Matt Brounley is a PhD candidate focusing on popular music and sound studies. His dissertation, “That Sound in your Head: Guitar Tone and Entrepreneurial Values” combines approaches from ethnomusicology, music theory, and sound studies to investigate how guitar sounds have been packaged, sold, and valued through the 20th and 21st centuries. Part of his dissertation draws from his career in musical instrument sales. Matt also serves as an executive for the Stony Brook Graduate Student Organization. He lives in Brooklyn with his fiance Jess and his dog Monty.