Sonic Signatures Symposium for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers 9th – 11th of April 2014. 


We are delighted to anounce that world-renowned engineer and producer Haydn Bendall will be joining us for the Sonic Signatures Symposium.


Haydn Bendall started his musical career at Orange Studios in Soho and then went on to work as a piano tuner for Steinway & Sons. This led to an opportunity at Abbey Road Studios where he worked for seventeen years, the last ten as chief engineer, and during this time was introduced to quite possibly the widest selection of music and productions that any studio in the world could offer. Some of the artists and composers Haydn worked with at Abbey Road include A-ha, Angelo Badalamenti, Bonnie Tyler, Camel, Cliff Richard, David Gilmour, Elton John, Everything But The Girl, Freddie Mercury, Gary Moore, Kate Bush, Neneh Cherry, Ozzy Osbourne, Pat Metheny, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sting, Tina Turner and Yusef Islam.
In 1991 Haydn pursued a freelance career and has since worked with artists such as Josh Groban, Dido, Michael Bublé, Shakira, James Blunt, The Priests, Il Divo, Russell Watson and Andrea Bocelli. Haydn recently produced, engineered and mixed the second album for Alessandro and mixed the album ‘Dialogue’ for Miki Imai. Other recent projects include albums and videos for the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and sessions with Van Morrison, Jimmy Somerville, Mick Hucknall, Bobby Womack, PJ Proby and Georgie Fame. 


We are further delighted to announce that Morten Büchert (producer / engineer) and Michael Linde (alias Beatchuggers / Mike Polo) will both be joining us for the panel discussions.

Chaired by Katia Isakoff members of the panel will be asked to explore how technologies of production, recording and musical instruments have shaped the sounds of their body of work. Through playback sessions, the notion of 'current', 'dated' and 'timelessness' in relation to the sound and sonic signatures of selected works, will be considered. This will be followed by a Q&A session.


Haydn Bendall (see above)

Morten Büchert is a producer, engineer and associate professor, currently leading the Sound Engineering Programme at Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Having grown up on consoles, tapemachines and tradional recording practices, he is now close to the engineers and producers of the future and is constantly studying what it takes to be a music producer tomorrow. He has worked with artists from around the world both in the studio and live such as Marylin Mazur, Dave Liebman, Marcos Valle, Tom Harrell, Nikolaj Bentzon, Hanne Boel, Eivør Palsdottir, Rick Trevino, Ballhog, Peter Jensen, Ivan Lins, Toots Thielemans, Steve Gadd, Michel Camilo, Puff Daddy, Jim McNeely, David Murray and lately Grandjean. He is also involved with various festivals and broadcast corporations as a consultant both nationally and internationally. His current research projects include computer-human interaction projects in relation to music production and studies of songwriting and production as integrated artistic process.

Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. He authored The Art of Record Production in 1997 and the second, third and fourth editions now entitled The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, 4th edition (Oxford University Press). Burgess has been a major label recording artist and composer with hit records in his own right; was a studio musician of note, and has worked internationally for most major labels as a producer, engineer, re-mixer and manager of artists and producers. He is known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers, and sampling and as an inventor of the SDSV drum synthesizer. Educated at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and The University of South Wales, he played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (U.K.) and won Music Week, British Arts Council, Park Lane Group, and Greater London Arts Association awards. He currently works at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington DC, where he was co-producer, co-executive producer and project director for Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, a seven year project chronicling more than a century of jazz.

Karsten Dahlgaard (Delgado)

Danish producer & songwriter and part of the production team that produced 8 songs on Denmark's arguably biggest music export success ”Aquarium” by the band Aqua. The team was in large part responsible for the pop Eurodance sound that was successfully exported out of Denmark in the late 1990’s. 
Over the years Delgado has received gold, platinum, multi-platinum and diamond awards for his work with great artists and bands like Ace Of Base, Sugababes, Jay Sean & Mandy Moore among others. He is also involved on the label and management side of the music business via his work with various artists, producers and music companies both locally and internationally. He also acts as mentor for future artists and conducts guest lectures on music business related issues. Delgado has studied the Scandinavian songwriting and production success intensely and added a music management degree to his achievements as well.

Michael Linde alias Beatchuggers / Mike Polo has been djing since 1990, and started to produce in 1995. With releases on high profile labels incl. FFRR/London Rec. EMI, Toolroom Rec., MOS, Pacha Rec. Etc., and remix credentials incl. Eric Clapton, Tears For Fears, Shakira, Safri Duo (Won ”Best Danish Remix of the year 2002”), Ida Corr, Camille Jones, Fedde Le Grand, Noir, and many more…
Michael’s big break came in 2000 with a re-work of Eric Clapton – ”Forever man”. Clapton gave his complete approval and even offered to appear in the video and the rest is history. Beatchuggers featuring Eric Clapton “Forever Man (How Many Times)” became one of the hottest dance hits in the world in 2000, and reached #26 on the UK sales chart topping the dance lists world-wide. Since then, his djing has taken him to guest spots at the top clubs around the world. In 2008 Michael also launched his own label “Chuggy Traxx”.

Other confirmed speakers and panel guests are:

Anne Danielsen

Martin Knakkergaard

Tore Simonsen

Simon Zagorski-Thomas