Dr. Jay Hodgson

Dr. Jay Hodgson is on faculty at Western University, where he primarily teaches courses on songwriting and project paradigm record production. In the last few years, his mixes and masters have twice been nominated for Juno Awards, topped Beatport’s global EDM charts, and he has scored films recognized by the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine, and which screened at the United Nations General Assembly.  He was awarded a Governor General’s academic medal in 2006, primarily in recognition of his research on audio recording; and his second book, Understanding Records (2010), was recently acquired by the Reading Room of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He has other books published, and forthcoming, from Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Focal Press and Routledge.


Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Russ Hepworth-Sawyer is a sound engineer and producer with over two decades’ experience of all things audio and is a member of the Association of Professional Recording Services and a long standing member and former board member of the Music Producer’s Guild where he helped form their Mastering Group.

Through MOTTOsound (www.mottosound.co.uk), Russ works freelance in the industry as a mastering engineer, writer and consultant. Clients include Warner Brothers, Universal, as well as countless artists.

Russ currently lectures part-time for York St John University and has taught extensively in Higher Education at institutions including Leeds College of Music, London College of Music and Rose Bruford College. He currently writes for Music Tech Magazine, has contributed to Pro Sound News Europe and Sound On Sound, and has written many titles for Focal Press.

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Dr. Mark Marrington

Mark Marrington is currently a Senior Lecturer in Music Production at York St John University. He trained in composition and musicology at the University of Leeds (M.Mus., Ph.D.) and then taught at Leeds College of Music between 1998-2011 at undergraduate and Masters degree levels, on a variety of music-related modules across the Classical, Jazz, Popular Music and Music Production degrees offered by the college. More recently he was the Programme Manager for the BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics at the University of Leeds, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (2011-15). He has also worked as an external examiner, previously for the University of Brighton (City College) and currently for the Universities of Hertfordshire and Chester.

Mark has had articles and chapters published by Cambridge University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Routledge, Future Technology Press, British Music, Soundboard, Classical Guitar, the Musical Times and the Journal on the Art of Record Production. His research is currently focused on the following areas: digital technologies in music creation and production – principally Digital Audio Workstations – and their role in shaping contemporary popular music in genres ranging from EDM to metal; theories underlying music production practice; songwriting pedagogy and its relationship to practice; ideologies in music pedagogy with particular reference to music technology; the contemporary classical guitar, its history and repertoire; British classical music in the 20th century.

During the 1990s and early 2000s Mark was also involved in writing and publishing pedagogical material for the guitar. He co-authored Guitar from Scratch with Christopher Norton (Boosey and Hawkes, 1999) and also performed and arranged the music for the accompanying CD. In 2004 he acted as a consultant for Usborne on a new series of books, Guitar Tunes for Children, and in the same year Mel Bay published his book of classical guitar arrangements, Nineteen Gilbert and Sullivan Favorites.

Mark is also an electronic musician who combines found sound approaches with a pop sensibility. A recent high profile success in March 2012 was the track ‘Cars’, a dance track built entirely from car sounds and everyday traffic noises, which had a viral internet presence and was reported by BBC America and the Daily Mirror (amongst numerous press items) and broadcast by BBC 6 and BBC Radio Leeds. See here for further details: http://madeinmidi.com/portfolio/cars-the-single-made-from-car-sounds/