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Processes of learning in the project studio

Slater, Mark



Evangelos Himonides


The emergence of the project studio is a story of increasing access to ever more powerful technologies that allow music to be produced in increasingly diverse circumstances. In 1973 Melody Maker responded, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, to an emerging trend by offering basic advice about setting up a home studio: ‘about half the garages and basements in England must be echoing to the siren song of rock music by now; everybody’s building their own recording studios’ (Blake 1973). Théberge identifies the same year as a milestone in the emergence of a viable market for consumer music technologies because sales of electronic synthesisers were first tracked as a separate category (1997: 52-3). Technological innovation, economic viability, and the socio-cultural impetus to make music with technology coincided in the early 1970s to create the conditions for the eventual emergence of the domestic project studio.


Slater, M. (2016). Processes of learning in the project studio. In A. King, & E. Himonides (Eds.), Music, Technology, and Education : Critical Perspectives (9-26). London: Routledge.

Online Publication Date Jun 10, 2016
Publication Date Jun 24, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 6, 2017
Journal Music, technology and education
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 9-26
Series Title SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music
Book Title Music, Technology, and Education : Critical Perspectives
Chapter Number 1
ISBN 9781317091516; 9781472426208
Keywords Project studio; Music
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