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Theory of music & musicology

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After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti

After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti

Richly ethnographic and a compelling read, After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy is a study of carnival, politics, and the musical engagement of ordinary citizens and celebrity musicians in contemporary Haiti. The book explores how the self-declared president of konpa Sweet Micky (Michel Martelly) rose to the nation's highest office while methodically crafting a political product inherently entangled with his musical product. It offers deep historical perspective on the characteristics of carnivalesque verbal play-and the performative skillset of the artist (Sweet Micky) who dominated carnival for more than a decade-including vulgarities and polemics. Yet there has been profound resistance to this brand of politics led by many other high-profile artists, including Matyas and Joj, Brothers Posse, Boukman Eksperyans, and RAM. These groups have each released popular carnival songs that have contributed to the public's discussions on what civic participation and citizenship in Haiti can and should be. Drawing on more than a decade and a half of ethnographic research, Rebecca Dirksen presents an in-depth consideration of politically and socially engaged music and what these expressions mean for the Haitian population in the face of challenging political and economic circumstances. After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy centers the voices of Haitian musicians and regular citizens by extensively sharing interviews and detailed analyses of musical performance in the context of contemporary events well beyond the musical realm.

After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti

After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti

Richly ethnographic and a compelling read, After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy is a study of carnival, politics, and the musical engagement of ordinary citizens and celebrity musicians in contemporary Haiti. The book explores how the self-declared president of konpa Sweet Micky (Michel Martelly) rose to the nation's highest office while methodically crafting a political product inherently entangled with his musical product. It offers deep historical perspective on the characteristics of carnivalesque verbal play-and the performative skillset of the artist (Sweet Micky) who dominated carnival for more than a decade-including vulgarities and polemics. Yet there has been profound resistance to this brand of politics led by many other high-profile artists, including Matyas and Joj, Brothers Posse, Boukman Eksperyans, and RAM. These groups have each released popular carnival songs that have contributed to the public's discussions on what civic participation and citizenship in Haiti can and should be. Drawing on more than a decade and a half of ethnographic research, Rebecca Dirksen presents an in-depth consideration of politically and socially engaged music and what these expressions mean for the Haitian population in the face of challenging political and economic circumstances. After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy centers the voices of Haitian musicians and regular citizens by extensively sharing interviews and detailed analyses of musical performance in the context of contemporary events well beyond the musical realm.

Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale

Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale

Author: Geoffrey (Manhattanville College, USA) Kidde Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2020

Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale is a ground-breaking resource that bridges the gap between music theory teaching and the world of music software programs. Focusing on three key programs - the digital audio workstation (DAW) Logic, the audio programming language (APL) Max, and the music printing program Finale - this book shows how they can be used together to learn music theory. It provides an introduction to core music theory concepts and shows how to develop programming skills alongside music theory skills. Software tools form an essential part of the modern musical environment; laptop musicians today can harness incredibly powerful tools to create, record, and manipulate sounds. Yet these programs on their own don't provide musicians with an understanding of music notation and structures, while traditional music theory teaching doesn't fully engage with technological capabilities. With clear and practical applications, this book demonstrates how to use DAWs, APLs, and music-printing programs to create interactive resources for learning the mechanics behind how music works. Offering an innovative approach to the learning and teaching of music theory in the context of diverse musical genres, this volume provides game-changing ideas for educators, practicing musicians, and students of music.

Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale

Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale

Author: Geoffrey (Manhattanville College, USA) Kidde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2020

Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale is a ground-breaking resource that bridges the gap between music theory teaching and the world of music software programs. Focusing on three key programs - the digital audio workstation (DAW) Logic, the audio programming language (APL) Max, and the music printing program Finale - this book shows how they can be used together to learn music theory. It provides an introduction to core music theory concepts and shows how to develop programming skills alongside music theory skills. Software tools form an essential part of the modern musical environment; laptop musicians today can harness incredibly powerful tools to create, record, and manipulate sounds. Yet these programs on their own don't provide musicians with an understanding of music notation and structures, while traditional music theory teaching doesn't fully engage with technological capabilities. With clear and practical applications, this book demonstrates how to use DAWs, APLs, and music-printing programs to create interactive resources for learning the mechanics behind how music works. Offering an innovative approach to the learning and teaching of music theory in the context of diverse musical genres, this volume provides game-changing ideas for educators, practicing musicians, and students of music.

New Approaches in Applied Musicology A Common Framework for Music Education and Psychology Research

New Approaches in Applied Musicology A Common Framework for Music Education and Psychology Research

Author: Adam Ockelford, Professor Graham Welch Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2020

This book is essential reading for those working in the fields of music psychology or music education research. A novel applied-musicological approach is applied to the analysis of data, which enables genuinely musical insights to emerge in a range of real-life contexts in which engagement with music occurs. The topics covered include a new study on pattern detection in music, an exploration of the expectations generated through groups of notes, an investigation into the cognitive processes involved in rehearing pieces, a consideration of the learning strategies used by a musical savant, an attempt ot gauge the level of intentionality present in the improvisations of a boy with autism, a study of the impact of gender on children's group improvisation, a report on research into the relationship between music, language and autism, and the presentation of a new model on the emergence of musical abilities in the early years. The emphasis is on researchers who are new to the field, extending the findings of postgraduate and postdoctoral projects. Each chapter has a concise, reflective epilogue written by an established researcher, placing the new thinking in a broader context. It is hoped that this exciting new work will act as a catalyst in the emerging field of empirical musicological research, and bring recognition to a group of new young academics.

Transcultural Sound Practices British Asian Dance Music as Cultural Transformation

Transcultural Sound Practices British Asian Dance Music as Cultural Transformation

Author: Carla J. (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Maier Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Listening to the sound practices of bands and musicians such as the Asian Dub Foundation or M.I.A., and spanning three decades of South Asian dance music production in the UK, Transcultural Sound Practices zooms in on the concrete sonic techniques and narrative strategies in South Asian dance music and investigates sound as part of a wider assemblage of cultural technologies, politics and practices. Carla J. Maier investigates how sounds from Hindi film music tunes or bhangra tracks have been sampled, cut, looped and manipulated, thus challenging and complicating the cultural politics of sonic production. Rather than conceiving of music as a representation of fixed cultures, this book engages in a study of music that disrupts the ways in which ethnicity has been written into sound and investigates how transcultural sound practices generate new ways of thinking about culture.

Sirens

Sirens

Author: Michael (University of Sussex, UK) Bull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Sirens are sounds that confront us in daily life, from the sounds of police cars and fire engines to, less often, tornado warnings. During the Blitz in London, sirens warned people to move into the safety of air-raid shelters. Yet, in parallel to this, 'Sirens' also have a mythical reality as embodied in the meeting between Odysseus and the Sirens in Greek myth, whereby the specter of the 'Sirens' embodied the seductive but ultimately destructive power of sound over the human subject. Ideologies of sirens embody both the protective and the dangerous elements of siren sounds - from the Cold War public training exercises in the US in the 1950s and 60s to the seductive power of the sirens entrenched in popular culture, from Roxy Music to Tom Odell, to filmic representations of the 'femme fatale' in Film Noir and beyond. This book argues that we should understand 'Siren sounds' as both myth and materiality, embodying both danger and protection. It poses the question of whether we can rely on the sirens, both in their mythic meanings or in their material meanings in contemporary culture.

Sirens

Sirens

Author: Michael (University of Sussex, UK) Bull Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Sirens are sounds that confront us in daily life, from the sounds of police cars and fire engines to, less often, tornado warnings. During the Blitz in London, sirens warned people to move into the safety of air-raid shelters. Yet, in parallel to this, 'Sirens' also have a mythical reality as embodied in the meeting between Odysseus and the Sirens in Greek myth, whereby the specter of the 'Sirens' embodied the seductive but ultimately destructive power of sound over the human subject. Ideologies of sirens embody both the protective and the dangerous elements of siren sounds - from the Cold War public training exercises in the US in the 1950s and 60s to the seductive power of the sirens entrenched in popular culture, from Roxy Music to Tom Odell, to filmic representations of the 'femme fatale' in Film Noir and beyond. This book argues that we should understand 'Siren sounds' as both myth and materiality, embodying both danger and protection. It poses the question of whether we can rely on the sirens, both in their mythic meanings or in their material meanings in contemporary culture.

The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy

The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy

Author: Leigh (Michigan State University, USA) VanHandel Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2020

Today's music theory instructors face a changing environment, one where the traditional lecture format is in decline. The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy addresses this change head-on, featuring battle-tested lesson plans alongside theoretical discussions of music theory curriculum and course design. With the modern student in mind, scholars are developing creative new approaches to teaching music theory, encouraging active student participation within contemporary contexts such as flipped classrooms, music industry programs, and popular music studies. This volume takes a unique approach to provide resources for both the conceptual and pragmatic sides of music theory pedagogy. Each section includes thematic 'anchor' chapters that address key issues, accompanied by short 'topics' chapters offering applied examples that instructors can readily adopt in their own teaching. In eight parts, leading pedagogues from across North America explore how to most effectively teach the core elements of the music theory curriculum: Fundamentals Rhythm and Meter Core Curriculum Aural Skills Post-Tonal Theory Form Popular Music Who, What, and How We Teach A broad musical repertoire demonstrates formal principles that transcend the Western canon, catering to a diverse student body with diverse musical goals. Reflecting growing interest in the field, and with an emphasis on easy implementation, The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy presents strategies and challenges to illustrate and inspire, in a comprehensive resource for all teachers of music theory.

The American Symphony

The American Symphony

Author: Neil Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 1998, this volume is the first book to focus on the American symphony. Neil Butterworth surveys the development of the symphony in the United States from early European influences in the last century to the present day, and asks why American composers have shown such allegiance to a musical form which their European contemporaries appear to have discarded. An overview of the growth of musical societies in America during the eighteenth century and the establishment of the first professional orchestras during the early part of the nineteenth century is followed by chronological analyses of the works of those composers who have played important parts in the progress of symphony in the United States, from Charles Ives, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, to contemporary figures such as William Bolcom and John Harbison. Complete with a comprehensive catalogue of symphonies and an extensive discography, this book is an indispensable reference work.

Hexachords in Late-Renaissance Music

Hexachords in Late-Renaissance Music

Author: Lionel Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 1998, this broad survey includes a large number of musical illustrations and provides an indispensable guide for both students and teachers. Hexachords and solmization syllables formed the foundations of musical language during the sixteenth century. Yet, owing to changes over time in music education and style, there no longer exists widespread general knowledge of hexachords. Without this awareness it is impossible to appreciate fully the music of the most important composers of the Renaissance such as Palestrina, Lasso and Monteverdi. This book is the first attempt to fill such a gap in our understanding of hexachords and how they were employed in late-Renaissance music. Lionel Pike's research covers the period from Willaert to Dowland (c. 1530-1600) and examines the ways in which the uses of hexachords developed in the hands of different composers. The book concludes with an investigation of English examples of hexachords in vocal and instrumental music.

Enacting Musical Time The Bodily Experience of New Music

Enacting Musical Time The Bodily Experience of New Music

What is musical time? Where is it manifested? How does it enter into our experience, and how do we capture it in our analyses? A compelling approach among works on temporality, phenomenology, and the ecologies of the new sound worlds, Enacting Musical Time argues that musical time is itself the site of the interaction between musical sounds and a situated, embodied listener, created by the moving bodies of participants engaged in musical activities. Author Mariusz Kozak describes musical time as something that emerges when the listener enacts her implicit knowledge about how music goes, from deliberate inactivity, to such simple actions as tapping her foot in time with the beat, to dancing in a way that engages her entire body. Kozak explores this idea in the context of modernist and postmodernist musical styles, where composers create unfamiliar and idiosyncratic temporal experiences, blur the line between spectatorship and participation, and challenge conventional notions of form. Basing his discussion on the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty and on the ecological psychology of J. J. Gibson, Kozak examines different aspects of musical structure through the lens of embodied cognition and what phenomenologists call lived time. A bold new theory derived from an unprecedented fusion of research perspectives, Enacting Musical Time will engage scholars across a range of disciplines, from music theory, music cognition, cognitive science, continental philosophy, and social anthropology.