Art of Record Production Conference
May 17-19, 2019
Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
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Sunday, May 19 • 10:00 - 10:30
Collapsing the Walls of the Recording Space - Creative Production Techniques to Enable Site-Responsive Composition

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I am a producer of mainly song-based music, who has worked for the past two decades outside of the mainstream studio system. I have undertaken a large number of recording projects in unconventional recording spaces including churches, community halls, and houses in rural areas, which has resulted in many well reviewed and commercially successful releases.

The artists would typically come from the city and stay in the country while the recordings were made. These building were lacking professional acoustic treatment and isolation therefore allowing a noticeable amount of external sound inside. While these sounds were not always welcome, I began to notice that this bleed had the potential to give extra contextual information about the lyrics, the music, or the sounds themselves within the finished track. For many artists, these sounds had the ability to function as a sort of “place stamp” - a lovely reminder of the time and space in which the recording was made, and also for the listeners whose headphone listens would take them deeper into the experience. This idea that they actually belong to the composition aligns with John Cage’s concept of the inclusivity of environmental sound and also connects to compositional practice in musique concrete, field recording and sound art.

I investigated these connections in a research project which aimed to include techniques and theories from these fields to create and frame a work in a remote desert church in Australia. My hope to was to bring these sounds into the recording space as an intentional part of the composition.

The Pella Desert Church album is the result of a project that I undertook this year whereby I placed microphones inside and outside the site of a 100 year old German Lutheran stone church on the periphery of the desert in rural Victoria, Australia . I created an inflow of sound by feeding the outside microphones into transducers (speakers) inside the church where they were mounted to the floor and church pews. Inside the church I played a 130 year old pipe organ in direct engagement with this reamped outside sound resonating within the church and used a broad range of microphones to document it. I wasn’t certain of what sound the outside mics would bring in but over the five day session I was amazed by what occurred and the recordings are a tangible and readable document of site and song.

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Tony Dupé

Lecturer Songwriting and Music Production, Melbourne Polytechnic
I've made many records for others and myself and continue to do so whilst helping students find their way and trying to encourage community. I would love to see and hear a wider cross section of backgrounds and gender in music production.As an artist I am interested in exploring composition... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00 - 10:30 EDT
Classroom 411 (4th floor)