The Transformative Art of the Recording Composer

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Falconer, Chantalle T.
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Houghton University
Record production is a communicative art form that enhances traditional methods of composition with innovative techniques. In his 1928 essay titled, “The Conquest of Ubiquity,” Paul Valéry noted the contrast between the development of art from the past through the present, emphasizing the evolving nature of art and creativity. Since the fine arts originated, advancements in technology have offered countless modes of crafting and interacting with art. For example, recording originally served the role of preserving live performance occasions but has since flourished into an artistic outlet. Currently, an affordable array of recording technology has made music production accessible to those without traditional training in composition or musicianship, sparking debates about quality. Though elements of traditional music composition are critical for creating high quality art, contemporary production tools can further extend the compositional horizon. Through detailed control of concrete sounds, producers have already discovered new sonic worlds and as a result have established fresh genres. Equipped with skills of critical listening, the recording composer can transcend physical constraints within their musical works through sound manipulation. The recording composer works behind the scenes in the studio and does not seem to fit neatly within the traditional trio of composer, performer, and listener in the music-making process; nevertheless, their influence is significant and needed in contemporary musical life. This paper, with its connected EP project, contribute to the ongoing discussion of musicologists, composers, and producers regarding how sound recording technology is a catalyst able to assist and transform the conception of art.
Sound recording industry , Composition (Music)
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