The Creative System of Studio Performance

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


Performing musicians are often at the centre of the action inside the recording studio, and their contributions are the most discernable on record. Performing musicians and artists working within the context of commercial record production have had a mixed, and often fractious, relationship with the recording studio placing: ‘musicians and musical practice in a new relationship with consumer practices and with consumer society as a whole’ (Théberge in Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, p. 3, 1997). Studio performers therefore not only require musical, technical and sociocultural knowledge but an applied understanding of the ways in which music is used, consumed and enjoyed by audiences of commercial record production in delivering their performances on record. The following chapter provides an alternative take on studio performance by introducing the idea that studio performances are the result of a creative system in action. Beginning first with the performing musician’s domain and field, this chapter then demonstrates the creative system in action drawing on examples from David Bowie and Tupac Shakur.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Thompson
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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