Samantha Bennett is a sound recordist, guitarist and academic from London, UK, and Associate Professor in music at the Australian National University. Her research is focused on sound recording, music technology, the recording workplace, recordist agency and the technological aesthetics of popular music. She is the author of two monographs, Modern Records, Maverick Methods: Technology and Process in Popular Music Record Production 1978-2000 (Bloomsbury Academic) and Peepshow, a 33 1/3 series edition on the album by Siouxsie and the Banshees (Bloomsbury Academic). She is also a co-editor of Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound (Bloomsbury Academic) and Popular Music, Stars and Stardom (ANU Press). She has published numerous book chapters on the technological, sound recording and production aesthetics of recorded popular music, her journal articles are published in Popular Music, Popular Music and Society, The Journal of Popular Music Studies and IASPM@journal and her technical papers are published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. In 2014, Samantha gave the biannual American Musicological Society Lecture at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives where she also held a research fellowship in 2015. As an AHRC Doctoral scholar, she completed her PhD in popular music recording techniques and analysis at the University of Surrey under renowned musicologist Prof. Allan Moore. Samantha is a board member of the Australasian Sound Recordings Association and currently sits on the advisory board of Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series. Prior to her work in academia, Samantha worked extensively as an audio engineer in multiple London recording studios and is a former Director of the UK's Music Producer's Guild.
As an educator, Samantha has seventeen years teaching, curriculum design and authorship and quality management experience. She has held numerous external examiner positions at overseas Universities and is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, notably a Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian National University (2019) and a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Fellowship at the University of Westminster (2012). She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Since arriving at the Australian National University in 2013, she has authored a broad music technology and popular music curriculum and, after securing a $250,000 major equipment grant, led the refurbishment of the School of Music's recording studio facilities to include the installation of a 48-channel Neve Genesys console and a blend of vintage and contemporary microphones and processors.