Research Profile

Colin McGuire


Colin P. McGuire is an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at University College Cork, Ireland. He holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology and an MA in Electroacoustic Composition from York University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies from the York Centre for Asian Research. Writ large, his academic work centres on the locus of music and body. He is particularly interested in how being attentive to choreomusical connections between movement and sound can contribute to understandings of being-in-the-world, relationships, values, and beliefs.

Currently, McGuire’s research focuses on music and martial arts, examining transmission processes, tradition/legacy, body-experience, community/identity, and heroic display. Between 2008 and 2016, he conducted participant observation and performance ethnography fieldwork on Chinese kung fu, the lion dance ritual, and percussion music at Toronto, Canada’s Hong Luck Kung Fu Club. Through investigations of intertextual meanings, transnational identity construction, and resistance to oppression, McGuire contributes to wider discussions of embodiment and diaspora.

As a composer and sound artist, McGuire has worked with dancers and choreographers like the Little Pear Garden Dance Company and Ballet Creole’s Patrick Parson. Under the DJ/producer pseudonym Ronin E-Ville, his eclectic electronic dance music (EDM) has been in the Top 20 of Canada’s !Earshot radio charts for electronica and has also been licensed to the Gemini Award-winning TV show Departures.

Research Interests


Music & Martial Arts; Community & Identity; Diaspora; Embodied Knowledge; Transmission, Lineage, & Legacy; Intertextuality; Phenomenology; Interdisciplinary Research; Percussion in Chinese Kung Fu & Lion Dance; Martial Arts Film Music; Music of 19th Century Irish Faction Fighting; World Musics; North American Popular Musics (Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, Jazz, & Blues)  

Music & Technology

DJ Culture; Music Production; Consumers as DJs; Technoculture; Music Technology & Performance; Aesthetics & Ethics of Sampling; Ontology of Digital Audio; Intersections of Art & Popular Musics; Interdisciplinary Collaboration; Electroacoustic Music; Sound Art


Peer Reviewed Journals

(2015)'The Rhythm of Combat: Understanding the Role of Music in Performances of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Lion Dance'
Colin McGuire (2015) 'The Rhythm of Combat: Understanding the Role of Music in Performances of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Lion Dance'. MUSICultures, :1-23   [Details]
(2010)'Rhythm Skills Development in Chinese Martial Arts'
Colin P. McGuire (2010) 'Rhythm Skills Development in Chinese Martial Arts'. The International Journal of Sport and Society, 1 (3):209-218   [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

(2014)'The Concrete and the Ephemeral of Electronic Music Production'
Colin McGuire (2014) 'The Concrete and the Ephemeral of Electronic Music Production' Dancecult, 6 (1) .   [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

(2016)'Hong Kong: Food of the Fragrant Harbour'
Colin McGuire (2016) 'Hong Kong: Food of the Fragrant Harbour' In: Sean Williams (eds). The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook: Complete Meals from Around the World (Volume II). New York: Routledge. [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2016Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
2014T. Temple Tuttle Prize Society for Ethnomusicology, Niagara Chapter
2014CSTM Paper Prize Canadian Society for Traditional Music
2011SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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