Coproduction is dedicated specifically to the study of an emerging field in music production musicology. It explores the limits of what this field might be, from the workings of a few individuals producing music together in the studio, to vast contributions of whole societies producing popular music.
Taking a wide-ranging approach to examining the field, Coproduction looks through multiple formats including essays, interviews, and case studies, with analysis and commentary of coproduction experiences at Abbey Road studios. It does so by examining multiple disciplines from social science and coproduction in mental health, to philosophy and mathematics. At its extremes (which is the extreme middle and not the blunt ‘cutting edge’) the authors attempt to produce every song in their development of an all-encompassing pop music concept, peculiarly called Toast theory.
In attempting to unite the pragmatic collaborative patterns of Vera John-Steiner with philosophical postmodernist concepts of connection, Coproduction has something to offer readers interested in the traditional workings of teams of producers, as well as those seeking to understand the wider philosophy of collaboration in music production.
List of Figures, List of Tables, List of Examples, List of Contributors, Preface, Acknowledgements, Credits, How to Read this Book: Design and Structure, 1. A Typology of Collaborative Practices in Music Production, PART ONE: Type 1. Group Coproduction: Collaboration Between Individuals, 2. Producing Together, 3. Creativity and the Production Habitus, 4. The Production Habitus of Smoke Rainbows – Music Minds Matter (Abbey Road Case Study No.1), 5. Lauren Christy and The Matrix Production Team: Coproduction in Familial Mode (The Three-headed Monster and the Butterfly Collector), 6. Hierarchical Production and Complementarity, Before, During, and After PWL: An Interview with Phil Harding, 7. Group Genius, Scenius, the Invisible, and the Oblique: Eno, Lanois, and Communities of Creativity, 8. Grace Jones, Spontaneity, and Collaboration in the Moment: An Interview with Bruce Woolley, 9. Small Things of Value: Marginalia, Mental Health, and Coproduction (Abbey Road Case Study No.2, Part 1), 10. Something of Value: Coproducing with Converge, a University-based Educational Programme for Adults with Mental Health Difficulties (Abbey Road Case Study No.2, Part 2), PART TWO: Type 2. Internal Coproduction: The Self as Many, 11. The Artistic Self and the Cycle of Production, 12. 'Silver Glass': Re-production, 13. Play One We Know! A Pub Singer’s Struggle to Retain His Integrity Whilst Remaining Entertaining, PART THREE: Type 3. Coproduction Without Consent: Denial or Unknowing Collaboration, 14. The Song of a Thousand Songs: Popular Music as Distributed Collaboration (Toast Theory, Part 1), 15. Removing Non-sonic Signifiers from Endings (Toast Theory, Part 2), 16. The Ancient Art of Remixing, PART FOUR: Type 4. Deproduction: The Collective Disappearance of Production, 17. On Writing Every Song, 18. The Mathematics of Writing Every Tune, 19. Deproduction, Glossary of Terms, References, Index