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Innovation in Music
Future Opportunities

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ISBN 9780367363352
January 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Focal Press
480 Pages 96 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Innovation in Music: Future Opportunities brings together cutting-edge research on new innovations in the field of music production, technology, performance and business. Including contributions from a host of well-respected researchers and practitioners, this volume provides crucial coverage on a range of topics from cybersecurity, to accessible music technology, performance techniques and the role of talent shows within music business.

Innovation in Music: Future Opportunities is the perfect companion for professionals and researchers alike with an interest in the music industry.

Table of Contents

Part 1 – Music Production Innovation

  1. Country & Eastern: Contextual and Cultural Mediation in the Recording Studio - Two producers, two artists, two cultures – by Richard Lightman
  2. Defining and developing a sonic signature in music mixing: A practice-based approach as modern-day studio mentorship – by Andrea Succi
  3. Making records within records: Manufacturing phonographic "otherness" in sample-based hip-hop production – by Michael Exarchos
  4. Motormouth: An essay in Sonic Recontextualisation – by Jez Nash
  5. The Individualist: Todd Rundgren’s Approach to Innovation and his 1993 Interactive Album No World Order – by Tim Hughes
  6. Ground Control and Cloud Booths: Breaking geographical barriers to music production – by Paul Ferguson and Dave Hook
  7. Music Production utilising Internet of Things Technologies – by Marques Hardin and Rob Toulson
  8. Part 2 – Music Technology Innovation


  9. Development of an Ambisonic Guitar System - Duncan Werner, Bruce Wiggins and Emma Fitzmaurice
  10. Retaining pianistic virtuosity: exploring pre-existing gestural nuances for live sound modulation – by Niccolò Granieri, James Dooley and Tychonas Michailidis
  11. Improvising Songwriting and Composition Within A Hybrid Modular Synthesis System – by Hussein Boon
  12. Speaker Park: An Intersection of loudspeaker design and post-acousmatic composition - Jon Pigott and Antti Saario
  13. Sound Objects: Exploring Embedded Computing for Procedural Audio in Theatre – by Mat Dalgleish and Sarah Whitfield
  14. Hearing and Feeling Memories: Exploring Pixel Data Sonification and Haptic Feedback to Create a Multisensory Experience of Photographs – by Matthew Evans
  15. Concepts and Issues for the Design of Accessible Music Technology – by Joe Wright
  16. Cyber-security in the creative industry: Why Radiohead got hacked – Andy Farnell

    Part 3 - Performance Innovation

  18. Transparency and Authenticity in the Live Arena: An Exploration of Electronic Music Performance Techniques – Dave Fortune
  19. BTS’ "Speak Yourself" World Tour as an intermedial spectacle of attachment: outcomes and future possibilities for popular music – by Alicja Sulkowska
  20. A review of contemporary practices incorporating digital technologies with live classical music – by Clara Colotti
  21. Chamber Orchestras as the Innovation Motor of Classical Music in Germany – by Alenka Barber-Kersovan and Volker Kirchberg
  22. Transforming musical performance: the audience as digital collaborators - by Adrian York
  23. The Online Composer-Audience Collaboration – by Luis Ramirez
  24. New Instrument as Creativity Trigger in Composer-Performer Collaboration – by Agata Kubiak
  25. "My avatar and me": technology-enhanced mirror in monitoring music performance practice – by Giusy Caruso, Luc Nijs and Marc Leman
  26. Creative considerations for on-screen visuals in electronic pop music performances – by Kirsten Hermes

    Part 4 – Music Business and Artist Development Innovation

  28. Matthew Lovett - Towards a quantum theory of musical creativity
  29. Jeffrey Lupker and William J. Turkel – Observing Mood Based Patterns & Commonalities in Music
  30. Stefan Lalchev and Paul Oliver – The Role of Contests and Talent Shows in the Artist Development within the Popular Music Genre and Their Place in the Music Business
  31. Sam Nicholls and Paul Thompson – Music: Leeds - Supporting a Regionalised Music Sector and Scene

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Russ Hepworth-Sawyer is co-chair of the UK Mastering Group, a freelance mastering engineer, writer and consultant through MOTTOsound ( and part-time lecturer at York St John University.

Justin Paterson is Professor of Music Production at London College of Music, University of West London, UK.

Rob Toulson is Founder and Director of RT60 Ltd, specializing in technology development for the audio and music industries.