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The Culture of Vocal Processing in Contemporary UK Popular Music

05 October 2019

This research seeks to learn how voices and vocal styles are changing in the 21st century alongside new developments in digital technology. The study will attempt to build up an accurate picture of how different vocal processing plugins are being used in the UK pop music industry today, and how this relates to the history of vocal production and vocal style. The broader aim is to understand how new digital technologies are transforming our culture.


  • Music Producer, Engineer, Songwriter, or Vocalist
  • Working in Contemporary Popular Music
  • Based in the UK
  • Aged 18+

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Ethical approval

This study received ethical approval from Oxford's Central University Research Ethics Committee, approval reference R65695/RE001

About the researcher

Anna Thomas is a PhD researcher at the University of Oxford, specialising in the history and culture of music technology, music anthropology, and analysis of popular music

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