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Paul  Rutter

Paul Rutter

Head of Music

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 3468 ext. 3468 Room no. JM211

Biography

Paul Rutter MProf; associate professor and head of music at Solent University.

Paul is a musician, published music industry writer, internationally published composer-lyricist and music producer. He is the author of 'The Music Industry Handbook' published by Routledge, has over thirty years experience in the music industries and has ongoing research interests in evolutionary global music industries. Paul is a frequent on-air contributor, commentator and research consultant in regional BBC media popular music feature programmes.     

Paul has a hugely varied experiential research and teaching background in popular music; his first instrument was piano, thereafter fostering an excursion into rock drumming. To date he has subsequently performed and played his way through most music genres, on a wide range of instruments - in many music collaborations. Paul co-founded his first rock band Loaded Dice in the seventies, and after over five years touring the UK, Paul returned to piano to pursue song writing, coupled with the art of music production, sound engineering and studio recording. Paul gradually amassed a collection of synthesisers and recording equipment; in the early eighties, music became his full time occupation and Paul established his own music production company, Mastersong Music. His first solo single release enjoyed national radio airplay - numerous commercial recording projects followed.

Paul is keen to pass on his research to students, through his wide and varied experience in the popular music industries via his commercial studio production work, song writing, music commissions, performance and music technology history. Paul has been an educational guest speaker in many international academic institutions - New York, South Africa, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands and Spain.

Paul joined Solent University in 2006 and remains an active academic music industry writer, researcher, song writer, producer and performer of music. He has presented, interviewed and hosted events with high profile guests from the music industry at SSU including; Trevor Horn, Feargal Sharkey, Craig David, Colin Lester (JEM artists), Mike Smith, Carl Palmer (ELP) and Simon May (composer) to name a few.

Paul’s teaching at SSU recognises and acknowledges the professional interests of higher education students who wish to forge confident futures in the music and entertainment related industries.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Paul has written and produced over 100 songs, has signed numerous music publishing contracts with companies such as Novello, Sleeping Giant...

    Paul has written and produced over 100 songs and has signed numerous music publishing contracts with companies such as Novello, Sleeping Giant, Sparta Florida, Filmtrax, EMI, as well as many production recording agreements. Paul has solo song writing credits with international artists: Paul Young 'Heaven Can Wait', a worldwide single release, featuring David Gilmour - Pink Floyd on guitar, Chaka Khan on vocals and Who bassist Pino Palladino.

    Paul’s production company Mastersong Music, has also been commissioned to create many diverse musical works in film, TV and video synchronisation - scoring music for 20 episodes of ITV’s spoof sci-fi series Snug & Cozi, followed by a single release in 1997, 'Pink Heads', on the MSM/BMG label. Mastersong Music was also responsible for ‘An Atomic Opera’ by Pulsaria, a fusion of metal, opera and electronica - BBC2's Top Gear, commissioned use of the music. Mastersong Music has also delivered many corporate, advertising and commercial musical works, commissioned by companies such as Nissan alongside writing music exclusively for the interactive gaming franchise Quazar.

    Paul’s solo releases have received critical acclaim and his work in the alt-country genre has been released on the EMI, Curb and Sony labels respectively. He has appeared on national Irish TV and has completed several promotional tours in Ireland.

  2. Research interests

    Follow the link below to view a list of Paul's consultancy, research and media broadcast contributions in music and music industry...
    March 2015 – BBC Radio Solent (Louisa Hannan Drive Time show) guest: ‘Blurred Lines - Music plagiarism and similarities in the popular song’. Producer: Kim Michaels.

    Oct 2014 - BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Contributor/researcher: ‘Zombie Music – The posthumous record release and collaborations with the deceased’. Producer: Rebecca Romo.

    Dec 2013 - BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Contributor/researcher: ‘Christmas Turkeys – The Christmas songs that never should have been released!’. Producer: Rebecca Romo 

    Sept 2013 - BBC Radio Solent (Katie Martin show) Music industry guest: ‘Popular Music in the Movies’; precursor to forthcoming BBC series – ‘Sound of Cinema; Music that made the Movies’- Neil Brand. Producer: Bob Diggle

    June 2013 - BBC Radio Solent (Katie Martin show) Music industry guest: ‘Older Women in the Pop Music Industry’; reflections on the careers of older women and success in the popular music industries. Producer: Bob Diggle

    April 2013 - BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Contributor/researcher: ‘Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is Dead; music that marks the passing of world leaders and politicians’. Producer: Rebecca Romo 

    December 2012 - BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Big Hour guest: ‘The soundtrack to the festive season; nostalgia and iconic film soundtracks’. Producer: Alun Newman

    July 2012 - BBC Radio Solent (Katie Martin show) Music industry guest: ‘The Amy Winehouse anniversary and historic reflections on the death and departure of other popular music artists’. Producer: Rebecca Romo

    May 2012 - BBC Radio Solent (Katie Martin show) Music industry guest: ‘Diamonds in music and marking the Queens Jubilee’. Producer: Kim Michaels

    May 2012 - BBC Radio Solent (Julian Clegg show) On-air consultant/commentator: ‘The death of Robin Gibb and the legacy of the BeeGees’. Producer: Claire Holmes

    May 2012 - BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Big Hour guest: ‘Live music and issues surrounding festival activities’. Producer: Alun Newman

    May 2012 – Solent Productions/Solent University. Consultant in documentary: ‘Producers and students play at SSU’. Producer: Jonathan Plummer/Paul Rutter

    March 2012 – BBC TV, South Today. Consultant to screened news feature item: Trevor Horn and Producers playing at SSU. Producer: Sally Taylor/ Bob Everett

    March 2012 – BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Big Hour (with Trevor Horn and Producers band) ‘Students of SSU play on-stage with Producers’. Producer: Alun Newman

    March 2012 – BBC Radio Solent (Julian Clegg show) On-air commentator: ‘Is Eurovision dead?’ Producer: Claire Holmes

    December 2011 – BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Big Hour guest: ‘Issues and narratives behind the seasonal hits’. Producer: Alun Newman

    October 2011 – BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Big Hour guest: ‘Winners and losers in the music industry’ 'Plagiarism in the music industry and royalty disasters’. Producer: Alun Newman

    Sept 2011 - BBC Radio Solent (Alex Dyke show) Music Industry Guest: ‘Punch and Judy Law and Cliff’s Law’: Changes in Grass Roots music law and changes in PPL royalty structures for artists. Producer: Alun Newman.
  3. Recent publications

    Paul's recent publications include several handbooks, compositions and records works. For more information, follow the link below...

    2015 - (Second Edition due) Rutter, P., The Music Industry Handbook Oxford and New York: Routledge.

    2013 - Rutter, P., ‘Soundtracks: Using Music in Film,’ chapter in De Valk, M., The Film Handbook, Oxford: Routledge.

    2011 - Rutter, P., The Music Industry Handbook (Monograph) Oxford and New York: Routledge.

    Sample of composed, published and recorded works

    2013 – Remixes and Rarities ‘Heaven Can Wait’ Appearing on Album by Paul Young. Composer: Paul Rutter. Sony Music. Publisher EMI Music.

    2012 – Other Voices Deluxe Re-mastered Edition (expanded CD album) ‘Heaven Can Wait’ Appearing on Album by Paul Young. Composer: Paul Rutter. Sony Music. Publisher EMI Music. 

    2012 – Original Album Classics (Box set) ‘Heaven Can Wait’ Appearing on Album by Paul Young. Composer: Paul Rutter. Sony Music. Publisher EMI Music.

    2008 - Wherever I Lay My Hat (CD album compilation) ‘Heaven Can Wait’ Appearing on Album by Paul Young. Composer: Paul Rutter. Sony Music. Publisher EMI Music.

    2007 - Collections (CD album compilation), ‘Heaven Can Wait’, Appearing on Album by Paul Young. Composer: Paul Rutter. Sony Music. Publisher EMI Music.

    2004 – All Mastersong Music releases (all back Catalogue released digitally), Ingrooves Digital Media USA/Mastersong Music UK – Napster, iTunes, OD2, Audio Lunchbox, Music Net, World Wide Digital Distribution (titles supplied on request)

    2000 - Super Hits (CD album compilation) ‘Heaven Can Wait’, Appearing on album by Paul Young. Composer: Paul Rutter. Sony Records. Publisher EMI Music.

    1999 - Fever 9, (compilation CD album) ‘On The Tracks To Tennessee’ artist Paul Rutter: Song title composed and produced by Paul Rutter: Curb Records.

    1999 - Most Awesome 4 (compilation CD album), ‘On The Tracks To Tennessee’ Song title composed / produced by Paul Rutter: EMI Records.

    1999 - ‘On The Tracks To Tennessee’ (CD Single). Song title composed/produced/performed by Paul Rutter. Mastersong Music UK/Nova/Pinnacle.

    1998 – ‘Snug & Cozi’, Scottish Television/ITV Network Television Programme (Series Two, 10 episodes), Theme Music and incidental - Composer, Arranger, Producer: Paul Rutter

    1998 - Anything It Takes, (11 track music album) Paul Rutter composer/producer and performer. Mastersong Music UK/Nova/Pinnacle.

    1997 – ‘Pulsaria’ by Atomic Opera, Atomic Opera, (10 track concept album) composer/producer and performer: Paul Rutter. Mastersong Music UK/Nova/Pinnacle

    1997 – ‘Pink Heads’, Snug & Cozi (4 track CD Single) composer/producer: Paul Rutter. Mastersong Music UK/BMG Records.

    1997 – ‘Snug & Cozi’ Scottish Television/ITV Network Television Programme (Series One, 10 episodes), Theme Music and incidental - Composer, Arranger, Producer: Paul Rutter.

    1990 - ‘Heaven Can Wait’ (single). Appearing on album by Paul Young ‘Other Voices’. Composer Paul Rutter. Sony Records. Publisher EMI Music.

    Course validations and external examining

    September 2013 - present - external examiner – Brighton Institute of Modern Music (Sussex University) – Hove campus, Brighton, Sussex.

    April 2013 – external panel member – Glamorgan University; Revalidation of music courses within music school (CCI) - Glamorgan University, Atrium, Cardiff.

    February 2013 – external panel member - Periodic Annual Review in Media School (Fda, BA and Top Up courses in Drama, Music and Media) Glamorgan University, Atrium, Cardiff.

    January 2013 – external validation panel member - BA (Hons) Music Production, BA (Hons) Music Business, BA (Hons) Event Management at University of Sussex, HE partnership with Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

    March 2012 – validation panel member - MA Visual Communication (Southampton Solent University).

    September 2003 to Sept 2006 - external moderator - Damelin/Allenby Education group SA, music and arts scheme in Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.  

    Selection of international and UK guest speaking in music and music industry in academia (research and enterprise)

    January 2014 - European Creative Futures Guest speaker ‘Capitillumination’ and workshop tutor on Intensive Programme, HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands.

    February 2012 - NKF Oslo, Norway, Campus Kristiania, guest speaker: ‘Real employability in the music industries and guiding careers’.

    February 2012 - NKF Trondheim, Norway, guest speaker: ‘Real employability in the music industries and guiding careers’. Separate music production advanced mixing workshop.

    December 2011 - London South Bank University, guest speaker: ‘Hidden sectors of the music industries and employability’.

    February 2011 - NKF Oslo, Norway, Campus Kristiania, guest speaker: ‘The music producer as auteur and controlling income streams’.

    September 2010 - Oakfields College Campus, Pretoria, South Africa, guest speaker: ‘Creating a career in the music and entertainment industries with a music production background

    February 2010 - Lahti University of Applied Science, Towards Creative Entrepreneurship initiative, guest speaker: ‘Creating a sense of brand in worthwhile music products and ventures’.

    November 2007 - MA Songwriting at Bath Spa University, Newton St Loe Campus, guest speaker: ‘Income streams in the music industry’ also consultant to MA Songwriting music industry module.

  4. Memberships

    Paul is a member of the following: PRS for Music, Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, Phonographic Performance Limited, Video Performance Limited, Phonographic Performance Ireland and Recorded Artists Actors Performers Limited.
  5. Work in progress

    Paul's current work in progress is titled 'The Music Industry Handbook'. Its full citation is: 2015 - (Second Edition due) Rutter, P., 'The Music Industry Handbook', Oxford and New York: Routledge.