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Popular Music and the Anthropocene

Journal Article
Ribac, F., & Harkins, P. (2020)
Popular Music and the Anthropocene. Popular Music, 39(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0261143019000539
Ribac, F., & Harkins, P. (2020). Popular Music and the Anthropocene. Popular Music, 39(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0261143019000539

Following the Auteurs: Kate Bush and the Fairlight CMI

Presentation / Conference
Harkins, P. (2019, December)
Following the Auteurs: Kate Bush and the Fairlight CMI. Paper presented at This Woman's Work: A Kate Bush Symposium, Edinburgh College of Art
I’m a big fan of Kate Bush’s music but my priority in this paper is not to praise her many achievements. Instead, I want to look at how she was using music technologies in the...

Cult Sound Studies: hand claps, orchestra hits, and the production of popular music

Journal Article
Harkins, P. (2019)
Cult Sound Studies: hand claps, orchestra hits, and the production of popular music. Sound Studies, 5(2), 213-216. https://doi.org/10.1080/20551940.2019.1648029
No abstract available.

Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies

Book
Harkins, P. (2019)
Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351209960
Digital Sampling is the first book about the design and use of sampling technologies that have shaped the sounds of popular music since the 1980s. Written in two parts, Digit...

Can Music be Digitised? Samplers, Democratisation, and 'the Digital Age'

Presentation / Conference
Harkins, P. (2018, December)
Can Music be Digitised? Samplers, Democratisation, and 'the Digital Age'. Paper presented at Music, Digitalisation, and Democracy
Rather than an abrupt or revolutionary shift from analogue to digital, I will argue in this paper that the use of digital technologies such as samplers have been part of a mor...

Was the Sampler a Revolution? Continuity and Change in the Design and Use of Synthesizer/Sampling Technologies

Presentation / Conference
Harkins, P. (2018, September)
Was the Sampler a Revolution? Continuity and Change in the Design and Use of Synthesizer/Sampling Technologies. Paper presented at The Sound of the Anthropocene: Materialities Seminar
No abstract available.

Following the Distributors: Syco Systems and the Selling of Musical Instruments.

Presentation / Conference
Harkins, P. (2018, September)
Following the Distributors: Syco Systems and the Selling of Musical Instruments. Paper presented at Art of Record Production (ARP)/International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) UK & Ireland Branch Conference
Since the 1980s and 1990s, scholars in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and, more specifically, those adopting the Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) approach have b...

Becoming a User? Science & Technology Studies (STS) and the Design/Use of Digital Synthesizer/Sampling Instruments

Presentation / Conference
Harkins, P. (2018, June)
Becoming a User? Science & Technology Studies (STS) and the Design/Use of Digital Synthesizer/Sampling Instruments. Presented at Workshop on Objects of Electronic Sound & Music in Museums
This provocation will give an overview of a research project about the historical and contemporary uses of digital synthesizer/sampling instruments. One of the problems I face...

Questioning the Digital Revolution: Continuity and Change in the Design and Use of Music Technologies

Presentation / Conference
Harkins, P. (2017, June)
Questioning the Digital Revolution: Continuity and Change in the Design and Use of Music Technologies. Paper presented at 19th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Kassel, Germany
The use of digital technologies since the 1980s have changed the way in which music is stored, distributed, and consumed. The use of digital technologies has also reshaped the...

Following the Fairlight CMI and its Users: The Digital Reproduction of 'Real' Instruments and Sounds

Presentation / Conference
Harkins, P. (2017, June)
Following the Fairlight CMI and its Users: The Digital Reproduction of 'Real' Instruments and Sounds. Paper presented at Galpin Society/AMIS Conference on Musical Instruments, The University of Edinburgh
This paper will focus on the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument (CMI), which is generally regarded as the first commercially available digital sampler. However, its designe...