Social Action, Technology, Music & Art

Hi, I'm Brian Hogan, PhD, an ethnomusicologist, software engineer, and drummer living in Boston, MA.

I work on software that makes a difference. I'm interested in applying computer science thinking to real world problems.

I also research and give talks on music and social inequality in Africa.

You can find my work out in the wilds of the web, or check out the rest of this site to view some of my previous works.

I'm always interested in new ideas and projects.

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Social Action through
Technology, Music, & Art

My work brings about change in the world by applying modern technology to important problems.

Below you'll find web applications that help create renewable energy, conserve energy and natural resources, and efficiently store energy.

You’ll also find documentary film and photography, published research, and online resources that confront discrimination and inequality in Africa.

And some musical performances just for fun.

— Brian Hogan, PhD

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Music & Art


2015 “They Say We Exchanged Our Eyes for the Xylophone: Resisting Tropes of Disability as Spiritual Deviance in Birifor Music.” in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies. Blake Howe, S. Jensen-Moulton, N. Lerner, and J. Straus, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

2015 Book review of A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender by Ellen Koskoff. Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music. New York, NY: Eugene Lang College.

2011 “Enemy Music: Blind Birifor Xylophonists of Northwest Ghana.” Ph.D. dissertation, UCLA.

2010 Book review of The Garland Handbook of African Music, 2nd edition edited by Ruth Stone and Focus: Music of South Africa by Carol Muller. African Arts. Vol. 43/Spring 2010. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2008 “Gendered Modes of Resistance: Power and Women’s Songs in West Africa.” In The Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology. Vol. 13/Winter 2008. (

2008 “A Great Man Has Gone Out: The Funeral of Ghanaian Xylophonist Kakraba Lobi.” Independently produced and published short film. (

2006 “Ethnomusicology and the Drum Set: Musical Experience as an Emergent Property of Performative Modalities” M.A. Thesis, UCLA. (

2006 “Locating the Chopi Xylophone of Southern Mozambique” in The Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology. Vol. 11/Winter 2006. (