Mike D'Errico, Ph.D.

Mike D'Errico, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music
Center for the Arts, Studio 5

B.M., Music Education, University of New Hampshire
M.A., Music, Tufts University
Ph.D., Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Mike D’Errico initiated the Electronic Digital Instrument program at Albright, allowing students to take applied music lessons in DJing, beatmaking, synthesis, and other forms of digital music production. As a DJ and producer of hip-hop and electronic dance music, Dr. D’Errico has performed and collaborated with hip-hop and electronic dance music artists from Boston to Los Angeles. As a digital media artist, he has worked as a sound designer for virtual reality art installations and experimental video games, and he has developed mobile apps for music and multimedia annotation. His research interests include hip-hop, electronic dance music, popular music and technology, video games, and emerging digital media. His current book project, “Interface Aesthetics: Sound, Software, and the Ecology of Digital Audio Production,” examines the ways in which trends in music software and digital instrument design influence the composition and production of electronic music. He currently serves on the executive committee for the US branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and is a former technical editor of two online music journals, Echo: a music-centered journal and Ethnomusicology Review. Dr. D’Errico holds degrees in musicology, music, and music education from UCLA, Tufts University, and the University of New Hampshire, and has served on the faculty of music, music industry, and media studies departments at Pitzer College, Pomona College, and UCLA. Mike is on the executive board for Lion Records at Albright.

Artistic Production

  • “Mosaic.” Albright College
  • “Music for Games and Interactive Media.” Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
  • “Love From Afar: A Multimedia Concert.” The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Walk Among Worlds.” The Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Frequency.” The Smell, Los Angeles, CA
  • UCLA Game Arts Festival. The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Boston Cyberarts Festival. Atlantic Wharf, Boston, MA
  • MUSO Presents: The Books and The Attic Bits. University of New Hampshire
    Ordnance Multimedia Club Night Residency. Champion’s Café, Boston, MA
  • Naked Arts—Creativity Exposed. University of New Hampshire
  • The Man Who Was Thursday. AXIOM Gallery, Boston, MA

Courses Taught

MUS211 Theory and Aural Skills 1

MUS212 Theory and Aural Skills 2

MUS250 Introduction to Music Technology

MUS251 Recording Techniques

MUS351 Music Production

MUS360 Songwriting

MUS361 Commercial Arranging


  • Interface Aesthetics: Sound, Software, and the Ecology of Digital Audio Production (New York: Oxford University Press, in progress).
  • “‘Diggin’ in the Carts’: Technologies of Play in Hip-Hop Production and Performance.” In Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound, edited by Samantha Bennett and Eliot Bates. London: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • “Electronic Music,” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology, edited by Janet Sturman and Geoffrey J. Golson (Sage Publications, 2017).
  • “Worlds of Sound: Indie Games, Proceduralism, and the Aesthetics of Emergence.” Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 9, no. 2 (January 2016).
  • “Off the Grid: Instrumental Hip-Hop and Experimentalism After the Golden Age.” In The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop, edited by Justin Williams. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “Electronic Dance Music in the Dubstep Era.” In Oxford Handbooks Online. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • “Bassweight: Dubstep and the Transnational Space of Hip-Hop.” In Hopeless Youth! Tallinn, Estonia: Estonian National Museum, 2015.
  • “How to Reformat the Planet: Technostalgia and the ‘Live’ Performance of Chipmusic.” Journal on the Art of Record Production 6 (2012).

Professional Activities

  • Lion Records, Faculty Representative
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Executive Board
  • Journal of Popular Music Studies, Manuscript Reviewer
  • American Musicological Society, Communications Committee
  • Music Industry Data, Academic Rights Press, Researcher
  • “Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media, and the Digital Humanities,” Conference Committee Chair
Learn more about Mike D'Errico, Ph.D. at http://www.derricomusic.com