Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Daniel Helseth
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Chérie Hughes
Musical communication, Western classical music, Musicianship, Recording, Production, Sound Engineering
Examining perceptions of music technology raises questions about why people often overlook music technologists and why people perceive music technologists as a lesser part of the musical experience. The issue of musicianship becomes a key factor in addressing the perceived inferiority of music technologists. The examination of the dominant theory of musical communication will reveal the qualifications for musicianship, and then the work of music technologists will be evaluated using these qualifications. A brief history of music technology will provide general information about the field and a recording session case study will serve as a basis for the assessment of music technologists as musical. Since the primary theory of musical communication analyzed here developed out of the classical music tradition, the work of music technologists will also be considered in the context of the classical genre. This analysis reveals the importance and musicality of music technologists, which results in the need to reevaluate current theories of musical communication.
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Bowers, Julie, "Shifting the Paradigm: Revealing the Music Within Music Technology" (2019). Honors Projects. 108.