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Perspectives on the Artistry of Music Production, 10 Feb – 17 Mar 14:00 UK-time / 15:00 Sweden-time

Published: 27 January 2021

There are many factors that shape a music production, including technical, commercial and artistic concerns. In our discussions about production, however, very often we focus on production methods and technical issues. In this seminar series, faculty from University of York and Luleå University of Technology will attempt to broaden our ideas about what gives a music production its distinctive character. Each seminar in this five-part series will offer a different perspective on some of the aesthetic issues that shape productions.

10 February The Art of Production: Sonic Communication, Influence and Manipulation...

Nyssim Lefford, Associate Professor, Audio Technology, Luleå University of Technology

In addition to introducing the seminar series, this session will investigate music production, as compared to engineering and musical performance, as the process of shaping communications with the listening audiences. We will consider how production choices influence listener experiences and even how they manipulate listeners' emotions and perceptions.


The longer Nyssim worked as a sound engineer and producer, the more questions she had about how producers "produce". This curiosity drove her to pursue a PhD in music perception and cognition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now, as a cognitive science researcher, she investigates the expertise and decision making of record producers.

This seminar will involve a presentation, audio examples played through Zoom (please enable stereo/original audio), and a discussion among all participants.

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17 February The Role of Creativity and Functionality in Music Production

Liam Maloney, Associate Lecturer, Department of Music, University of York

The idea of music production is often, and understandably, focused on the final ‘product’– i.e. the mixed recording or the final album. Production decisions are made and executed to achieve some desired end product. However, is the mixed recording actually the final product? If we alter our perception of the process and refocus our efforts in the studio towards enabling a listening event for end-users, our approach to production decisions and execution changes substantially. This seminar considers how we can frame and reconsider our creative practice in the studio to better improve listener experience and engagement.


Liam is a lecturer, researcher and producer. Before joining academia, he worked as a live engineer and drum & bass producer/performer and has worked with and for artists such as Andy Weatherall, Imogen Heap, Pendulum, Dom & Roland, DJ Fresh, Ruby etc. As a researcher his work focuses on the role of music within society, and directly attempts to connect musical and production features to broader sociological themes.

This seminar will involve a presentation, audio examples played through Zoom (please enable stereo/original audio), and a discussion among all participants.

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24 February The Music Producer as a “Song Doctor”

David Myhr, Senior Lecturer, School of Music, Luleå University of Technology

When working with songwriter/artists, producers are often "song doctors". They are responsible for guiding and inspiring songwriters to take the songs to the next level. This involves a close dialogue with the songwriter/artist about how to strengthen material as well as determine what is the strongest material to record. This session discusses some fundamentals of songwriting and aims to share some analytical tools on how to approach songs from a producer’s perspective.


David is a songwriter, artist and music producer that finds inspiration mainly in classic 60’s and 70’s pop/rock. He has a background in the 90s powerpop band The Merrymakers. In the 00s he wrote and produced for Japanese artists and in the 10s he released the albums “Soundshine” and “Lucky Day” as a solo artist.

Please note: David invites and encourages students to send in their own pop/rock songs beforehand (a week or two before the session) that may be used as illustrative material when discussing certain aspects of song doctoring. Please feel free to send mp3 (or link) + lyrics to but be aware that there are no guarantees there will be time for more than a couple of brief examples. If your song will be discussed you will be contacted in advance.

This seminar will involve a presentation, audio examples played through Zoom (please enable stereo/original audio), song doctoring of a couple of student songs, and a discussion among all participants.

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10 March The Art of Reverberation

Jez Wells, Senior Lecturer, Department of Music, University of York

An important part of production is applying technology to create musical outcomes. When we choose, adjust and balance reverberation we are making musical decisions. This session will consider how reverberation, from the real to the surreal, has been and can be used to reflect, enhance and augment the meanings of the texts (both words and music) that itserves.


Jez is an audio designer and studio musician who has recorded in some of the world’s most remarkable acoustic spaces, from Notre Dame in Paris to York Minster. His Interactive Reverberation Modelling system offers algorithmic control over sampling reverberators and is the basis of Nugen Audio’s Paragon plugin, recently described by Sound on Sound as ‘very impressive technology that takes convolution reverbs to a new level’.

This seminar will involve a presentation, audio examples played through Zoom (please enable stereo/original audio), and a discussion among all participants.

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17 March Panel Discussion (with presenters)

This session will feature a panel discussion with all the presenters. Together, we will identify the themes that connect our different perspectives on producing, and invite broader discussions with the audience about the art of production.

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General Information

All seminars are open to all students and faculty in the Department of Music, Media and Theatre at Luleå University of Technology, and the Department of Music at University of York. It is assumed that attendees will have a background in music and/or sound engineering, and some basic familiarity with music production.

All seminars

●      Will be held via Zoom (only)

●      Start at 14:00 UK-time / 15:00 Sweden-time on each day, and run for 90 minutes.

●      Will be in English.


Nyssim Lefford, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)911 72619
Organisation: Audio Technology, Music, Media and Theatre, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts