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Dr. Andrew Clay McGraw
Dr. Andrew Clay McGraw
Associate Professor of Music

Andy McGraw received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in 2005.  Dr. McGraw has published several articles and a monograph (on Oxford) concerning traditional and experimental music in Southeast Asia and has written articles on jazz, music in American jails and Cuban music. He is an active performer and directs a Balinese gamelan orchestra for the Richmond community.

2010 Cornell Society for the Humanities Fellowship. 
2010 Society for Ethnomusicology Stevenson Award. 
2010 MidAtlantic Arts Council Grant. 
2006  APPEX/State Department Fellowship. 
2004 ArtsInternational Grant.
2003 US Department of Education Fulbright-Hays.

Ethical Atmospheres of Music. Invited Lecture. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, February 2019. 

Empirical Analysis of Microtiming in Keroncong Cello-Drumming. AAWM 2018  Thessaloniki, Greece, 2018

PASEA 2018 Saba, Malaysia. Invited Lecture ITB, Bandung, Indonesia, 2018

Music as Ethical Practice: Behaviorism and Virtue at the Twin Oaks Intentional Community. Society for American Music. Kansas City. November 2018      

Music as Ethical Practice in an American Commune. ICTM. Limerick. July 2017.              

Musical as Ethical Practice in an American Jail. Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group, London. July 2017.

Ethical Friction: Ethnomusicological Perspectives on Music in the Richmond City Jail. SAM. Montreal. March 2017.

Timbre and Microtiming in Afro-Cuban Rumba. With Fernando Benadon. AAWM. NYC. June 2016.

Utopian Musical Atmospheres in Three Alternative Communities, SUS Pittsburgh, November 2015. 

Music in Capitalism’s Aporias. AAA Boulder, November 2015.

Atmospheres of Surveillance in the Richmond City Jail. INTC/SEM Limerick, September 2015. 

Byar Sebagai Tanda Identitas Daerah.  Keynote, ISI Bali, June 2014.

Sounding Neoliberalism in the Richmond City Jail. SEM. Pittsburgh. November 2014.

Byar Sebagai Tanda Identitas Daerah. Symposium on Gong Kebyar, ISI Bali. November, 2014.

Sounding Utopia in the Richmond City Jail. SUS Montreal, October 2014.

Three-Dimensional Representation and Printing of Music. Convergence, UCSD. May 2014.

The Representing Robot: Posthumanism and Exotification in the Gamelatron. SEM Indianapolis. November 2013.

Three Dimensional Comparison of Temporality in Javanese and Balinese Traditional Music. Performing Indonesia Conference, Smithsonian Institute. November 2013.

Three Dimensional Representations of Musical Time. ICTM. Shanghai, July 2013.

Heritage Abroad: the Robotic Gamelan. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco. November 2012.

Microcoordination in Balinese Gamelan, A Preliminary Analysis. Society for Music Theory Annual Conference. New Orleans. November 2012.

New Sonic Objects. Invited lecture for music theory colloquium, University of Florida, Tallahassee. October 25th, 2012.

How the Gamelan Lost its Body: Posthumanism, Reflexivity and the Robotic   Gamelan. KITLV-IIAS Conference. UNUD, Bali, Indonesia. July 2012.

‘We are always your object’ the Ethic of Interculturalism in Odalan Bali. Association for Asian Scholars Annual Conference. Hawaii.

Quasi-collaboration and the Poetics of Pedophilia in A House in Bali. Global Aesthetics Conference. Cornell Society for the Humanities. October 2010.

Ideologies of Intonation in Bali, Indonesia. AAWM. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. February 2010.

In progress: Sounding Out the State of Indonesian Music. Co-edited with Christopher Miller. Cornell University Press (SEAP).

Under review: Good Music, Sound Ethics: Music as Ethical Practice. Solicited by Oxford University Press: American Musicways Series.

2016: Performing Indonesia. Co-edited with Sumarsam. Smithsonian Online Publications.

2013: Radical Traditions: Reimagining Culture in Balinese New Music. New York: Oxford University Press.


Accepted: “Near Unisons in Afro-Cuban Drumming” (with Fernando Benadon and Michael Robinson). Music and Science 1(1).

2016: “The Byar: An Empirical and Ethnographic Study of a Balinese Musical Moment.” (with Christine Kohnen). Analytical Approaches to World Music 5(1).  

2015: “Atmosphere as a Concept for Ethnomusicology.” Ethnomusicology 60(1).

2013: “Preliminary Remarks on the Helical Representation of Musical Time.” Analytical Approaches to World Music 3(1).

2012: “The Ambivalent Freedoms of Indonesian Jazz.” Jazz Perspectives 6(3). (18,000 word).


In progress: “The Moral Economy of Music in Tenganan Village, Bali,” In the Oxford Handbook to Economic Ethnomusicology.

In progress: “Musical Atmospheres and Process Philosophy,” In Music and Atmosphere, edited by Friendlind Reidel. Routledge.

2018: “Ethical Soundscapes in the Richmond City Jail.” In Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place. Lisbon: Acultura.

Accepted: “The Gong as a Symbol of State Power in Indonesia.” In Sounds of Hierarchy and Power in Southeast Asia, NIAS Press.

2018: “Ethical Friction: Ethnomusicological Perspectives on Music in the Richmond City Jail.” Oxford University Press Handbook on Applied Ethnomusicology.

2016: “Radio Java.” In Sublime Frequencies. Edited by Michael Veal. Wesleyan University Press.

2015: “Musical Sanctuary in the Richmond City Jail.” In Tacet: Sound in the Arts. Edited by Matthieu Saladin. Published by Haute École des Arts.

2013: Several entries (15-600 words each) on Indonesian musical instruments for the new edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Oxford University Press).

2013: “The Ethical Aesthetics of I Wayan Sadra.” In Performing Arts in Postmodern Bali: Changing Interpretations, Founding Traditions. Edited by Kendra Stepputat. Aachen, Germany: Shaker Verlag.

2013: “The Geopolitics of Intercultural Experimentalism.” In What is Experimental Music. Edited by Benjamin Piekut. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

“The Balinese Avant-Garde: Transnational Networks, Mobile Identities.” In Southeast Asian Performance, Transnational Perspectives. Edited by Matthew Isaac-Cohen and Laura Noszlopy. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Invited blogpost for Oxford University Press.

Audio Recordings

Gamelan Cage. Full length CD of original arrangements of early John Cage prepared piano works for hybrid and found gamelan. Produced in collaboration with Madé Subandi and the Ceraken ensemble. Sargasso (UK), with extensive liner notes (5,250 word).  

Kolaborasi. 2008. Porter Records. 

Sudamala. Double CD of traditional and experimental Balinese music performed by Gamelan Dharma Swara. Turis Records. Featuring my 13 minute original gamelan orchestra work Sikut Sanga.


2016: “Bali 1928.” Commissioned review essay for Asian Music. 6,000 words, with contributions by Gusti Sudarta.

Ph.D., Wesleyan University
Contact Information
B-125 Booker Hall
(804) 287-1807
Areas of Expertise
Southeast Asian traditional and experimental musics
Intercultural performance
Rhythm analysis