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Series of special events in Music and Film

May 28, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - May 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Series of special events this week, Wednesday 28 May – Friday 30 May on the theme of IP in Music and Film. Hosted by Professor Mira Sundara Rajan.

Guest speaker Martha de Francisco, an eminent sound engineer who has worked with classical music greats including Alfred Brendel, Jessye Norman, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is currently an Associate Professor of sound recording at McGill University Montreal, Canada (founded by James McGill, who studied at the University of Glasgow in the 1750s).


Martha will be providing her insights on music production and will be considering, with us, the musical and legal implications of technology for authorship, ownership, collaboration, and creativity. Martha’s talk is scheduled on Friday afternoon 3-5 in the Gloag Lecture Theatre at the Law School.

Wednesday 28 May 4-5pm
Copyright in Sound Recordings – informal seminar

Venue:  Walker Room, School of Law

In preparation for Martha’s seminar, Mira will be hosting a pre-event session on Wednesday afternoon, 4-5, in the Walker Room at the Law School, discussing Copyright Issues in Sound Recordings. Mira will give a short presentation that should leave ample time for questions, comments, and discussion.

Thursday 29 May 8pm
Screening of Timelock
with producer, Dr Inge Sorensen, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Digital Economy & Culture at the Centre for Cultural Policy and Director, David Griffith

Venue: tba

As part of the IP music and film fest, there will be a screening of an independent film produced by Dr. Inge Sorensen, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Digital Economy & Culture at the Centre for Cultural Policy, and directed by David Griffith; music by RM Hubbert, who won the SAYAwards (Scottish Album of the year) last year. The film is described as;-

“an aesthetically innovative, Tartan-noir thriller about a safe that doesn’t open, a robbery gone wrong, and lives going off the tracks. Written and directed by David Griffith and produced by the CCPR’s Dr Inge Sorensen, TimeLock is micro-budget, filmmaking at its best. A digital film for the digital age – with a menacing, minimalist soundtrack courtesy of Dave McAulay, Howie Reeve and RM Hubbert winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Awards 2013. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the director.”

David and Inge will be on hand to present their film at 8:00pm on Thursday evening, venue to be announced.

Friday, 30 May 3-5pm
Music Production – Professor Martha de Francisco

Venue: GLOAG Lecture Room, School of Law


A massive expansion of technology has taken place in the last decades. Like so many aspects of our contemporary world, music recording and production have been taken by storm by the digital revolution. Advanced technologies and alternative distribution models are shaping a new world of music capture and enjoyment.

This seminar aims to present an overview of the current state of music production in the Digital Age. A broad range of topics will be touched upon, including discussions of varying production techniques for music recording, reflections on sound quality and new distribution avenues, considerations of digital production tools and practices for musicians, engineers, and producers, the role of audio engineers in aiding forensic investigators to explore and analyze cases of suspected music piracy, and, finally, the important question of changing revenue models in the recording industry. Case studies will be presented, with music examples, illustrative images and unequivocal charts.


An internationally acknowledged leader in the field of sound recording and record production, she has over 30 years of experience in the production of high-quality recordings and a unique international career as record producer of some of the most prominent artists of our time, such as Alfred Brendel, Jessye Norman, Simon Rattle, the orchestras of Vienna and Philadelphia, and the Bayreuth Festival.

A graduate from the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, Martha was one of the pioneers of digital recording and editing in Europe during the 1980s. On staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she developed long lasting working relationships with many distinguished artists.

Martha de Francisco is appointed as Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology CIRMMT. Current research interests include music recording with virtual acoustics, studies on critical listening and the aesthetics of recorded music.

For further details e-mail Mira.SundaraRajan@glasgow.ac.uk