Dr Jan-Peter Herbst


Jan Herbst (b. 1984) is a popular music scholar, musicologist, music producer and guitar player. Currently, he serves as Reader in Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, where he is also Director of the Centre for Music, Culture and Identity (CMCI) as well as Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Music and Music Technology.

Practical aspects of music production and technology are of great interest to him, apart from the fact that he is deeply engaged in research. His publications include more than 40 books, articles, chapters, encyclopaedia articles and reviews, while his research papers are presented internationally on a regular basis in the areas of popular music studies, psychology of music, the art of record production, music technology and music education. Jan is a member of several international editorial boards for journals and book series and is editor of the Companion series of Cambridge University Press. Other permanent services to academia include peer reviews for several international journals focusing on popular music, metal music, record production and musicology, and reviews for Routledge’s Perspectives on Music Production book series. Last but not least, he is Treasurer on the executive committee of IASPM UK & I.

Jan’s current major, book-length projects include:

  • Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music (with Dr Jonas Menze) ⇒ Publisher
  • Heaviness in Metal Music Production, a 3-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (with Dr Mark Mynett) ⇒ project website
  • Guitar Virtuosos and Heroes. Advances in Electric Guitar Music (with Alexander Vallejo)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Metal Music

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