Research at Leeds Beckett
About Ken Scott
One of the prominent recording engineers and producers of the 20th century Ken Scott has garnered Gold, Platinum, and Diamond sales awards, Grammy nominations and a Clio (for the classic Coke ad "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing").
Ken Scott started his career at the age of 16 in the tape library of EMI Recording Studios, now Abbey Road Studios. He quickly moved through the positions of assistant engineer and mastering engineer after which his next promotion led to his becoming one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, as well as engineering Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Duran Duran, the Jeff Beck Group and many more. As a producer, Scott is noted for his work with David Bowie (on Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pinups), Supertramp (Crime of the Century and Crisis? What Crisis?), Devo, Kansas, the Tubes and Level 42, among others.
Scott's more recent works have included co-writing his autobiography “Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust”, creating 2 drum software packages, EpiK DrumS & EpiK DrumS EDU and lecturing at schools throughout the world.
In recognition of his work he has received a Clio award, 5 Grammy nominations and the prestigious APRS fellowship award.
Born and raised in South East London, Scott resided in Los Angeles from 1976 to 2013 then relocated to Nashville for 2 years and now lives in Yorkshire.
Visiting Professor in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts
Moving from the industry into academia opens up a number of possibilities for research. Certainly at first sight, it appears that there are two worlds – the world of the industry and the world of theory. Finding a way to bring these together through reflecting on my practice and academic thought is an important strand of research that Leeds Beckett has already engaged in and I look forward to contributing further to this discussion. Another research area is considering the role of the engineer not only in capturing the character of the performer on record but to communicate this to the audience. I look forward to working through my past work and building a better understanding of this process as part of my research within the school.
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