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An ethnographic exploration of studio production practice

McGrath, Sean; Hazzard, Adrian; Chamberlain, Alan; Benford, Steve

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Sean McGrath

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Dunford Chair in Computer Science


Tools for music production range from full scale digital production workstations to context-driven plugins. There are a number of inherent challenges to address in supporting users at different stages of work and at different levels of technical skill, utilizing both legacy and novel tools. We present findings from ethnographic encounters of music production at work and discuss some of the challenges of designing and developing systems for different types of users. We explore the issues of collaboration, shared ownership and a growing need for tools to support automation and intelligent music making as a practice. The work explores the use of technology in a real world, working studio environment.


McGrath, S., Hazzard, A., Chamberlain, A., & Benford, S. (2016). An ethnographic exploration of studio production practice.

Conference Name 2nd AES Workshop on Intelligent Music Production
Acceptance Date Aug 12, 2016
Publication Date Sep 2, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 19, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Music, Production, Studio, Ethnographic, HCI, Research, Audio, Software, Practices
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