Assistant Professor, Department of Performance Studies

Leonardo Cardoso was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he studied music composition at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).  In 2005 he joined the Ethnomusicology Study Group at UFRGS as an undergraduate research assistant. From 2005 to 2008 he participated in ethnographic projects with graduate students involving indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities in Rio Grande do Sul. In 2008 he started his Master’s in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, under Dr. Veit Erlmann’s supervision. Previous interest in film sound led Dr. Cardoso to write the first ethnographic account of the experimental field of visual music as it evolved in Los Angeles.

His PhD dissertation, defended in 2013 also under Dr. Erlmann’s supervision, tackles the institutionalization of noise control and debates on funk carioca as a controversial sound in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. In the past few years, Cardoso has published in the Society for Ethnomusicology Student News, Anthropology News and Sounding Out! He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Sound-Politics in São Paulo: Following Noise Control Controversies in the Brazilian Metropolis.” His research interests include noise legislation, collaborative sound mapping, acoustic surveillance, popular music in the Americas, and the ontology of noise. Cardoso is also a sound collector, photographer, and composer. For more information about Dr. Cardoso’s work, please visit