Our fifth episode of Reversal of the Muse is Laura’s conversation with Olga FitzRoy, who was recently crowned Recording Engineer of the Year 2016 at the MPG awards. Following her Music and Sound Recording degree, Olga trained as an engineer and mixer in the renowned AIR Studios in London, where she’s worked on chart-topping records for Coldplay, The Foo Fighters and Muse. She also assisted Sir George Martin on the last ever Beatles recording for the 2006 album, Love, as well as working with top film composers such as Hans Zimmer.
Laura and Olga are both well accustomed to the long working hours of the studio. Together they discuss whether women are able to meet the demands of working in a studio and still have children, or if the two are mutually exclusive which has consequently lead to the male dominated environment. Laura also notes that women scientifically hear differently to men, which sparks the question: Have we been creating records for the male ear, as most of our studio mixers are male? Olga and Laura consider if we’re missing a feminine part to everything behind music and the way it’s created.
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