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Dr. Dr. phil. Jan-Peter Herbst is Reader in Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom. His research interests include popular music, particularly rock and metal, record production, the music industries, and the electric guitar.

(profile on university website)  


Jan’s current major, book-length projects:

Heaviness in Metal Music Production (HiMMP), a 3-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (with Dr Mark Mynett) (project website)

Extreme Metal Vocals (EMV), a 2-year project funded by the European Union (with Dr Eric Smialek) (project website)

Songwriting Camps in the 21st Century (SC21), a 3-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the German Research Foundation (with Prof Michael Ahlers & Dr Simon Barber) (project website)

Jan’s latest book publications:

The Cambridge Companion to the Electric Guitar (with Prof Steve Waksman) (website)

Rock Guitar Virtuosos: Advances in Electric Guitar Playing, Technology and Culture (with Alexander Vallejo) (website)

The Cambridge Companion to Metal Music (website)

Rammstein's "Germany": Pop - Politics - Provocations (with Dr Kerstin Wilhelms et al.) (website)

Gear Acquisition Syndrome: Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music (with Dr Jonas Menze) (website) (open access)

Jan’s forthcoming book publications:

Heaviness in Metal Music Production: How and Why It Works (with Dr Mark Mynett)

Popular Music Songwriting as Cultural, Creative, and Economic Practice (with Prof Michael Ahlers & Dr Knut Holtsträter)