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Change and Continuity: Traditions, Tensions and Transformations in Music Production

September 12-14, 2024, Leeds
Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK
Society for Music Production Research Inaugural Conference

Deadline for abstracts: February 29, 2024

For the inaugural SMPR conference, the overarching theme is ‘Change and Continuity’ with a focus on tradition, history and practice and the ways in which these can all be balanced alongside innovation in imagining and reimagining new pathways, avenues and perspectives for music production research. Responses to conventional ideas, challenging traditional views, structures and formats can all provide a useful starting point to explore change, development or redesign.

The theme of ‘Change and Continuity’ – i.e. history, tradition, innovation and reimaginings – is intended merely as inspiration for potential submissions, and we invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals that cover the length and breadth of music production, its research and practice. SMPR invites proposals on all topics related to music production. Possible topics for proposals may include but are not limited to:

Music production: past, present and future

Music creation and record production

Music reception and circulation

Music production practices

Technology and music production

Music production, business & the music industry

Cross-disciplinary topics around music production

Please submit proposals via this link by midnight (UTC) February 29, 2024.

Submission types:

Individual Papers – 20-minute presentations with 10-minute Q&A. Submit an abstract of up to 300 words. Include the Title, Author(s), contact information, and 3-5 keywords. Abstracts should summarize the context and argument of the paper and a brief conclusion.

Organized Panels - up to 2 hours consisting of a moderated presentation with 4-6 participants. Submit an abstract of up to 300 words describing the panel theme, rationale, and goals. Include a list of participants, designated moderator, and a list of 3-5 keywords.

Themed Session – up to 2 hours consisting of 3-4 papers. Submit an abstract of up to 300 words describing the panel’s theme, list of proposed papers, rationale, and goals and a list of 3-5 keywords.

Alternative Presentations – up to 2 hours. Submit an abstract of up to 300 words describing the theme, rationale, and goals of a non-standard presentation. Include a list of 3-5 keywords, the delivery format, and any special requirements.

About SMPR

The Society for Music Production Research is dedicated to building knowledge and dialogue among practitioners and scholars related to all aspects of music production. SMPR promotes research, publication, and networking among scholars and practitioners in the domains of creation, technologies, historical and industry contexts, aesthetics, and reception. The field is broad and includes all aspects of music production.

SMPR encourages multidisciplinary and intersectional engagement between its members, the music production industry, researchers, and related organizations and seeks to reinforce how research in music production impacts educators and students, while providing and encouraging a supportive space where members can contribute genuinely and sincerely by actively working to negate practices that perpetuate systems of oppression and exclusivity.

About Leeds Beckett University

Leeds is a vibrant hub of musical creativity, hosting a diverse range of genres within its lively music venues, nightclubs, dance halls, pubs, and other musical spaces. From crooners to indie rockers, the city has produced a myriad of musical talent. Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Music and Sound programmes are delivered at Leeds Beckett University within Leeds School of Arts (LSA) new building, which officially opened in 2021. The LSA building provides music and sound students with state-of-the-art recording studios, performance spaces, production suites, dubbing theaters, acoustics testing labs and more. Music production research within the LSA Music and Sound team is diverse and ranges from composition, to designing and developing new instruments and music technologies. We’ve hosted a number of events such as the Sixth Art of Record Production Conference in 2010, Audio Engineering Society’s Up Your Output in 2017 and we’re excited to welcome you all to the very first SMPR conference here in the center of Leeds.

Please note:

All conference presenters must be SMPR members by the time they register for the conference. For membership and conference information visit: SMPR Membership

The results of the SMPR Executive Committee election will be announced at the General Assembly of this conference. To participate in this election as either a candidate and/or voter, you must be an SMPR Member.

Please spread this CfP widely throughout your own personal networks

Conference committee:   Alex Stevenson, Course Director for BA Music Production and Performance & BA Music Industries Management ; Paul Thompson, Reader in Popular Music ; William Moylan,  Professor Emeritus of Music and Sound Recording Technology, University of Massachusetts Lowell.


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