Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Get involved! First event happening next month in York.

A large part of this project is concerned with finding out how different groups of people view recording and its relationship with engineering. These groups are:

1. Audio/recording professionals (past or present)
2. Those currently in higher education on courses about, or related to, sound recording (for example audio/music technology, popular music, audio engineering).
3. Those currently in further education/sixth form/years 12&13 aspiring to a career and/or higher education in audio/recording.

In order to gather views and ideas there will be a series of events in different parts of the country. These will involve various activities, usually over half a day. The first one is currently being planned to take place here at the Audio Lab on the University of York's campus at the end of November. I'll post more information up here as the plans progress but places will be limited so, if you fall into one of the above categories, and you think you'd like to be involved then please drop me an email at:


with your name, age and which of the above groups you fit into and I'll put your name on a mailing list for the event.

You don't have to be connected with the University in any way in order to attend - all are welcome from any of these groups. I'll hopefully see some of you in November!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Flaming recording!

Now that the project is underway, Dave and I have been beavering away with our initial research. One of the things that I've been finding out more about is what people think engineering and recording are, as well as what they are not. Web forums can be a very useful source of primary material on what people think about a subject but they can also quickly become fractious places. In 2010 an article was published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society called "Recording Electric Guitar—The Science and the Myth"and it caused quite a stir on the journal's web forum. In fact that 'stir' became more like a flame war at times. It's an interesting read because it's an argument about some of the things that a sound recordist does, and the decisions they make, whilst going about their work. I'll leave you to see what you make of it:

A slightly less flame-ridden but still-a-little-spiky discussion appears on the 'talk page' for the Wikipedia entry on 'Audio Engineering':

One of the things that occurs with heated debate is that it very quickly becomes polarising, we rush to identify with one 'side' or the other. This is useful in one sense, because we very quickly become aware of  where we are positioned (in black and white terms at least) in a debate, but not at all useful in other ways because it stops us cooperating with, and understanding, other points of view.

I'd be really interested to hear people's thoughts on the issues raised in the above discussions but, in the interests of fire safety, please be nice :-)