What is it about?

It's an interview with one of Prince's former keyboard technicians at the height of his commercial success and creative productivity. The interview provides insights into Prince's intensive work ethic, the demands it placed on his collaborators, and the keyboards that helped shape his mid-1980s soundscape.

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Why is it important?

Posthumous analysis of Prince usually focuses on his musicians and recording engineers, but this approach does not always illuminate his relationships with the technological tools at his disposal. This article attempts to emphasise this dimension, demonstrating how the writing and recording aspects were interwoven parts of the artist's creative continuum..


This interview provides a window into the daily demanding realities of working with and for Prince at the height of his creative output. It helps to in dictate how and why he employed particular keyboards and digital technologies, helping to add substance to the distinctive style he developed and advanced during a decade of rapid artistic growth.

Mike Alleyne
Middle Tennessee State University

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This page is a summary of: Housing the quake: The Todd Herreman interview, Interactions Studies in Communication & Culture, September 2022, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/iscc_00048_7.
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