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date: 30 March 2020

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This chapter presents a portrait of DIY (do-it-yourself) recreational recording as it exists currently, using the personal example of a band’s music making processes. It also examines the evolution of DIY recording from its genesis to its current iteration (e.g., digital audio workstation) to illustrate how present practices have been informed and influenced by past practices. While DIY recording may not always be recreational by nature, the chapter focuses specifically on DIY recording as a leisurely pursuit. The ethos of DIY, self-sufficiency, is summarized by the idea that music making is all about producing your own music using whatever resources are available to you. Interspersing autoethnographic excerpts with an analysis of select primary and secondary historical documents on recording (home studio, project studio, tape recording, audio engineering), this chapter charts the development of DIY recreational recording as a process-based music making practice tethered to the tenets of ease of access and ease of use.

Keywords: DIY, do-it-yourself, home recording, home studio, project studio, audio engineering, tape recording, digital audio workstation, self-sufficiency, ease of access

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