PUBLICATIONs

Selected book chapters, academic articles, conference papers, music journalism, blogging, and media interviews.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS, JOURNALS & MAGAZINE ARTICLES

“Determining the Composition”
The Oxford Handbook of Music Law and Policy. Oxford University Press, 2021 (forthcoming).

What Makes Trap … Trap?
TIDAL magazine. June 8, 2020.
Link

Anatomy of the Hit: Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”
TIDAL magazine. June 10, 2019.
Link | Part of a series

Foreword
The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices.
Bloomsbury, 2019.
Link | Full text

Songwriting, Digital Audio Workstations, and the Internet
Book chapter. In The Oxford Handbook of the Creative Process in Music.
Oxford University Press, 2018.
Link
| E-book version | Pre-publication PDF

Towards a Framework for Creativity in Popular Music Degrees
Book chapter. In The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Education.
Routledge, 2018.
PDF

Creativities in Popular Songwriting Curricula
Book chapter. In Activating Diverse Musical Creativities: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Bloomsbury, 2015.
Link

Constraint, Creativity, Copyright and Collaboration in Popular Songwriting Teams
PhD thesis, University of Surrey, 2014.

REF 2014 Impact Case Study – the international impact of Joe Bennett’s research
Research Excellence Framework/Bath Spa University, 2014.
Evaluated as demonstrating ‘quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.’
Link

Conference review: popMAC 2013.
Popular Music
(academic journal), 33, pp. 341-342.
Link

Constraint, Collaboration and Creativity in Popular Songwriting Teams
Book chapter. In The Act of Musical Composition: Studies in the Creative Process.
Ashgate, 2012.
Link

You Won’t See Me: In Search of an Epistemology of Collaborative Songwriting
Journal on the Art of Record Production. 2013.
Link

Collaborative Songwriting – the Ontology of Negotiated Creativity in Popular Music Studio Practice
Journal on the Art of Record Production. 2010. 
PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish)

You Can’t Teach Songwriting!
Total Guitar (magazine), September 2012.
Link

Come To Steal Your Song Away? Plagiarism in Popular Songwriting
Total Guitar (magazine), July 2012.
Link

The Song Remains The Same – Why? Darwinism in Song Evolution
Total Guitar (magazine), June 2012.
Link

Over 300 articles (reviews, interviews, teaching, analysis)
for Future Music (magazine), Total Guitar (magazine), Classic CD (magazine), Music Tech (magazine) and others. 1994–

CONFERENCE PAPERS

How Someone Controlled You: The Digital Audio Workstation and the Internet as Influences upon Songwriting Creativity
The 12th Art of Record Production conference.
Kungl Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music), Stockholm, Sweden. December 2017.

Close to the Edge: Investigating the Myth of the ‘Plagiarism Threshold’ in Musical Creativity
International Association fo the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Conference.
University of Kassel, Germany. June 2017.
Abstract and slides

‘Waging Wars to Shape the Poet and the Beat’: Songwriting, The Digital Audio Workstation and the Internet
Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association (MMEA) conference.
Boston. March 2017.

I Hate These Blurred Lines: The Intrinsic Test in Music Copyright Disputes
With Professor Wendy Gordon (Boston University School of Law).
The 11th Art of Record Production Conference.
Aalborg University, Denmark. 2016.
Abstract

The Death of the Songwriter: Attribution of Creative Ownership in Popular Music Production
The 9th Art of Record Production conference: Record Production in the Internet Age. 
University of Oslo, Norway. December 2014.
Slides

Where is Creativity? Locating Intellectual Property in Collaborative Songwriting and Production Processes
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) UK & Ireland Biennial Conference.
University College Cork, Ireland. September 2014.

Who Writes the Songs? Creative Practice and Intellectual Property in Popular Music’s Digital Production Chain
Creativity, Circulation, and Copyright: Sonic and Visual Media in the Digital Age. 
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH). Cambridge University, UK. March 2014.
Abstract

Forensic Musicology: Approaches and Challenges
The Timeline Never Changes: Audio Engineers Aiding Forensic Investigators in Cases of Suspected Music Piracy. International Audio Engineering Society Convention.
New York, USA. October 2013.
Link

Two Worlds Collide: Originality and Plagiarism in Songwriting
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Conference.
Gijón, Spain. July 2013.
Abstract

You Won’t See Me: In Search of an Epistemology of Collaborative Songwriting
The 8th Art of Record Production Conference.
Université Laval, Québec, Canada. June 2013.
Abstract | Full Text

Applying Melodic Analysis to Infer the Extent of Plagiarism in Popular Song Authorship Disputes
PopMAC Popular Music Analysis Conference.
University of Liverpool, UK. 2013.
Abstract

The Ontology of Collaborative Songwriting in Popular Music Studio Practice
The 5th International Art of Record Production Conference.
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. 2010.
Abstract 

Bassoonists Don’t Play the Blues: Pedagogical Alternatives to Clef-Based Systems
Music Skills Symposium.
Newcastle University, UK. 2009.

Songwriting in Higher Education: a National Teaching Fellowship Project
Higher Education Academy Annual Conference.
University of Nottingham, UK. July 2006.

iTunes and OSX Widgets in the Teaching of Songwriting
Podagogy PALATINE Conference.
University of Wolverhampton, UK. June 2006.

Teaching and Learning Songwriting in UK Higher Education
Orsa Music Fair.
Orsa, Sweden. October 2005.

Evidence of Student Learning in Vocational Assessment Environments
Carnegie Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Atlanta, USA. 2005.

The Ergonomics of Guitar-Based Songwriting
Leeds Guitar Conference.
Leeds, UK. November 2004.

Teaching and Assessing Songwriting in Higher Education
(Presenter and Chair.)
PALATINE Higher Education Academy Conference.
Bath Spa University, UK. 2004.

PANELIST/GUEST SPEAKER

Forensic Musicology: an Overview
Invited lecture on methodological lessons from music copyright case law.
Boston University Law School. November 2017.

Revisiting Three Boys Music v. Michael Bolton
Invited participant in mock retrial of Three Boys Music v. Michael Bolton 212 F.3d 477 (9th Cir.2000).
Boston University Law School. November 2015.

Originality, Creativity, and Copyright in Popular Music
Invited speaker.
Universidad De Las Americas, Quito, Ecuador. April 2014.

Creativity in Songwriting
Invited speaker.
Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. March 2014.

Songwriting, Creativity, and Ownership
Invited speaker.
Newcastle University. November 2013.

Creativity and Copyright in Songwriting: Defining the Originality Threshold
Invited speaker.
Kingston University, London. November 2013.

Forensic Musicology: Approaches and Challenges
Panelist for roundtable discussion: “The Timeline Never Lies: Audio Engineers Aiding Forensic Investigators in Cases of Suspected Music Piracy.”
Audio Engineering Society International Convention. New York. October 2013.
Link

Plagiarism and Soundalikes
Panelist. With Neil Innes, Philip Pope, and Alan Parker.
Performing Right Society/The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. March 2011.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

Songwriting duo lifted by You Raise Me Up ruling
Interviewer: Pavel Barter.
The Times (UK). April 12, 2020.
Link | PDF

A hit, a writ: why music is the food of plagiarism lawsuits
Interviewer: Michael Hann.
The Guardian (UK). March 26, 2020.
Link

Don’t play it again Sam, studios told amid plagiarism fears
Interviewer: Will Pavia.
The Times (UK). April 6, 2019.
Link

‘Blurred Lines’ on Their Minds, Songwriters Create Nervously
Interviewer: Ben Sisario.
The New York Times. March 31, 2019.
Link

Analysis and discussion of Hal Blaine’s drumming from Be My Baby
Interviewer: Isabel Fraser.
BBC Radio Scotland. March 16, 2019.
Audio

Is it Time to Pull Baby, it’s Cold Outside Out of the Christmas Song Rotation?
Panel discussion with Maura Johnston. Interviewer: Chris Citorik.
WBUR (NPR/Radio Boston)December 19, 2018.
Audio

The Beatles: the Evolutionary Science of Pop Music 
Science Friction series. Discussion with Armand Leroi. Presenter: Natasha Mitchell.
ABC (Australian National Radio). December 16, 2017.
Link to summary | Full podcast (28 mins) 

My my! How it became cool to like ABBA
Interviewer: Alice Vincent.
The Daily Telegraph (UK). December 12, 2017.
Link

Here Is the Happiest Christmas Song You Will Ever Hear
Interviewer: Dana Dovey
Newsweek (USA). December 10, 2017.
Link

Has pop finally run out of tunes?
Interviewer: Peter Robinson.
The Guardian (UK). April 13, 2017.
Link

Plagiarism in songwriting
Interviewer: John Creedon.
RTE Radio 1 (Ireland). April 12, 2017.

Ed Sheeran may regret Photograph that led to $20m copyright case
Interviewer: Hannah Ellis-Peterson.
The Guardian (UK). April 12, 2017.
Link

Skater hoodies and steely ambition: the 6 secrets of Ed Sheeran’s success
Interviewer: Alice Vincent.
The Daily Telegraph (UK). March 7, 2017.
Link 

How Do You Define a Musical Work?
Interviewers: Denise Howell and J. Michael Keys.
This Week in Law. Episode #369. December 9, 2016.
Link

What is a Forensic Musicologist?
Interviewer: Rachel Belle.
KIRO Radio. November 1, 2016.
Link to transcript

The Man Musicians Call When Two Tunes Sound Alike
With Peter Oxendale, Guy Protheroe, and Joe Bennett. Interviewer: Alex Marshall.
The New York Times. October 11, 2016.
Link

The Memorability of a Song Hook
Interviewer: Jamie East.
Virgin Radio. September 28, 2016.
Link to audio

The Millenial Whoop
Interviewer: Isabel Fraser.
BBC Radio Scotland. September 3, 2016.
Link to audio 

What is Forensic Musicology?
Interviewer: Dino Sofos.
BBC News. Via Facebook Live. August 10, 2016.
Link to video

Popular music and the loss of anger
Interviewer: Lorraine Ali.
The Los Angeles Times. July 15, 2016.
Link

As Led Zeppelin Faces Copyright Charges, The Line Between Plagiarism and Homage Blurs
Interviewer: Scott Simon.
NPR Weekend Edition. 18 June, 2016.
Link

Interview about alleged Stairway to Heaven plagiarism
Interviewer: Jane Hill. 
BBC News (television). 14 June, 2016. 

Origin of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ questioned at copyright trial
Interview: Brian Melley.
Associated Press. 16 June, 2016.
Link

Interview about Ed Sheeran’s Photograph
Interviewer: Bill Whiteford.
BBC Radio Scotland. June 9, 2016.

Interview about Ed Sheeran’s Photograph and alleged similarity to Matt Cardle’s Amazing
Interviewer: Jamie East.
Virgin Radio (UK). June 9, 2016.

Feature on Forensic Musicology
Good Morning Scotland series. Interviewer: Laura Maxwell.
BBC Radio Scotland. April 16, 2016.

Interview about alleged Stairway to Heaven plagiarism
Afternoon Edition series. Interviewers: Sarah Brett and Ore Oduba.
BBC Radio 5 Live. April 12, 2016.
Link to audio

Why does Sam Smith’s Bond theme Writing’s on the Wall sound like Michael Jackson’s Earth Song?
The Daily Telegraph. September 25, 2015.

How to tell if a song’s been copied
Newsbeat series. Interviewer: Sinead Garvin.
BBC Radio 1. September 22, 2015.
Link

The history of Auto-Tune
The One Show series.
BBC Television.
 April 1, 2015
Link to video

5SOS’ ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ was kinda influenced by these 7 songs
Interviewer: Brenna Ehrlich.
MTV News. July 20, 2015.
Link

Blues guitar with Alexis Conran
Man vs. Expert series.
Discovery Channel. March 2015.

Blurred Lines verdict ‘a disaster’
The Irish Independent. March 11, 2015.
Link

How do I become a forensic musicologist?
Interviewer: Sandra Haurant.
The Guardian (UK). January 20, 2015.
Link

Why is ‘Uptown Funk’ so catchy? We asked an expert
Interviewer: Brenna Ehrlich.
MTV News. January 9, 2015.
Link

Panel discussion: Stairway to Heaven and Taurus
The Brendan Cole Programme.
Voice of Russia Radio.
June 3, 2014.
Link to audio

Earworms—why do songs get stuck in our heads?
The Today Programme. With Professor Elizabeth Margulis (Princeton University). 
BBC Radio 4. January 28, 2014.
Link to audio