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The Art of Record Production Conference

The annual ARP conference is organiaed by a committee of international scholars and practitioners comprising the director(s) of ARP, conference chairs, and a nominated host university. 

Our keynotes and guest speakers are usually highly regarded industry professionals.

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

Click on the links below to view/ hear a short clip of their talks:

Narada Michael Walden 

Steve Albini 

Susan Rogers

Phil Ramone

Hank Shocklee

Joe Boyd 

Robin Millar

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 apply.)


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Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production

ASARP is a non-profit academic association which was founded in 2009 by Simon Zagorski-Thomas and Katia Isakoff, with both serving as chairs until 2017.  It is supported by an international advisory committee drawn from its membership and industry. 

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 / or musicians. Consequently, we maintain very close ties with the recording industry, and enjoy support from professional organisations worldwide. In addition to the conference and the journal, ASARP also collaborates with other bodies to organise research events, and supports funding bids when appropriate, and in strict consultation with its advisory committee.

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The Journal on the Art of Record Production

The Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP) is an international open access 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.