Michelle Mackenzie

PhD Candidate, University of California San Diego

Areas of interest

Approaches to and histories of electronic and experimental music practices, sound studies, and the sonic arts.


  • BA, Humanities and Communication (Honours), Simon Fraser University


Michelle Helene Mackenzie is a Canadian writer, musician, and artist born in Vancouver, the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She uses electronics, modular synths, field recordings, video, text, and archival research to explore sonic perception, ecological consciousness, and deep listening. Michelle holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and spent five years pursuing a PhD in Literature from Duke University, where she became interested in literatures of necrophiliac-agonies, the possibilities of sounding the unheard hills of banshee-perturbations, and the violence and cultural amnesia that devours feminine genius. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Music at the University of California San Diego.