Popular Music Practice: Music as Research. Introduction to the Special Issue


  • Rupert Till University of Huddersfield


Popular Music, Practice Based, Practice Led, Research, Production, Composition.


This is the editorial introduction for a special issue of IASPM Journal entitled Popular Music Practice: Music as Research. It discusses the origins of this special issue, and the past rarity of popular music practice publications in academic contexts. It examines characteristics of popular music practice research, and that collaboration and relationship are often of more relevance than novelty, or purity of aesthetic. It explores the common themes of the research presented in this publication, addressing the development of the field in the UK and Australia, as well as discussing why audience reception, technology and collaboration are particularly relevant in this field. It finishes by calling for more publications of popular music practice research in the future.

Author Biography

Rupert Till, University of Huddersfield

Professor of Music and Associate Dean International in the School of Music, Humanities and Media, University of Huddersfield, UK. I teach mostly popular music subjects, including popular music composition, performance and musicology, as well as teaching research students, projects, dissertations and music technology subjects. My research includes popular music composition, analysis and musicology, music and religion, star studies, sound archaeology, art of record production and electronic dance music culture. I live in Sheffield, UK, and am an active musician and composer http://rupertchill.wordpress.com/


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