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“It’s cleaner, definitely”: Collaborative Process in Audio Production

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Working from vague client instructions, how do audio producers collaborate to diagnose what specifically is wrong with a piece of music, where the problem is and what to do about it? This paper presents a design ethnography that uncovers some of the ways in which two music producers co-ordinate their understanding of complex representations of pieces of music while working together in a studio. Our analysis shows that audio producers constantly make judgements based on audio and visual evidence while working with complex digital tools, which can lead to ambiguity in assessments of issues. We show how multimodal conduct guides the process of work and that complex media objects are integrated as elements of interaction by the music producers. The findings provide an understanding how people currently collaborate when producing audio, to support the design of better tools and systems for collaborative audio production in the future.


Deacon, Thomas; Healey, Patrick; Barthet, Mathieu (2023): “It’s cleaner, definitely”: Collaborative Process in Audio Production. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 32, No. 3. DOI: 10.1007/s10606-022-09448-1. Springer. ISSN: 1573-7551. pp. 475-505