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Eliot Bates

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190215736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190215736.001.0001

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The Experience of Studio Work

The Experience of Studio Work

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Digital Tradition

Eliot Bates

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the experience of studio work and how different kinds of studio workers conceive of an arrangement through the different phases of production. Rather than there being a singular set arrangement, the arranger, engineer, and studio musicians all maintain their own “visions” of the song arrangement and work based on auditory images of what they imagine the final song to sound like. Listening, a key part of production work, happens through a complex technological assemblage termed technologies of audition, which in tandem with the built environment and interior design of studios comes to shape the power relations and social interactions between studio workers and “outsiders” in addition to impacting the audible aesthetics of recorded sound. The chapter introduces the concept of latency to theorize six kinds of delay that significantly impact the experience of studio work.

Keywords:   arrangement, auditory images, built environments, latency, listening, microphony, studio architecture, technologies of audition

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