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The Musicology of Record Production Synopsis

Recorded music is as different to live music as film is to theatre. In this book, Simon Zagorski-Thomas employs current theories from psychology and sociology to examine how recorded music is made and how we listen to it. Setting out a framework for the study of recorded music and record production, he explains how recorded music is fundamentally different to live performance, how record production influences our interpretation of musical meaning and how the various participants in the process interact with technology to produce recorded music. He combines ideas from the ecological approach to perception, embodied cognition and the social construction of technological systems to provide a summary of theoretical approaches that are applied to the sound of the music and the creative activity of production. A wide range of examples from Zagorski-Thomas's professional experience reveal these ideas in action.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107428348
Publication date: 2nd February 2017
Author: Simon (London College of Music, Thames Valley University) Zagorski-Thomas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 278 pages
Categories: Music recording & reproduction, Theory of music & musicology,

About Simon (London College of Music, Thames Valley University) Zagorski-Thomas

Simon Zagorski-Thomas is a Reader at the London College of Music, University of West London. He is a director of the annual Art of Record Production Conference, a co-founder of the Journal on the Art of Record Production and co-chairman of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (www.artofrecordproduction.com). His publications include The Art of Record Production (co-edited with Simon Frith, 2012). Before becoming an academic he worked for twenty-five years as a composer, sound engineer and producer with artists as varied as Phil Collins, Mica Paris, the London Community Gospel Choir, Bill Bruford, The ...

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