SSHRC funded AUDIO+ project examines discrimination in audio engineering industry

May 12, 2021 | Faculty, Awards, Research

School of Music professor Kirk McNally is the recipient of a SSHRC Connection Grant for his AUDIO+ project—a planned three-day hybrid workshop at UVic, and the launch of a new open-access academic journal, Music Materialities and Infrastructures (MMI).

The workshop, scheduled for November 10-13, 2021, will gather established audio engineer-scholars, students and young graduates, music producers and studio professionals, artists, and others to build a community that engages in a critical dialogue on overcoming gender-, race- and class-based discrimination in the field of music production and audio engineering. 

MMI will be a fully peer-reviewed, digital, free to access publication. It is being created in response to a lack of peer-reviewed venues for research on music materialities and infrastructures, including professional audio, critical organology, feminist technoscience-informed studies of music technologies, and platform and algorithmic exclusions. The journal is designed around an editorial collective equity model, and it will serve an international scholarly community, Canadian audio researchers, and industry-academic collaborations.