Dr Paul Harkins

Lecturer, Deputy Programme Leader BA (Hons) Popular Music


Paul’s lecturing role at Edinburgh Napier University began in 2005 when he started teaching the Business of Music modules on the BA (Hons) Popular Music degree before becoming a permanent member of staff in October 2007.

The focus of his doctoral research was the history of digital sampling technologies like the Fairlight CMI and E-Mu Emulator and the way they were used to sample the sounds of everyday life, loop sequenced patterns of sampled sounds, and sample extracts from pre-existing sound recordings. He also interviewed users of digital sampling technologies such as Todd Edwards, Akufen, Found, King Creosote, and Matthew Herbert to examine the diversity of contemporary approaches to sampling.

Academic publications include articles in Popular Music, Popular Music & Society, IASPM@Journal, Journal on the Art of Record Production, and Reseaux. He worked for PRS For Music and as a music publisher before becoming a lecturer and has contributed articles to Product magazine and The Scotsman newspaper.

Paul is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP), and the Scottish Pop Academics Network (SPAN).