I was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where I studied at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). In 2005, I joined the UFRGS Grupo de Estudos Musicais (Music Studies Group) as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Maria Elizabeth Lucas’s supervision.

In 2008, after finishing my Bachelor of Music at UFRGS, I moved to the US to start my graduate studies with Dr. Veit Erlmann at UT-Austin. My Master’s thesis is an ethnographic study of visual music (from abstract cinema to liquid shows, from DJ/VJ performances to software development) as it evolved in Los Angeles — where I conducted fieldwork in 2009.

My first book, Sound-Politics in São Paulo (Oxford University Press, 2018) tackles controversies surrounding noise control in São Paulo, Brazil.

I’m currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University.

interests: actor-network theory, sound studies, performance studies, governmentality, public administration, law

Here you can find some of my projects, writings, and teaching activities. Also, I occasionally make music.

cardoso AT tamu DOT edu



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