Amandine Pras

Department of Music, University of Lethbridge

Amandine Pras is Assistant Professor of Digital Audio Arts at the University of Lethbridge and Associate Researcher of the Centre Georg Simmel at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. Her research aims to enhance diversity and inclusion in audio through international multidisciplinary partnerships and cross-cultural pedagogy. She is PI of a SSHRC-PDG (2020-2023) with Adam Patrick Bell (University of Calgary), Emmanuelle Olivier (EHESS), and James Clemens-Seely (Banff Centre) titled, the West African Audio Network, and of a SSHRC PEG (2019-2020) with Athena Elafros (University of Lethbridge) about Sound engineers’ and producers’ experiences of microaggressions in the commercial recording studio. In 2018, Amandine released A Home Away From Home, a 50-min video documentary based on improvised meetings between outstanding musicians from New York and from Kolkata that she carried out in West Bengal at the end of her postdoctoral residency at the New School for Social Research in New York. She completed her PhD thesis in Information Sciences at McGill (2012) about best practices for musical recording in the digital era. Since her graduation from the Advanced music production program (FSMS) at the Paris Conservatoire (2006) and her participation in the Audio Recording Engineer Practicum at the Banff Centre (2007-2008), Amandine has pursued a career as a freelance music producer and audio engineer. She has worked with musicians as diverse as the ARC Ensemble, Jim Black, Quatuor Bozzini, Luciane Cardassi, Daniel Carter, Nels Cline, Benoit Delbecq, Subhajyoti Guha, Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, the Metropolis Ensemble, Andy Milne and William Parker.