During the last two decades, the field of music production has attracted considerable interest from the academic community, more recently becoming established as an important and flourishing research discipline in its own right.

Producing Music presents cutting-edge research across topics that both strengthen and broaden the range of the discipline as it currently stands. Bringing together the academic study of music production and practical techniques, this book illustrates the latest research on producing music.

Focusing on areas such as genre, technology, concepts, and contexts of production, Hepworth-Sawyer, Hodgson, and Marrington have compiled key research from practitioners and academics to present a comprehensive view of how music production has established itself and changed over the years.

chapter 1|5 pages


ByRuss Hepworth-Sawyer, Jay Hodgson, Mark Marrington

part One|109 pages

Music Production and Genre

chapter 2|23 pages

Socio-Technical Networks and Music Production Competencies

Towards an Actor Network Theory of Hip Hop Beat-Making
ByMatt Shelvock

chapter 3|20 pages

Boom Bap Ex Machina

Hip-Hop Aesthetics and the Akai MPC
ByMichail Exarchos

chapter 4|23 pages

The DAW, Electronic Music Aesthetics, and Genre Transgression in Music Production

The Case of Heavy Metal Music
ByMark Marrington

chapter 5|12 pages

Antonio Carlos Jobim

The Author as Producer 1
ByMarcio Pinho, Rodrigo Vicente

chapter 6|17 pages

Compost Listening

Vaporwave and the Dissection of Record Production
ByJosh Ottum

chapter 7|12 pages

Classical Production

Situating Historically Informed Performances in Small Rooms
ByRobert Toft

part Two|110 pages

Music Production and Technology

chapter 8|15 pages

The Politics of Digitizing Analogue Recording Technologies

ByPat O’Grady

chapter 9|22 pages

Producing Music for Immersive Audio Experiences

ByRob Lawrence

chapter 10|23 pages

Producing 3-D Audio

ByJustin Paterson, Gareth Llewellyn

chapter 11|15 pages

Popular Music Production in Laptop Studios

Creative Workflows as Problem-Solving Within Ableton Live
ByThomas Brett

chapter 12|15 pages

Real-Time, Remote, Interactive Recording Sessions

Music Production Without Boundaries
ByZack Moir, Paul Ferguson, Gareth Dylan Smith

chapter 13|18 pages

Tracking With Processing and Coloring as You Go

ByAustin Moore

part Three|51 pages

Concepts of Production

chapter 14|17 pages

Working With Sound in the DAW

Towards a New Materiality of the Audio-Object
ByStace Constantinou

chapter 15|17 pages


Towards a Typology of Collaborative Practice in Music Production
ByRobert Wilsmore

chapter 16|15 pages

Narrative and the Art of Record Production

ByAlexander C. Harden

part Four|50 pages

The Context of Production

chapter 17|13 pages

“Clever” Tools and Social Technologies

To What Extent Does Wider Access to Technology Necessitate a Step Change in Approaches to Teaching Music Production?
ByAlex Baxter

chapter 18|18 pages

Contemporary Production Success

A Roundtable Discussion With Mid-Career Music Production Professionals
ByRuss Hepworth-Sawyer

chapter 19|18 pages

Conversations With Women in Music Production

ByKallie Marie