Technology in the Histories of Popular Music Production
From Thomas Edison’s phonograph to modern instrument libraries, popular music has been inextricably linked with music technology. This seminar will explore technological advancements and the effects they had on popular music production and genre aesthetics. There will be lecture elements (theoretical, and practical demonstration) on the history of production practices in general and of particular genres like alternative rock, metal, reggae and EDM – from the 1970s to the most recent histories. Open-format, group-centred analyses and joint discussion will look at various technologies and genres based on the group’s interest and expertise. Production within this seminar is defined widely and can comprise live music (i.e. music festivals, dancehalls/sound systems).