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




Trace’s first book, The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film (University 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); “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 in Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006). Other sound-related articles have appeared in Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the Contemporary Music Review, and the Electronic Book Review.

Trace's short fiction has appeared in Fiction InternationalSniper LogicAmerican GoatBlack Ice, and the anthology, Midsummer Night's Dreams (Masquerade Books, 1998). His short story, "The Hindenburg Incident (A Medicine Man Adventure)," appeared in the anthology of original superhero stories, Alter Egos, Vol. 2 (Source Point Press, 2014). A Medicine Man novel is in the works.



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, Paris, Zurich, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tehran. His and audio projects have appeared regularly on the Web since 1999. He founded Denver 's first digital media festival, A:D:A:P:T, in Spring 2003 at Denver 's Museum of Contemporary Art.


Trace is Associate Professor 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, sound, and speculative materialism. He received a Ph.D. in English Literature 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.