Music production

Albright professor publishes book on the culture and practice of digital music production

Drawing on research from the music technology industry and his own practice as a producer of hip-hop and electronic dance music, Mike D’Errico, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and computer science at Albright College, published “Push: software design and the cultural politics of music productionwith Oxford University Press.

The book shows how changes in music software design during the first decades of the 21st century have shaped the production techniques and performance practices of artists working in all media, from hip-hop and dance music electronics to video games and mobile applications. In “Push”, D’Errico examines the social, cultural and political values ​​engineered into music software, and how these values ​​are embodied by musical communities through production and performance.

“In addition to the decade I spent in Los Angeles conducting research for this book, much of the final product was shaped by my experience working with students in my music technology classes at Albright.” noted D’Errico.

D’Errico holds the roles of director of music technology and composition, assistant professor of music and computing, and head of the music department at Albright College, where he teaches courses in music production, sound design, game design, and songwriting. His research has been published in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Journal on the Art of Record Production, and edited collections such as The Oxford Handbook of Electronic Dance Music; Electronic Cities: Music, Politics and Space in the 21st Century; Critical issues in music and sound production; and The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop.

As an electronic music producer and sound designer, he creates hip-hop beats, electronic dance music tracks and sound for video games and virtual reality applications. He is a Avid Certified Instructor in Pro Tools for Music and Game Audioas well as an Apple Certified Pro in Logic Pro X. He earned his doctorate in musicology from UCLA, his master’s degree in music from Tufts University, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of New Hampshire.

Hardcover ISBN: 9780190943301 | Paperback ISBN: 9780190943318

Named one of the best national colleges by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Albright College (founded in 1856) is home to a diverse community of learners who cultivate integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience. Through learning experiences that engage a student’s creative and innovative abilities across all disciplines, both inside and outside the classroom, an education at Albright College ensures that every student learns to engage with the world, to understand the world and is ready to make an impact in a rapidly changing world. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright serves undergraduates, adult learners, and graduate students.


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