Sunday, February 10, 2008

Art of Record Production - Call for Papers

The Fourth Annual Art of Record Production Conference 2008
Nov. 14 - 16, 2008
Hosted by William Moylan at The University of Massachusetts Lowell,
Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
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Call For Papers

Conference Summary:
The ARP Conference gathers together industry professionals, academic
scholars, and musicians who utilize and study recording technology as
a principle means of creative expression. It is the aim of this
conference to facilitate the exchange of ideas between these groups,
drawing upon broad areas of expertise, and providing a unique
opportunity for individuals to inform, challenge, and stimulate the
discourse surrounding the intersection of technology and music. ARP
provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and multiple
perspectives across disciplines.
The conference addresses a range of topics such as; how creative
expression is achieved through technological practices; how changes
in recording technology have impacted upon and informed musical
practices; the so-called "democratization" of access to modes of
creative expression and the resultant opportunities for the
distribution of recorded work in the age of computer-based recording
and the Internet.
The conference will comprise academic papers, industry speakers and
panels, practical demonstrations and masterclasses as well as
plentiful opportunities for networking and informal debate.

The 2008 Conference will deliver four streams of papers and panels
around the following topics:

1. The Studio as Musical Instrument.
In 1983 Brian Eno described the recording studio as his musical
instrument. After several decades of technological change, it is
worth considering how the definition of what constitutes a "studio"
has shifted, and the various technological, economical, and political
impacts these shifts have had and continue to have on contemporary
music. What does “The Studio as Musical Instrument” mean today? How
has recording practice affected composition, arranging and song
writing practice? How have “composer,” “performer,” “engineer,”
“conductor,” or “musician” been redefined? How has the “recording
studio” changed music and music making? Please send proposals for
this stream to:

2. Recording Practice and Performance.
How have changes in recording practice affected performance practice
amongst recording musicians? How has technology influenced the sound
art which results? How do record producers, musicians and sound
engineers communicate in the studio? How do they view each other? How
have the control surfaces of the studio been absorbed into and
influenced musical performance? How do issues such as comfort and non-
verbal communication between musicians balance against separation and
audio quality in the recording process? How is the creative power
distributed between musicians, producers, record companies and
technicians? Please send proposals for this stream to:

3. The Empowered Artist
The means for composing, performing, recording, promoting and
distributing sound recordings is available to all artists. Is the
‘capability’ to do it all being matched by the ‘ability’ to do it
well? Are the potentially conflicting challenges of business and
creation being juggled without undermining the economic or artistic
value of what results? How has low-cost audio production technology
impacted the recording industry, both economically as well as in re-
casting the creative technologies contained in professional
facilities? Please send proposals for this stream to:

4. Production and the Listener

How aware are listeners of the possibilities and actualities of
production? How aware are the industry professionals who are not
involved in production? How do production practices impact on notions
of authenticity? Are alternative mixes regarded by listeners as
aesthetically equivalent? Do producers work with specific listening
environments or audiences in mind? How has this impacted on the
historical development of record production? Please send proposals
for this stream to:

Other subject areas will be considered and we encourage the
submission of papers on any topic associated with the art of record

Proposals for individual papers and poster presentations should not
exceed 300 words.

Proposals for panels should include the names and brief CVs of all
panel members and their individual contributions and should not
exceed 1000 words.

The deadline for proposals is the 15th April 2008.
General enquiries can be addressed to:

Best wishes,

Simon Zagorski-Thomas
The Art of Record Production - Conference and Journal

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