I was born in Porto Alegre, Southern 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. The Group, coordinated by Maria Elizabeth Lucas, is an interdisciplinary collective focused on ethnomusicological research.
In 2008, after finishing my Bachelor of Music at UFRGS, I moved to the US to start my graduate studies with 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 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
cardoso AT tamu DOT edu