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Production perspectives of heavy metal record producers

Thomas, Niall; King, Andrew


Niall Thomas


The study of the recorded artefact from a musicological perspective continues to unfold through contemporary research. Whilst an understanding of the scientific elements of recorded sound is well documented, the exploration of the production and the artistic nature of this endeavour is still developing. This article explores phenomenological aspects of producing heavy metal music from the perspective of seven renowned producers working within the genre. Through a series of interviews and subsequent in-depth analysis, particular sonic qualities are identified as key within the production of this work: Impact; energy; precision; and extremity. A conceptual framework is then put forward for understanding the production methodology of recorded heavy metal music, and how developing technology has influenced the production of the genre.


Thomas, N., & King, A. (2019). Production perspectives of heavy metal record producers. Popular music, 38(3), 498-517.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 11, 2019
Publication Date 2019-10
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Popular Music
Print ISSN 0261-1430
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Pages 498-517
Keywords Recording; Heavy Metal; Production; Producers; Phenomenology; Music
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