Because I am an Anthropologist, my research methods are primarily ethnographic. I have conducted an extensive research project on the British classical music recording industry, which involved participant observation at recording sessions and interviews with session participants. During this study I learned about the ways engineers, producers, and musicians “translate” their ideas in order to effectively communicate with each other, and the ways in which broader structures of the music industry shaped the practices of making records. You can read about my recording studio research on my ongoing blog devoted to this project, “Sounds Like an Edit.”
In addition, I have studied recorded music and the recording industry more broadly. I have published an academic article on the recording and aesthetic impact of breath, which you can read here.
I have also conducted ethnography in Chicago, Berlin, and Moscow, focusing on topics such as the tourist experience of blues clubs and the tactics of Russian street musicians to engage passers-by on the street and in the Moscow Metro.
In addition to my core ethnographic methods, I have learned a number of new tools to enhance my research abilities. User Experience (UX) methods are of particular interest to me, and I have been developing my interests in techniques like card sorts, participatory design, and prototype tests.