Nick Reeder is an ethnomusicologist and recording engineer whose current research focuses on the co-evolution of improvised music, live sound engineering, and audience culture. He is currently developing his dissertation into a book on the history of audio engineering in the 60’s and 70’s, arguing for the role of performance in constructing technology and aesthetics within genre communities. His secondary area of interest is Brazilian music and the music of the African Diaspora, and he received a Tinker Grant to study Afro-Brazilian percussion in Salvador, Bahia, in 2009. He received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Brown University in 2014, where he studied with Jeff Todd Titon, Kiri Miller, and Dana Gooley. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked in recording studios in San Francisco, Reno, and Nashville, with artists including Bucky Baxter, E-40, Steve Kimock, MC Hammer, and The San Jose Community Choir. Most recently, he recorded master drummer Martin Obeng’s new CD, Africa’s Moving Forward.