DIVINE AFFLICTION: THE INTERSECTION OF GENDER AND MUSIC PRODUCTION

BY LOUISE M THOMPSON (ORTHETNIX)

This dissertation is presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of  Creative Industries (MCI), 2020. 

THIS PROJECT IS A SNAPSHOT OF A LARGER PROJECT. FOR THE MASTERS DEGREE THE DOCUMENTATION FOR SUBMISSION CONSISTS OF AN ACADEMIC TEXT IN THE FORM OF AN EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT AND A SUITE OF CREATIVE WORKS.  THE SUITE OF CREATIVE WORKS INCLUDE A MUSICAL ALBUM - DIVINE AFFLICTION, A SHORT FILM - DIVINE AFFLICTION: THE FILM, AND A BLOGUMENTARY - DIVINE AFFLICTION: PERCEPTION THROUGH A FEMININE LENS.

 

THIS MATERIAL ELUCIDATES THE INTERSECTION OF GENDER AND MUSIC PRODUCTION, DEFINING A FEMALE PRODUCER AND HER PRACTICE. 

TRAJECTORY OF ENGAGEMENT

The exegetical document is a stage for the listener to consider the musical and creative works created against a milieu of socio/political issues, biography, and gender, to understand where the music comes from and what inspired its creation.

THE ABOVE BUTTON LEADS TO A LINK OF A DOWNLOADABLE PDF VERSION OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT. YOU MAY CHOOSE TO PRINT THIS PDF FOR EASE OF READING WHEN ENGAGING WITH THE FOLLOWING MEDIA TEXTS.  

The following is a brief film as an introduction to the project and myself. 

PRESS PLAY ON THE FILM BEFORE YOU ENGAGE WITH THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT. THEN FOLLOW WITH READING THE EXEGESIS FROM THE BEGINING OF THE DOCUMENT THROUGH TO PART I (PAGES i - xi). 

PART I: THE BIRTH OF DIVINE AFFLICTION

OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY

Part I: The Overview of the Study contains a Prelude to the Study, along with the Introduction and Methodology chapters. The following media text Project Overview is a brief sublimation for Part I of the exegetical document.  

PRESS PLAY ON THE VIDEO WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH PART I  OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT - OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY (PAGES 12 - 42). 

PART II: THE MAIDEN OF DIVINE AFFLICTION

THEORETICAL PARADIGMS AND DISCIPLINARY LANDSCAPES OF THE STUDY

Part II: The Theoretical Paradigms and Disciplinary Landscapes of the Study contains academic research in the form of an extensive review of scholarly literature. Part II of this muilti-modal webpage does not have associated creative works/media texts for engagement. 

Part III: The Research Study contains academic research from observation of my gendered practice of music production derived from art-as-research and autoethnographic reflections along with ethnographic fieldwork from interviews with nine other female producers. Part III of this multi-modal webpage contains the suite of original creative works for submission in relation to the academic research from observation of my gendered practice of music production. The suite of original creative works includes; a musical album - Divine Affliction; a short film - Divine Affliction: The Film; and a blogumentary - Divine Affliction: Perception Through a feminine Lens. The associated section of the exegetical document in relation to the original creative works is contained in Part III: Chapter 5 of the exegetical document.

YOU WILL BE DIRECTED AS FOLLOWS TO ENGAGE WITH ORIGINAL CREATIVE WORKS FOR SUBMISSION PURPOSES IN RELATION TO PAGES OF PART III: THE RESEARCH STUDY - CHAPTER 5 OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT. 

 

PLEASE FOLLOW WITH READING PART III  OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT - INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY (PAGES 107 - 110).

THE ALBUM - DIVINE AFFLICTION

Producing the album - Divine Affliction provided a space for research into my practice of music production. The following creative works are the songs in playing order of the album in association with Chapter 5 of the exegetical document. This album is for submission purposes.

 PLEASE BEGIN WITH READING THE START OF CHAPTER 5

OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES 111-113).  

'DIVINE AFFLICTION'

PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON 'DIVINE AFFLICTION' IN CHAPTER 5 OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT  (PAGES 113 - 116)  WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH THIS CREATIVE WORK.

'HEARTCORE'

PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON 'HEARTCORE' IN CHAPTER 5 OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES 116 - 119)  WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH THIS CREATIVE WORK.

'VIRGIN OR WHORE'

PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON 'VIRGIN OR WHORE' IN CHAPTER 5 OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES 119 - 127) WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH THIS CREATIVE WORK.

'MUILER TACEAT IN ECCLESIA'

PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON 'MUILER TACEAT IN ECCLESIA' IN CHAPTER 5 OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES  127 - 136) WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH THIS CREATIVE WORK.

'THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ECRITURE OF MOTHERHOOD'

PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON 'THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ECRITURE OF MOTHERHOOD' IN CHAPTER 5 OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES 136 - 140) WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH  THIS CREATIVE WORK.

'L'ECRITURE FEMININE'

PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON 'LECRITURE FEMININE' IN CHAPTER 5 OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES 140 - 149) WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH THIS CREATIVE WORK.

'THE RISE'

PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON 'THE RISE' IN CHAPTER 5  OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES 149 - 156) WHILE YOU ENGAGE WITH THIS CREATIVE WORK.

THE ALBUM - DIVINE AFFLICTION VOL 2 (INST)

Divine-Affliction-Front-Cover_Web-versio

INSTRUMENTAL

THIS BUTTON LEADS TO A YOUTUBE PLAYLIST OF DIVINE AFFLICTION  VOLUME 2  WHICH HOSTS INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS OF THE SONGS: IF YOU DESIRE TO HEAR THE MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS WITHOUT THE LYRICS.

THE BLOGUMENTARY - DIVINE AFFLICTION: PERCEPTION THROUGH A FEMININE LENS 

The Blogumentary - Divine Affliction: Perception Through a Feminine Lens is a creative pedagogical text that serves two purposes, it is both informative and reflective. The Blogumentary is a source of education from the female perspective that provides; access to music production for females narrating my music-making process; with conceptual explanations of the music production of each song; information on the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethos used for the production of the album; resources on the logistics of independently distributing music to the industry; a discussion demystifying the mastering process; scholarly research with theoretical discussions on the feminine aesthetics of music production and the gendered dominance within the culture; and as a medium for reflection on my creative practice of music production. These reflections formed the analysis presented in Chapter 5 of the exegetical document. This associated media text is a trailer for the Blogumentary. The button links to the Blogumentary website for submission purposes.

THE ABOVE BUTTONS LEAD TO THE MEDIUM BLOG WEBSITE OF THE DIVINE AFFLICTION BLOGUMENTARY FOR SUBMISSION PURPOSES.

THE FILM - DIVINE AFFLICTION

Divine Affliction: The Film is a short first-person film as an accompaniment to the album. The short film situates the research problem; articulates the concepts of the divine and afflicting intersections of gender and music production, and serves as contextualisation of the project by illustrating my experiences and approach as a female producer. The film is a female lens into music production, sonically and visually illustrating the feminine aesthetics of music production. It contains theoretical deliberations on the intersectionality of gender in music production, providing insights into the song concepts and myself, a female producer. The film was created to address the gender inequalities within the field of music production. By providing a representation of a female producer and her story aids in changing gendered perspectives and inspires more women into the field.

PRESS PLAY ON THE ABOVE CREATIVE WORK  - DIVINE AFFLICTION: THE FILM FOR SUBMISSION PURPOSES.

Part III of the exegesis continues with Chapter 6 of the exegetical document which contains the analysis from ethnographic interviews with nine female producers from North America, Netherlands, Mexico, and Australia. This analysis does not have associated creative works/media texts for engagement. 

PLEASE FOLLOW WITH READING CHAPTERS 6 OF

PART III IN THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES  157-183).

PART IV: THE CRONE OF DIVINE AFFLICTION

CONCLUSION OF THE STUDY

 Part IV: Conclusion of the Study contains the purely textual conclusion chapter, Final Reflection chapter, and Postlude to the StudyPart IV of this multi-modal webpage does not have associated creative works/media texts for engagement. 

PLEASE FOLLOW WITH READING PART IV OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES  184 - 202).

DIVINE AFFLICTION:

THE INTERSECTION OF GENDER AND MUSIC PRODUCTION

PART III: THE MOTHER OF DIVINE AFFLICTION

THE RESEARCH STUDY

EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT

THROUGHOUT  THIS MULTI-MODAL WEBPAGE YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO ENGAGE WITH CERTAIN CREATIVE WORKS/MEDIA TEXTS IN RELATION TO PARTS OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT.  PLEASE FOLLOW THE TEXT BOXES FOR DIRECTION. 

PLEASE FOLLOW WITH READING PART II OF THE EXEGETICAL DOCUMENT (PAGES  43 - 106).

WELCOME

THANK YOU

Thank you for taking the time to engage with this project - Divine Affliction: The

Intersection of Gender and

Music Production.