Mark Collins

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Popular Music and Culture


Dr. Jay Hodgson


This thesis presents an analytic model for investigating the musical functions of delay and modulation signal processing in a pop/rock context. In so doing, it challenges prevalent academic assumptions about what, specifically, constitutes “musical practice,” focusing analytic attention on musical procedures and terms reserved for recordists that, until very recently, have only registered in research as extra-musical technologizations of “live” exchange, if at all. Recordists do not create space via delay and modulation processing. Rather, they use delay and modulation processing, among other techniques, to provide psychoacoustic information which listeners require to infer space. Put differently, recordists use delay and modulation processing, among other techniques, to add psychoacoustic information to tracks and, in the process, to situate them within the broader space represented by a mix. This musical process is what I ultimately intend to elucidate through the model I present in this thesis.



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