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Richard Lightman

Admissions Officer, Lecturer in Popular Music


Richard is a Lecturer, Composer, Producer and Sound Design Practitioner.

Hailing originally from Montreal, Canada, Richard has produced over 35 albums covering a wide spectrum of music including Heavy Metal, Reggae, Blues, Bollywood, Bhangra, Rock and Roll, New Age, Jazz, Pop and Garage and has been a recording studio owner.

As a musician, he’s played on over 170 recordings and performed in 28 countries on 5 continents.

He has composed for a myriad of artists, films and television series including, America’s Most Wanted, The Big Miracle, Tear Me Apart, news and current affairs programs, TV and radio commercials, and provided interactive audio based media for the Inflight Entertainment industry. He has also contributed to the creation of special sound effects for a number of Hollywood films.

Richard lectures in Postproduction and Composition for Moving Image, Popular Music Studies, Audio Technology, Songwriting and Music Business Studies at the University of Kent. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Music Producers Guild and is a member of the Copyright Committee of UK Music, the umbrella organisation of the Music Industries.

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Mediating Culture in Music Production is a practice based PhD research project that examines the evolution of the South Asian diaspora-based Bhangra music brought to the UK and its ultimate hybridity and appropriation by diverse cultures seeking new identities. The focus of the research is based on Lightman’s experience as a Bhangra record producer in the early 1990s; his encounter with the negotiation and translation of musical form and cultural expectations, and the mediation between South Asian and Western sensibilities.

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