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Daniel Munoz

Lecturer in Music

Daniel L Munoz is a musician and lecturer in music. He was part of the first cohort of PhD students in UCSC’s cross-cultural musicology program. After completion, he has become an active musician in LA’s music scene. As bass player for Egrets on Ergot, the band quickly emerged as “L.A.’s Best Punk Band” according to the LA Weekly in 2018. He then joined legendary death-rock band 45 Grave, scoring a spot at 2022’s Cruel World Festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that included Morrissey, Blondie, Bauhaus, and Public Image Limited. He also plays electric guitar for Guilty Strangers, Crow Jane, and Lost Tapes. During lockdown, Daniel studied music production and produced several songs. His first full-length record, Memento Mori by Guilty Strangers, is set for release in early 2023. Inspired by his experience in ethnography and oral history, Daniel’s current research interest is in music scenes and subcultures, a course he is excited to teach in Spring 2023.The course will introduce ethnographic research methods applied to local, translocal, and virtual spaces and the fields of power exchange amongst the various actors and institutions in a music scene.

Research Interests: 

Music scenes and subcultures
Music theory in popular culture
Western Music philosophy and aesthetics
Noise music
Electro-acoustic music

Office Hours: 

Via zoom: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Selected Publications: 

2017 “A Community of Listeners: Listening Practices in the LA Experimental Noise Scenes” (Techniques of Listening Conference. University of Minnesota). 

2015 “Noise and Knowledge” for Noise and the Possibility of a Future (Goethe Institute:Los Angeles).

Selected Performances: 

2022 45 Grave (headliner). the Whiskey; Hollywood [Bass].

2022 Crow Jane: Zebulon; Los Angeles [Arranger, choir conductor, guitarist].

2022 45 Grave (opened for Morrissey, Blondie, Bauhaus, PiL et al). Cruel World Festival: the Rose Bowl; Pasadena [Bass]. 

2022 45 Grave (headliner). Nosferatu Fest: Come and Take It Live; Austin [Bass].

2019 Egrets on Ergot (opened for Killing Joke and Flipper). Punk Rock Bowling Festival;Las Vegas [Bass]. 

2018 “Jack Nitzsche—Sound & Image.” The Wild Honey Nitzsche Players chamber orchestra: Wild Honey Foundation; Los Angeles [Electric guitar]. 

2018 Egrets on Ergot: SXSW Festival; Austin [Bass]. 

2016 “Pretty Looking Back: An Orchestral Interpretation Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Hole’s First Album” (Pretty on the Inside): Regent Theater; Los Angeles [Tenor]. 

2016 Panthar (opened for Missing Persons): EchoPlex; Los Angeles [Electric guitar].

2016 Egrets on Ergot (opened for 45 Grave): EchoPlex; Los Angeles [Bass]. 

2004 Symphony 13 (Hallucination City) for 100 Electric Guitars, by Glenn Branca: Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles [Electric Guitar].


Selected Recordings: 

2023 Memento Mori. Guilty Strangers [Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer].

2022 “The Pharmacy” music video by Crow Jane [Arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist].

2021 Battle/Choice/Luxe. Egrets on Ergot [Bass, vocal].

2020 The New World. Pendejos of Doom [Synthesizers, guitar, trumpet].

2019 “TVOD.” Egrets on Ergot [Bass, vocal].

2018 Transcend Effigies. Egrets on Ergot [Bass, vocal].

2018 “Everyday Like Christmas” by Josie Cotton [Bass].

2017 Surfeit of Gemütlich. Egrets on Ergot [Bass, vocal].

2015 …Beyond All Recognition. Los FUBARS [Bass].