From Attali's cold social silence to Baudrillard's hallucinatory reality, reproduced music has long been the target of critical attack. In Bytes and Backbeats , however, Steve Savage deploys an invative combination of designed recording projects, ethgraphic studies of contemporary music practice, and critical analysis to challenge many of these traditional attitudes about the creation and reception of music. Savage adopts the tion of repurposing as central to understanding how every aspect of musical activity, from creation to reception, has been transformed, arguing that the tension within production between a naturalising art and a self-conscious artifice reflects and feeds into our evolving tions of creativity, authenticity, and community. At the core of the book are three original audio projects, drawing from rock & roll, jazz, and traditional African music, through which Savage is able to target areas of contemporary practice that are particularly significant in the cultural evolution of the musical experience. Each audio project includes a studio study providing context for the social and cultural analysis that follows. This work stems from Savage's experience as a professional recording engineer and record producer.
Steve Savage teaches musicology in the humanities department at San Francisco State University, USA and is an active record producer and recording engineer. He has been the primary engineer on seven records that received Grammy nominations.