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 • 11:30 - 12:00
“Whose line is it anyway?”: Artists, producer, and collaborative creativity in classical recording

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This paper presents in detail the interaction on a live classical recording session between singer, pianist and record producer, investigating the collaborative approach to performance and interpretation. The recording session took place in February 2017 in London, and featured Ian Bostridge (tenor) and Sir Antonio Pappano (piano). The author was the producer for the recording session. The song under investigation is “Loveliest of Trees”, the first in Butterworth’s Cycle “A Shropshire Lad”, and was recorded at the outset of three days of recording sessions. Both singer and pianist came with their own views on the interpretation, and early in the process of recording the interplay of ideas, and the establishment of hierarchies, is evident. Following a regular playback, the producer also becomes involved in shaping the interpretation, with suggestions, encouragement, and ultimately control over how the recording of the song is completed. The final stage is in post-production, where once again opinions are sought, decisions made, and an agreed master version is completed, reflecting the large number of decisions from the three members of the collaborative team. The whole is presented by the sound balance achieved by the recording engineer. Live recording material from the sessions, including discussions, illustrate the collaborative process as the song takes shape, and investigation of the editing material displays the further decision-making processes.

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Stephen Johns

Royal College of Music

Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30 - 12:00 EDT
Classroom 311 (3rd floor)

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