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Mastering The Void: A Missing Link in UK Audio Education?

Hepworth-Sawyer, Russ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8266-0149 (2021) Mastering The Void: A Missing Link in UK Audio Education? AES e-Library.

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In recent living memory, the United Kingdom has shifted its Higher Education (HE) policy from a purely educational standpoint to an overtly vocational one. This shift has emerged from successivepolitical policiesthat encouragea fierce marketization of the UK HE sector, rated by metrics often based upon employability, vocational and student satisfaction. Against this backdrop, new generations of 'music technologists’ have emerged in a continually growing sector. Perhaps thisgrowth in undergraduate provision has emerged to meet the demand of industry or despite industry. This paper explores one remaining area of audio education in which an industry-ready training void may persist. Drawing upon analysis of undergraduate provision in the UK and several interviews with lecturers and program leaders, this paper displays the perceived mismatch between training provision and professional expectations in audio mastering and seeks to discuss satisfactory ways forward for aspiring engineers.

NOTE-The data for this paper was collected between December 2019 and February 2020 andwasprepared for the initial submission for the AES Education Conference to be held in the Summer of 2020. This data was the start of a much wider research objective for the author into audio mastering.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Presented at the AES International Conference on Audio Education 2021 July 22–24, Online
Status: Published
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5396

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