Alumni Insights: Reality is not a Recording, A Recording is Not Reality

  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Online Webinar

For many, the making of a music recording is a 'dark art.' This talk demystifies the process. For our next #DuqAlumniInsights presentation, Jim Anderson, M'73, a multi Grammy award winner and the 2018 recipient of the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music's Alumni Achievement Award, will share his expertise on the recording industry.

The former New York Times film critic, Vincent Canby, wrote "all of us have different thresholds at which we suspend disbelief, and then gladly follow fictions to conclusions that we find logical." Any recording is a "fiction," a falsity, even in its most pure form. It is the responsibility, if not the duty, of the recording engineer, and producer, to create a universe so compelling and transparent that the listener isn't aware of any manipulation. Using basic recording techniques, and standard manipulation of audio, a recording is made, giving the listener an experience that is not merely logical but better than reality. How does this occur? What techniques can be applied? How does an engineer create a convincing loudspeaker illusion that a listener will perceive as a plausible reality?

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