Susan Rogers will describe 40 years in the music business as a recording engineer, record producer, and music cognition PhD.
In conversation, we will examine the correlation between personality traits and preferences to look at those factors that influence popular music and our personal music libraries. How does music which is cutting edge and difficult one day become mainstream the next?
We will also discuss the challenges of posthumously preserving and archiving the works of major artists, many of whom leave no instructions for how they would like to be remembered.
Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from McGill University (2010). Prior to her science career, Susan was a multiplatinum-earning record producer, engineer, mixer and audio technician. She is best known for her work with Prince (1983-1987) but production/engineering credits also include David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Geggy Tah, Nil Lara, Robben Ford, Tricky, Michael Penn, and Jeff Black. She is currently a Professor in the departments of Music Production & Engineering and Liberal Arts at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she teaches music cognition, psychoacoustics, record production and analog recording techniques. Susan is the director of the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory for investigating the influence of musical training on the auditory pathway.