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Mixing as a performance: Educating tertiary students in the art of playing audio equipment whilst mixing popular music

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The development of technology and popular music production creative practice are forever interrelated; following the introduction of digital technology there have been significant changes in the way popular musicians mix their music. Analogue eras culminated in pre-automation days with mixers manipulating tactile devices like pots and faders on analogue consoles in a manner akin to that of a performance. During this process many mixers would use the studio as an instrument to craft a mix. However, the Digital Audio Workstation has made mixing a more computer-based practice, which perhaps involves different performance practices than in decades past. This article intends to re-position the current understanding of mixing as a performance and presents a case study of a working higher education pedagogical framework for teaching mixing as a performance. Therefore, this article is intended as a pedagogical starting point for popular music creative practice in higher education.
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Keywords: higher education; mixing; mixing as a performance; popular music; popular music pedagogy; record production

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Griffith University

Publication date: August 1, 2018

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  • The Journal of Music, Technology and Education (JMTE) explores the issues concerning the use of technology in music education. It examines pedagogy at all levels and across genres such as composition, musicology, performance and music production. It is the only journal specifically dedicated to the educational aspects of music technology and the technological aspects of music. Peer-reviewed, with an international editorial board, JMTE aims to draw its contributions from a broad community of educators, researchers and practitioners who are working closely with new technologies in the fields of music education and music technology education.
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