Art of Record Production Conference
May 17-19, 2019
Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
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Saturday, May 18 • 18:00 - 18:30
Transnational Flow: Experiments in Long Distance Non-Synchronous Networked Collaboration

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This paper presents the culmination of a three-part inquiry into the phenomenon of Transnational Flow (TNF). TNF is an amalgamation of Csikszentmihalyi’s (1995) flow theory, Sawyer’s (2007) group flow theory, and Karl Weick’s (1995) sensemaking theory that encompasses the unique logistical challenges associated with transnational collaboration. We examine the creative and logistical affordances related to writing and recording a song when group members live in Australia and North America. Our previous song recordings placed specific environmental boundaries to test the validity of our theory and to inform our creative approach (see Pratt, Hoose, Gordon, 2018). In this third paper, we consider what changes occur when we add a new member to act as a remote producer. To achieve the outcome of a finished song we employ Dropbox, Reaper, and Skype. We network our expertise and studio facilities using the distributed creativity theory of Sawyer and DeZutter (2009). Such an assemblage of creative facilities transforms our home studios into a more complex negotiated recording environment with four specialised engineers. In this paper, we aim to challenge our previous assumptions on international collaboration by adding a new perspective to our group and test the socially dynamic boundaries of TNF.

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Daniel Pratt

Queensland University of Technology
Dan is a working recording engineer, lecturer, theorist, and performer. His interests include developing models for transnational recording sessions and understanding linked networks of recording studios. He is also an avid equipment builder and runs a small high school record label... Read More →
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Wellington Gordon

Assistant Professor, Virginia State University
bassist, audio engineer and educator

Shane Hoose

Eastern Kentucky University

Lachlan Goold

JMC Academy

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