Behind the Console: From Prince to PhD

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Today we meet Susan Rogers, who engineered for Prince for four years, working on albums like Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times.


 
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Sound & Vision's mini-series, Behind the Console, highlights the stories of women and nonbinary audio engineers who are navigating what is still a very male-dominated field.

Today we meet Susan Rogers, who engineered for Prince for four years, working on albums like Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times. She also has credits with David Byrne, Tricky, and the Barenaked Ladies. She talks about what it was like keeping up with Prince's tireless creativity, and how it could be both exhausting and exhilarating. She also discusses eventually leaving engineering in her 40s to get her PhD in Music Cognition and Psychoacoustics, and how that has influenced her work in unexpected ways.

 

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