Monday, April 03, 2006

CHARM offensive


I recently wrote an article for Tokafi.com asking why classical record producers are unknown to the public when their counterparts in the of pop music world are often highly regarded - even notorious. One of my conclusions was that classical music producers have ceased to be innovative; an idea confirmed by David Patmore of the University of Sheffield in a sympoisum for the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM) last September.
Happily, the objective of CHARM’s academic team is to “promote the study of music as performance through a specific focus on recordings”. But unusually for such an academic body, its remit is not limited to historical research: a forthcoming symposium in June will investigate why there “has been no concerted attempt to transform the classical audio recording into a creative commodity”, and why “the interventionist production techniques commonplace in recordings of popular music have had little if any impact on classical audio recordings”.

I look forward to this CHARM offensive with interest and enthusiasm.

Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey - the home of CHARM

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