Production in the Flow of Technological Evolution
A massive expansion
of technology has taken place in the last decades. Like so many aspects in our
contemporary world, music recording and production have been taken by storm by
the digital revolution. Advanced technologies and alternative distribution models
are shaping a new world of music capture and enjoyment.
This workshop aims to
present an overview of the current state of music production in the Age of
Information. A broad range of topics will be touched including discussions on
varying production techniques for music recording, reflections on sound quality
and new distribution avenues, considerations on digital production tools and
practices for musicians, engineers and producers as well as views on changing
revenue models in the recording industry. Case studies will be presented, with
music examples, illustrative images and unequivocal charts.
Playback System courtesy HHB Canada
Martha de Francisco
is a record producer and recording engineer specializing in Classical music.
She is a professor for Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal, a
frequent lecturer at international audio conferences and a regular judge of
student recording competitions.
acknowledged leader in the field of sound recording and record production, she
has over 30 years of experience in the production of high-quality recordings
and a unique international career as record producer of some of the most
prominent artists of our time, such as Alfred Brendel, Jessye Norman, Simon
Rattle, the orchestras of Vienna and Philadelphia, and the Bayreuth Festival.
A graduate from the
renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, Martha was
one of the pioneers of digital recording and editing in Europe during the
1980s. On staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she
developed long lasting working relationships with many distinguished artists.
Martha de Francisco
is appointed as Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill
University and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music
Media and Technology CIRMMT. Current research interests include music recording
with virtual acoustics, studies on critical listening and the aesthetics of