Music Studio Operators from Germany's 'Ruhrpott': Role, Services and Resources

Jan-Peter Herbst, Jan Holthaus

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The role of record producers has always been in the state of constant change. Following Howlett (2009) and Martin (2014), this article explores the work realities of ordinary but still professional “studio operators” from the Ruhr Area in Germany. Focusing on studio operators rather than on record producers pays special attention to the economic, material and administrative aspects often neglected. The findings indicate that aspiring producers see the need to have a studio of their own and to offer various services besides the core activities of recording, mixing and mastering. The results also reveal a type of creative entrepreneur in the true sense of a “studio operator”.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalEtnomusikologian vuosikirja
Early online date11 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2017


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