Women in the Studio: Creativity, Control and Gender in Popular Music Sound Production, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women in the Studio

Creativity, Control and Gender in Popular Music Sound Production, 1st Edition

By Paula Wolfe


264 pages

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pub: 2019-06-27
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The field of popular music production is overwhelmingly male dominated. Here, Paula Wolfe discusses gendered notions of creativity and examines the significant under-representation of women in studio production. Wolfe brings an invaluable perspective as both a working artist-producer and as a scholar, thereby offering a new body of research based on interviews and first hand observation. Wolfe demonstrates that patriarchal frameworks continue to form the backbone of the music industry establishment but that women’s work in the creation and control of sound presents a potent challenge to gender stereotyping, marginalisation and containment of women’s achievements that is still in evidence in music marketing practices and media representation in the digital era.

Table of Contents

1.The Music Industry and Gender 2. Music Production and Gender 3. Self-production, Music technology and Gender 4.New Industry and Gender 5. Media Representation and Gender

About the Author

Paula Wolfe is a lead researcher in the fields of music production, the independent music industry and gender. Her published work is widely cited and she regularly presents her research on a wide range of issues that accompany the work of female producers, artist-producers and artist-run record labels at national and international music conferences. Practitioner as well as scholar, Wolfe is also a highly critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer who has been self-producing and self-releasing her music on her own label, Sib Records, since the early noughties. Her forthcoming third album White Dots (* * * * MOJO) is due for release alongside her book. www.paulawolfe.co.uk

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 / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal