A study, exploration and development of the interaction of music production techniques in a contemporary desktop setting

Paterson, Justin (2015) A study, exploration and development of the interaction of music production techniques in a contemporary desktop setting. Doctoral thesis, University of West London.

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Abstract

As with all computer-based technologies, music production is advancing at a rate comparable to ‘Moore’s law’. Developments within the discipline are gathering momentum exponentially; stretching the boundaries of the field,
deepening the levels to which mediation can be applied, concatenating previously discrete hardware technologies into the desktop domain, demanding greater insight from practitioners to master these technologies and even
defining new genres of music through the increasing potential for sonic creativity to evolve.

This DMus project will draw from the implications of the above developments and study the application of technologies currently available in the desktop environment, from emulations of that which was traditionally hardware to the latest spectrally based audio-manipulation tools. It will investigate the interaction of these technologies, and explore creative
possibilities that were unattainable only a few years ago – all as exemplified through the production of two contrasting albums of music. In addition, new software will be developed to actively contribute to the evolution of music production as we know it. The focus will be on extended production technique and innovation, through both development and context.

The commentary will frame the practical work. It will offer a research context with a number of foci in preference to literal questions, it will qualify the methodology and then form a literature & practice review. It will then present a series of frameworks that analyse music production contexts and technologies in a historical perspective. By setting such a trajectory, the current state-of-the-art can be best placed, and a number of the progressive production techniques associated with the submitted artefacts can then by contextualised. It will terminate with a discussion of the work that moves from the specific to the general.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Music
Depositing User: Justin Paterson
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 09:34
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 10:14
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1485

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