizenship in the Brazilian Metropolis (under contract with Oxford University Press) tackles controversies surrounding noise control in São Paulo. By focusing on the city’s soundscape as an unstable assemblage that includes music, traffic noise, industrial noise, protest sounds, religious sounds, and silencing techniques (such as soundproofing), the book examines the constant tensions that surface when local actors attempt to categorize “silence/rest,” “noise,” and “music,” and justify the presence of certain sounds in the city.
Dr. Cardoso’s upcoming research project is an ethnographic and archival study of the Brazilian government through sonic assemblages, including acoustic surveillance, wiretapping, and the acoustics of governmental buildings.