Faculty of Music

New online journal of popular music launched from Western

jay hodgsonDon Wright Faculty of Music Professor Jay Hodgson has  proudly launched an online journal entitled Popular Music: in Practice www.popularmusicinpractice.com

The journal “is devoted to considerations of songwriting, musical performance, and record production, as well as the products of those practices — songs, performances, and recordings. We pledge allegiance to neither genre nor discipline, preferring to accommodate every variety of musical experience and expertise. Research/discussion frameworks that resonate with the views of songwriters/composers and musicians/recordists are privileged in this journal, since we believe practitioners best help us to understand the creative process as it unfolds from the initial conception of a song through recording to release. Because the capacityto doremains fundamental to all discussions of creativity, we actively solicit material from practicing songwriters, musicians, and recordists, and from scholars who study and teach songwriting, performance, and record production." (Journal mission statement) 

The editorial board features Grammy and Juno nominated and winning producers, DJs, and label heads, as well as professors and academics of record production and songwriting from Southampton Solent University, York St John University and London College of Music. In total the board encompasses academics from  Canada, the UK and Germany.  

Divided into "research" and "interviews", the first issue features articles written by Kevin Doyle, whose production credits include multiple Junos and a Grammy nomination for his work with Glenn Gould, Noah Pred, who owns and operates the Juno nominated label Thoughtless Music, Ruth Dockwray, who is a senior lecturer in popular music at Southampton Solent University, and Bob Toft.  It also has *exclusive* video interviews  with George Martin (producer of the Beatles) and Bob Ezrin (producer of Pink Floyd, KISS, etc.), and London's own Alastair Smith, whose credits include work on records by The Tragically Hip, Rush, the Barenaked Ladies, and many more.