Gender Ventriloquism in Studio Production


  • Helen Reddington University of East London


ventriloquism, recording, women producers and engineers


A process of ventriloquism, with male producers speaking through the mouthpieces of the women they produce, can reinforce gender delineations in pop. After discussing ventriloquism in pop and demonstrating different ways in which this has happened using historical examples, the author’s original interviews with women who record male artists are examined to discover whether a similar process takes place when roles are reversed. The author concludes that aspects of ventriloquism are inherent in production, although some women producers have questioned gender roles during this process. She also notes that as more female mediators enter the profession, we may hear more authentic expressions of women’s identities in popular music.

Author Biography

Helen Reddington, University of East London

Senior Lecturer in Music Production, Institute of Performing Arts Development



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