The Musicology of Record Production: or how to use theory to make better recordings

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Simon Zagorski-Thomas (London College of Music, University of West London)

In this talk, Simon Zagorski-Thomas will use a range of examples to explore how theoretical knowledge and practice as research can help to bridge the divide between the vocational and the traditionally academic. Drawing on recordings by artists including The Kings of Leon, Marvin Gaye and Britney Spears, he will examine how students, professionals and researchers can better understand the mechanics of record production by exploring the guiding principles behind professional techniques.

Simon Zagorski-Thomas is a Reader at the London College of Music, University of West London. He is the founder and co-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 ( His publications include The Musicology of Record Production (Cambridge University Press 2014) andThe 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, London Community Gospel Choir, Bill Bruford, The Mock Turtles, Courtney Pine and the Balanescu Quartet. He continues to compose and record music and is currently conducting research into the musicology of record production, popular music analysis and performance practice in the recording process.

Location: Rymer Auditorium