Dr Pat O Grady

PhD, MRecordArts, BMus, AdvDipMus
Lecturer in Music Technology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Published Research

O’Grady P (2023) ‘Everyday Fidelity’ : Analyzing Sound Quality in Ubiquitous Listening Practices. Popular Music and Society, 46:1, 21-34 https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2022.2129257

O'Grady P (2023) ‘An essential tool for creativity’: technologies, spaces and discourse within pop music production. Media International Australia. 186:1DOI: 10.1177/1329878X211040127

O’Grady P (2022) The Limits of Literary: Rethinking the Status of Literary Allusions in Pop Music. In: Hibbett R (eds).  The Limits of Literary: Rethinking Allusions in Pop Music. New York Bloomsbury

O’Grady P (2021) ‘Under the Cover of Darkness’: Situating ‘Covers Gigs’ within Live Music Ecologies. In: Anderton C & Psifil S (eds) Researching Live Music: Gigs, Tours, Concerts and Festivals. London: Focal Press 44-55

O'Grady P (2021) Sound City and music from the outskirts: the de-democratization of pop music production. Creative Industries Journal. 14(3) pp. 211-225  DOI: 10.1080/17510694.2020.1839281

O'Grady P (2021) Rethinking criticism about lossy compression: Sound fidelity, large-scale production and audio capital in pop music. Convergence. 27 (4), pp. 1075-1091 DOI:10.1177/1354856520976454

O’Grady P (2020) Making mirrors, making albums and making documentaries: the music of Gotye and negotiating Bourdieu’s field of cultural production. Popular Music. 39 (3-4) pp. 669-684

O’Grady P (2019) The Master of Mystery: Technology, Legitimacy and Status in Audio Mastering. Journal of Popular Music Studies. 31(2). pp. 141-164  DOI: 10.1525/jpms.2019.312012

O’Grady P (2019) The Analogue Divide: Interpreting Attitudes Towards Recording Media in Music Production. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 446-459 DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2019.1626348

O’Grady P (2019) The Politics of Digitizing Analogue Recording Technologies. In: Hepworth-Sawyer R and Hodgson J (eds) Producing Music. London: Routledge.

O’Grady P (2018) Latent Elements in Music Production. Popular Music and Society. 41(5) DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2017.1366818.

O’Grady P (2017) Another Day to Swing on Clothes Lines: The Bee Gees and Australia. Perfect Beat. 18(1) pp. 27-47.

O'Grady P and Collins S (2016) Off the Charts: The implications of incorporating streaming data into the charts In: Nowak R & Whelan A (eds) Networked Music Cultures: Contemporary Approaches, Emerging Issues. London: Palgrave, pp. 151-170.

O’Grady P (2014) Studio Hubs: Changing Recording Environments. In: O’Regan J and Wren Toby (eds) Communities, Places, Ecologies: International Association for the Study of Popular Music 2013 Australia and New Zealand Chapter Conference Proceedings.

O'Grady P (2013) Disrupted Flow in the Studio. In: Wilson O and Attfield S (eds) Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow: A Collection of Papers from the 2012 IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand: International Association for the Study of Popular Music. 127-135.

O’Grady P (2013) Review: The Art of Record Production: An Introductory Reader for a New Academic Field. Dancecult 5:1


Conference Presentations

2021 ‘iCapital’: the role of popular music in Apple’s keynote presentations in the 2000s. Musical Scales. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (ANZ) Conference, Sydney Australia.

2021 Sound Fidelity, Mobility and Wireless Speakers Sound and music technologies: Mobilities, listening, space and the body Thursday March 18, 2021;  Macquarie University

2019 ‘Nights on [insert place]:’ Relocated and Dislocated Place within the Bee Gees’ Music’.  XX Biennial International Conference of IASPM, School of Music, Australian National University. 24-28 June 1019

2017 ‘The Art of Creativity.’ Cultures of Capitalism. Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference, 6-8 December 2017. Wellington NZ. 

2017 ‘The Mystery of Mastering.’ Mixing Pop and Politics: Subversion, Resistance and Reconciliation in Popular Music. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (ANZ) Conference, Wellington NZ.

 2017 ‘The Politics of Digitising Analogue.’ Popular Music Studies Today. International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference, Kassel, Germany.

 2015 “‘Another Day To Swing on Clothes Lines” Constructing a connection to Australia in the case of the Bee Gees.’ Popular Music, Stars and Stardom International Association for the Study of Popular Music (ANZ) Conference, Canberra.

 2014 ‘Brian Eno and the Recording Studio.’ Into The Mix People, Places, Processes. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (ANZ) Conference. 5-7 December, Dunedin.

 2014 ‘Recording Technologies and Studios in Singer-Songwriter Creative Practice.’  The Charisma of Dissonance. Musicological Society of Australia Conference 29 Nov - 2 Dec, Melbourne.

2013 ‘Studio Hubs: Changing Recording Environments.’ Communities Places and Ecologies. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (ANZ) Conference, Brisbane.

2013 ‘Brian Wilson and the Recording Studio.’ Metamorphosis and Music. Musicological Society of Australia Conference 18 - 22 November, Brisbane,

 2013 ‘Passive Studio-based Songwriting: Considering Reverb and Documentation Recording in Songwriting Practice.’ Rewriting The Rules Of Production. The 8th Art of Record Production Conference, July 12th - 14th 2013, Québec.

2012 ‘Disrupted Flow in the Studio.’ Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (ANZ) Conference, Hobart.






Pat O’Grady is a popular music researcher, educator and practitioner, specialising in music production. He is a Lecturer in Music Technology at The Australian National University. 

In 2016, Pat was awarded a PhD for his thesis on popular music recording and songwriting practice. He has since published articles in Popular Music and Society, Popular Music, Journal of Popular Music StudiesCreative Industries Journal, Convergence, Continuum, and Perfect Beat. 

Pat has two decades of professional experience in producing and performing popular music. 

He is the current treasurer of the Australian/New Zealand branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.


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