01 June 2009

MA graduate on Radio 4

Terry Curran, graduate of the Psychology for Musicians MA course, has turned his dissertation into two Radio 4 broadcasts, in which he explores performers’ experiences of being recorded. Details of his programmes are given in the press release as follows:
“Performing To The Red Light takes listeners behind the scenes to experience the recording process as different classical performers prepare to enter the studio, among them the pianist Kathryn Stott.
There are also interviews with notable performers, producers and record company executives, who discuss the little-known psychological aspects behind making a classical recording.
The opening programme explores how performers cope with the demands of making their first recording, while more experienced players give their views in the final episode, which also reveals how chamber ensembles find a consensus about which is the best take.”
Performing To The Red Light will be broadcast in two parts on Tuesday 2nd and 9th June at 1.30 pm, and will be of interest to performers, music psychologists and those involved with sound recording. Terry Curran is now continuing his research at the University of Oxford, with Professor Eric Clarke.