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Producing music, producing myth? Creativity in Recording Studios

Lashua, B; Thompson, P; (2016) Producing music, producing myth? Creativity in Recording Studios. IASPM@Journal , 6 (2) pp. 70-90. 10.5429/2079-3871(2016)v6i2.5en. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores research on the power of myth (Barthes 1972) and commonly accepted beliefs, or “doxa” (Bourdieu, 1977), in shaping creative practices inside recording studios. Drawing from two ethnographic case studies of rock and hip-hop artists in recording studios, this paper addresses the (re)production of myths during studio sessions. Through critical incident analyses, we challenge romanticized representations of studios as individualistic spaces and highlight how mythic representations of creativity influence musicians’ technical expectations of recording processes. Additionally, we illustrate the circulation of, and moments of resistance to, myths from cultural domains outside of the studio that pervade practices within studios. In sum, we show that studios—sites involving the intense scrutiny of music-making—offer incisive contexts in which to examine how myth can shape recording processes and studio practices.

Type: Article
Title: Producing music, producing myth? Creativity in Recording Studios
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5429/2079-3871(2016)v6i2.5en
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5429/2079-3871(2016)v6i2.5en
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For more information see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
Keywords: Creativity; Rock; Hip-hop; Recording; Myth; Recording Studios
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10097988
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