Event: Music Production in the Digital Age: Reflections, Practices, Piracy

30th of May 2014, 3pm – 5pm / Gloag lecture theatre

We are proud to announce this extraordinary event organised by Professor Mira Sundara Rajan and the CREATe Centre at Glasgow University Law School. On the 30th of May, renowned record producer and recording engineer specialised in Classical music, Professor Martha de Francisco, will give a seminar entitled “Music Production in the Digital Age: Reflections, Practices, Piracy.”

Martha notes:

“A massive expansion of technology has taken place in the last decades. Like so many aspects of our contemporary world, music recording and production have been taken by storm by the digital revolution. Advanced technologies and alternative distribution models are shaping a new world of music capture and enjoyment.

This seminar aims to present an overview of the current state of music production in the Digital Age. A broad range of topics will be touched upon, including discussions of varying production techniques for music recording, reflections on sound quality and new distribution avenues, considerations of digital production tools and practices for musicians, engineers, and producers, the role of audio engineers in aiding forensic investigators to explore and analyze cases of suspected music piracy, and, finally, the important question of changing revenue models in the recording industry. Case studies will be presented, with music examples, illustrative images and unequivocal charts.”

Martha de Francisco is a record producer and recording engineer specializing in Classical music. She is a professor of Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal, a frequent lecturer at international audio conferences and a regular judge of student recording competitions.


An internationally acknowledged leader in the field of sound recording and record production, she has over 30 years of experience in the production of high-quality recordings and a unique international career as record producer of some of the most prominent artists of our time, including Alfred Brendel, Jessye Norman, Simon Rattle, the orchestras of Vienna and Philadelphia, and the Bayreuth Festival.

A graduate of the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, Martha was one of the pioneers of digital recording and editing in Europe during the 1980s. On staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she developed long lasting working relationships with many distinguished artists.

Martha de Francisco is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, CIRMMT. Her current research interests include music recording with virtual acoustics, studies on critical listening and the aesthetics of recorded music.

IP students and everyone interested in contemporary music production are warmly invited to attend, and to bring questions and comments for discussion with Martha and the group.

The seminar will be followed by a social gathering at The Left Bank, which will take place immediately after the event. Please note that the IP Society will also host a pre-event about ‘Copyright Issues in Sound Recordings’ on the 28th of May.


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Event: Screening of the independent film Timelock and Q&A with producer Dr. Inge Sorensen and director David Griffith

29th of May 2014, 8pm – 10pm / Williams Room

We are happy to announce another event organised by Professor Mira Sundara Rajan as part of the ‘IP in Music and Film Week’. On thursday there will be a screening of the indendent film produced by Dr. Inge Sorensen, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Digital Economy & Culture at the Centre for Cultural Policy, and directed by David Griffith; music by RM Hubbert, who won the SAYAwards (Scottish Album of the year) last year.

The film is described as –

20140527-185902-68342409.jpg“an aesthetically innovative, Tartan-noir thriller about a safe that doesn’t open, a robbery gone wrong, and lives going off the tracks. Written and directed by David Griffith and produced by the CCPR’s Dr. Inge Sorensen, TimeLock is micro-budget filmmaking at its best. A digital film for the digital age – with a menacing, minimalist soundtrack courtesy of Dave McAulay, Howie Reeve and RM Hubbert winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Awards 2013.”

David Griffith is an award-winning, filmmaker who has collaborated as a screenwriter, producer and director with many other award-winning filmmakers including Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo I & II, Pontypool), Bernard MacLaverty (Bye-Child) and Garfield Kennedy (Why the Towers Fell – Emmy Award Winning Best Documentary in 2003). David also teaches filmmaking courses for the University of Strathclyde CLL, the Writers Factory and the SAE Institute.”

The screening will be followed by Q&A with producer Dr. Inge Sorensen and director David Griffith. If you want to make most out of the ‘IP in Music and Film Week’ you should not miss this event.



Pre-event: Copyright Issues in Sound Recordings

28th of May 2014, 4pm – 5pm / Walker room (Stair Building)

In preparation for Friday’s seminar of Martha de Francisco on ‘Music Production in the Digital Age’, the IP Society will host an open pre-event, in cooperation with Professor Mira Sundara Rajan, on Copyright Issues in Sound Recordings. This highly recommended event will briefly introduce Friday’s seminar and will not only provide attending students with some helpful background information but is also intended to offer the occasion for questions and comments as well as to encourage discussion on music production and related issues of IP law.

Examples of the topics to be covered are:

  • What is a record producer and what is the role of sound engineers?
  • How does the digital age affect the profession?
  • What are the characteristics of the digital recording industry and how are sound recordings protected by copyright?
  • What is the difference between a sound recording and a musical work?

We think that the preliminary engagement with the field of music production will lead to thoughts and ideas, which will contribute to Friday’s seminar and warmly invite IP students as well as everyone interested in contemporary music production.