Research interests: audiovisual culture; contemporary popular music; experimental film; music video; dance; synchronization; intermedia; synesthesia; music and painting
Henry Balme is a PhD candidate in music history. His dissertation, titled “Visual Music: Conceptions of Music in Abstract Film, 1921–64,” investigates a genre of experimental cinema born from the cross-pollination of abstract painting and music in the early twentieth century. He theorizes the intermedial film genre through the lenses of choreography, absolute music, and synesthesia. In his teaching, Henry has focused on popular music, drawing on materials from the 1950s to the present. When not absorbed in the watching of psychedelic films or entraining to pop, he hosts a weekly radio show on internet culture.