Pat O’Grady is a musician and academic based in Sydney, Australia.
In his music practice, Pat brings together a diverse range of influences, including pop, country and R&B styles, particularly from the 1960s and 1970s. His songwriting and production techniques blend classic pop melodies, lyrics and rich accompaniments with a mix of analogue and digital contemporary production approaches. His most recently album ‘Into My Own’ is available for streaming on Spotify and SoundCloud. Since 2007, Pat has had an active presence in Sydney’s live music scene. He has performed in a range of spaces along the eastern coast of Australia, but mainly within his home town, Sydney. Pat also produces recorded music for himself and other artists from both his boutique recording studio, POG Music Studios and larger production spaces. He has produced albums with Sam Newton and Cameron James Henderson.
Pat is also an early career researcher and university lecturer and tutor in popular music and media. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Macquarie University. His thesis examined changes in technology, practice and politics within pop music production in the latter part of twentieth century. Pat has spoken at international conferences on popular music. Most recently, at the 2017 International Association for the Study of Popular Music biannual conference in Germany, he presented a paper on the politics of digitally emulating analogue recording technologies. Pat also has published in the areas of music streaming, the politics of music and nationhood, approaches to music production and emergent trends in recording studios. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production and the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. Since 2010, he has taught in a range of areas at tertiary level, including popular musicology, popular music history, music production, music literacy, guitar technique, cultural theory and media studies.