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Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP)

ASARP is an academic association which was founded in 2009 by Simon Zagorski-Thomas and Katia Isakoff.  Supported by an international executive committee drawn from its membership, they served as co-chairs until late 2017.  

ASARP is currently run by Katia Isakoff and Shara Rambarran and has members from all over the world and from a wide range of academic disciplines.  Many of our members are, or have been, professional recording engineers, producers and musicians. As such, we maintain very close links with the recording industry (internationally) and enjoy support from professional organisations. In addition to the conference and the journal, ASARP also collaborates with other bodies to organise research events and lend support for research projects and funding bids.  

The Art of Record Production Conference (ARP)

ARP is an international conference organised by a committee consisting of the director(s) of ARP and a nominated host university.  

Our keynote and guest speakers are usually emininent recording professionals and producers such as (click on the links to view/hear a short clip of their talks):

Narada Michael Walden | Steve Albini | Pete Waterman | Phil Ramone | Hank Shocklee | Joe Boyd | Robin Millar

Suzanne Ciani | Susan Rogers | Maureen Droney | Kenny Gamble | Tony Maserati | Joseph Tarsia | 

André Perry (Le Studio) | Benny Andersson (ABBA) | Valgeir Sigurðsson | Thomas Bärtschi |  | Jan Erik Kongshaug

Wherever possible we seek to make the connection between the academic world of research and pedagogy and the industry world of creative practice and commerce, and to examine how they can help each other and promote mutual understanding.

We welcome proposals from any higher education institution, anywhere in the world, wishing to host the conference. 

Please note that you must be a member of ASARP to attend ARP (*additional conference registration fees applies.)

The Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP)

The Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP) is an international online peer-reviewed journal promoting the interdisciplinary study of record production. The term ‘record production’ is to be interpreted in the broadest sense as the production of recorded music. JARP was founded in 2006 by Simon Zagorski-Thomas and Katia Isakoff. The guest editor for the first issue was Simon Frith, and for the second issue, Albin Zak. JARP has since published a total of eleven issues.

The journal publishes peer reviewed research papers with contributions from world-renowned industry professionals, and is run by an editorial committee, led by the joint editors-in-chief, Katia Isakoff and Richard James Burgess