Seth Kim-Cohen is a musician, artist, and writer. His research interrogates sound and music as they intersect with politics, economics, history, and other cultural practices. His books include Against Ambience (2013), In The Blink of an Ear: Toward A Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009), and One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (2006). Kim-Cohen has presented artistic work on all but two continents and has released numerous albums of increasingly experimental, rock-based music. John Peel once bought him a beer. He is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.