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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


As India’s popular music, Bollywood has been used to discuss cultural representation and diffusion of ideas throughout India and the world. Musical, video, and pop culture analysis have widely been conducted but far less research has been done on the recording methods applied. Studio “magic” has been credited for the correction and production of modern music but editing decisions and mixing techniques are consciously chosen by an engineer and thus can be studied as an artistic endeavor. How are recording and mixing methods influenced and reflective of the cultural audience? While many techniques of music production originated in the West, the choice to apply a studio technique and the resulting sonic aesthetic is a decision made by an engineer, working with their own stylistic and cultural beliefs. This annotated bibliography analyzes literature regarding early Bollywood culture, the introduction of recording technology in India, and Bollywood songs and movies.

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