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The Creative System of Commercial Record Production

  • Paul Thompson
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Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)

Abstract

A system’s perspective sees the individual or agent as only one part of a system and underlines that creativity arises from the dynamic interaction between the agent and the system’s other elements: a domain and field. Systems are not isolated however, they are connected to, and dependent upon, other systems (Skyttner in General Systems Theory: Problems, Perspectives, Practice, World Scientific, River Edge, NJ, 2006). Their connections are so intricate and multi-layered that: ‘a system in one perspective is a subsystem in another’ (Laszlo in The Systems View of the World: The Natural Philosophy of the New Developments in the Sciences, George Braziller, New York, 1972, p. 14). Consequently, within the creative system of commercial record production, there are a series of multi-layered, vertical, horizontal and diagonally interconnected systems. In particular, the creative systems of songwriting, performing, engineering and producing can be seen to directly contribute to the production of the final recording (Zak in The Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks, Making Records, University of California Press, London, 2001). This chapter introduces the history, traditions and function of these distinct but interconnected systems beginning first with the creative system of songwriting.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Thompson
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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