Oblique Curiosities are David Ben Shannon and Sarah E. Truman. We’re old friends and have written songs together since 2011. Often, the impetus of these songs emerge from a series of texts to each other about an unfolding personal or world event, a concept we’re trying to think through, or as we run after a train, plane, or bus we’re about to miss (it happens more than you’d think). Our agreed upon music influences include Fever Ray, Joe Hisaishi, Brian Eno, Kishi Bashi, Kate Bush, Tunng, Everything Everything, and the Mos Eisley Cantina Band. We’re both academics. Our collaborative research interests include music making, affect theory, queer theory, Doctor Who (and other SF), critical pedagogies, and research-creation. Sometimes we write scholarly articles about our compositions. ️‍️‍

A photograph of Sarah E. Truman and David Ben Shannon smiling on the street in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
Sarah E. Truman & David Ben Shannon
in sunny Manchester, 2023.




Our latest song (feat. Kathryn Yusoff)


Recent song (feat. Kate Pahl)


Our never-finished album which will be released when we have some time and $ to record the lyrics properly, mix/master everything, and are on the same continent!

Written and performed by Oblique Curiosities.


We sometimes write papers in academic journals about the music we compose:

Truman, S. E., Shannon, D. B., and Yusoff, K. (2023) Cosmic Beavers: Queer counter-mythologies through speculative songwriting. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 28(6) 84-96.  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0969725X.2023.2270357

Shannon, D. B. and Truman, S. E. (2020). Problematizing sound methods through music research-creation: Oblique Curiosities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 19. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406920903224

Truman, S. E. and Shannon, D. B. (2018). Queer sonic cultures: An affective walking-composing project. Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry. 1(3). https://doi.org/10.22387/CAP2018.19


A silk screen of the English countryside with meteors burning through a colonial manor and animals looking on.
Oblique Curiosities ‘Queer the Landscape.’ Artwork by Todd Stewart