Pop Music Production delves into academic depths around the culture, the business, the songwriting and most importantly the pop music production process. Phil Harding balances autobiographical discussion of events and relationships with academic analysis to offer poignant points on the value of pure popular music, particularly in relation to BoyBands and how creative pop production and songwriting teams function.
Included here are practical resources such as recording studio equipment lists, producer business deal examples and a 12-step mixing technique, where Harding expands upon previously released material to explain how ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17 changed his approach to mixing forever. However, it is important to note that Harding almost downplays his involvement within his career. At no point is he centre stage; instead he humbly discusses his position within the greater scheme of events. Pop Music Production offers cutting-edge analysis of a genre rarely afforded academic attention.
This book is aimed at lecturers and students in the subject fields of Music Production, Audio Engineering, Music Technology, Popular Songwriting Studies and Popular Music Culture. It is suitable for all levels of study from FE students through to PhD researchers. Pop Music Production is also designed as a follow up to Harding's first book PWL from the Factory Floor (2010, Cherry Red Books), a memoir of his time working with 1980s Pop Production and Songwriting powerhouse; Stock, Aitken & Waterman at PWL Studios.
METHODOLOGY: RESEARCH AND INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
CHAPTER 1: BoyBands & Pop Music Culture
CHAPTER 2: The Business of Pop Music Production
CHAPTER 3: Pop Music Production Creativity
CHAPTER 4: Pop Music Songwriting
CHAPTER 5: Pop Production Recording
CHAPTER 6: Pop Music Mixing
CHAPTER 7: Pop Record Examples
CHAPTER 8: Conclusions & Theories
APPENDIX 1 – Technology for Pop Music Production
This series, Perspectives on Music Production, collects detailed and experientially informed considerations of record production from a multitude of perspectives, by authors working in a wide array of academic, creative and professional contexts. We solicit the perspectives of scholars of every disciplinary stripe, alongside recordists and recording musicians themselves, to provide a fully comprehensive analytic point-of-view on each component stage of music production. Each volume in the series thus focuses directly on a distinct stage of music production, from pre-production through recording (audio engineering), mixing, mastering, to marketing and promotions.