Catherine Provenzano


Catherine Provenzano earned her doctorate in ethnomusicology from New York University in 2019, where she completed a critical ethnographic account of digital pitch correction softwares (Auto-Tune and Melodyne), and their development and use in US Top 40 and hip-hop. She has conducted ethnographic research with software developers, audio engineers, music producers, and artists in Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, and Germany. Catherine is examining racializations and genderings of digitally-mediated voices and the ways these intersect software aesthetics and techniques of signal processing. She attends to the dimensions of skilling, labor, and emotion that shape musical production and listening. She is also a singer, songwriter and performer under the name Kenniston.