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The Art of Record Production

Creative Practice in the Studio, 2nd Edition

Edited by Katia Isakoff, Serge Lacasse, Sophie Stévance


202 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-07-08
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The playback of recordings is the primary means of experiencing music in contemporary society, and in recent years 'classical' musicologists and popular music theorists have begun to examine the ways in which the production of recordings affects not just the sound of the final product but also musical aesthetics more generally. Record production can, indeed, be treated as part of the creative process of composition. At the same time, training in the use of these forms of technology has moved from an apprentice-based system into university education. Musical education and music research are thus intersecting to produce a new academic field: the history and analysis of the production of recorded music. This book is designed as a general introductory reader, a text book for undergraduate degree courses studying the creative processes involved in the production of recorded music. The aim is to introduce students to the variety of approaches and methodologies that are currently being employed by scholars in this field. The book is divided into three sections covering the creative use of technology, the social interactions of production activity and forms of theoretical analysis. This collection gives students and scholars a broad overview of the way in which academics from the analytical and practice-based areas of the university system can be brought together with industry professionals to explore the ways in which this new academic field should progress.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Quebecer Pioneer of Music Recording - André Perry and Gérald Côté, Introduction - Simon Zagorski-Thomas, Katia Isakoff, Sophie Stévance and Serge Lacasse Part 1 – The Creative Use Of Technology 1. Tanya Tagaq: A Cosmopolitan Artist in the Studio - Sophie Stévance and Serge Lacasse 2. Moving at High Speed Into the Future: Notes on British Postpunk Record Production - Albin Zak 3. Mixing with Quotation Marks: Restrictive Mashups and Contextual Transformation - Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen 4. Heaviness in Three Dimensions: The Use of Sonic Space in Contemporary Metal Music Production - Mark Mynett Part 2 – The Social Interactions Of Production Activity 5. Who’s the Producer? - Mike Howlett 6. Random Access Changed Everything - Richard James Burgess 7. The "Virtual" producer in the Recording Studio: Media Networks in Long Distance Peripheral Performances - Isabel Campelo Part 3 – Forms Of Theoretical Analysis 8. The Systems Approach to Creative Practice: The Case of Supersonic 2003–2004 - Phillip McIntyre 9. What is a Jazz Record Anyway? Lennie Tristano and the Use of Extended Studio Techniques in Jazz - Marian Jago 10. Sound Engineering in the Recording Studio as Creative Practice - Paul Thompson and Phillip McIntyre 11. Studio Recording and World Music Making in Central America: The Case of the Garifuna Paranda, From Local Revival to Internationalization - Ons Barnat 12. Haydn in Modern Dress: Applying Experimental Contemporary Production Techniques to the Classical Repertoire - Simon Zagorski-Thomas

About the Editors

Simon Zagorski-Thomas is Professor at the London College of Music (University of West London) and is ex-chairman and co-founder of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production.

Katia Isakoff is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist music producer, with album releases through Mute Records, EMI, BMG, Universal, Metamatic. She is also the director of ARP, and the ex-chairman and co-founder of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production. She currently leads Women Produce Music (, a non-profit promoting and supporting the activities of composer producers through a series of collaborative projects and initiatives designed to remove career progression and entry-level barriers.

Sophie Stévance is Canada Research Chair in research-creation in music. She is Professor in Musicology at the Faculty of Music, University Laval, Quebec City (Canada), head of Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM-ULaval), Laboratoire de recherche-création en musique et multimedia (LARCEM) and Groupe de recherche-création en musique (

Serge Lacasse is Professor of Musicology, specializing in popular music, at the Faculty of Music, Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. He heads the Laboratoire audionumérique de recherche et de création (

About the Series

Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

Popular musicology embraces the field of musicological study that engages with popular forms of music, especially music associated with commerce, entertainment and leisure activities. The Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series aims to present the best research in this field. Authors are concerned with criticism and analysis of the music itself, as well as locating musical practices, values and meanings in cultural context. The focus of the series is on popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a remit to encompass the entirety of the world’s popular music.

Critical and analytical tools employed in the study of popular music are being continually developed and refined in the twenty-first century. Perspectives on the transcultural and intercultural uses of popular music have enriched understanding of social context, reception and subject position. Popular genres as distinct as reggae, township, bhangra, and flamenco are features of a shrinking, transnational world. The series recognizes and addresses the emergence of mixed genres and new global fusions, and utilizes a wide range of theoretical models drawn from anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, media studies, semiotics, postcolonial studies, feminism, gender studies and queer studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Recording & Reproduction