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Integrated | PhD candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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Hedisson Mota is a lecturer at the Lusofona University of Humanities and Technology (Lisbon) in the field of music and audio production. He is a member of the Institute of Ethnomusicology (INET-md Univ. de Aveiro) and of CIC Digital/ CICANT (ULHT) since 2011. He holds a degree in Musicology (Nova University of Lisbon) and a Masters degree in Multimedia Communication (Open University - Lisbon). Hedisson Mota is currently completing his PhD in Ethnomusicology with the project “Mixing as an Artistic Process: creative approaches in Portuguese urban popular music”, under the supervision of Professor Maria do Rosário Pestana (Univ. Aveiro). He is an official trainer of AVID Technology (ACI-Pro tools), having been trained at Avid Europe (EMEA) at the Pinewood Studios (London) and Napier University (Edinburgh). As a professional musician, he worked with Armindo Neves, Paulo de Carvalho, Carlos do Carmo, Rita Guerra and Carlos Barreto. He records Balla, Sam and Olavo Bilac (Santos e Pecadores), António Mardel (with Rui Veloso) and Pluma. He is also a composer and sound artist for television content for RTP, TVI, Sic Notícias, TVCine, MOV HD and other contents for ZON/NOS.


Doctoral Project
Mixing as an Artistic Process: creative approaches in Portuguese urban popular music
HedissonMota projeto
In the context of record production, music mixing is widely regarded as a specialised technical stage. But due to its dependence on musical outcome, creativity must play a decisive role in the affirmation of its artistic nature. In the context of Portuguese urban popular music, this research study focuses on the expertise of two highly regarded mixing engineers, António Pinheiro da Silva and Fernando Abrantes, in order to understand how their musical references and creative decision making determine the successful artistic outcome of a record. By observing and analysing studio mixing sessions out of two Portuguese record projects, this study presses emphasis on the engineer’s creative mixing practices, how they use their various audio editing and processing tools as contributing instruments for musical expression and their creative decision making strategies (aesthetic elements/ parameters of music expression) during the process. This research study does not intend to ignore the technical aspects of mixing practices, but will essentially focus its attention on observed artistic approaches and its musical outcome.
Keywords: popular music, mixing, artistic, creativity