Navigating Race through Musical Performance
Author: Grace Wang
Publisher: Duke University Press
Category: Social Science
View: 9246In Soundtracks of Asian America, Grace Wang explores how Asian Americans use music to construct narratives of self, race, class, and belonging in national and transnational spaces. She highlights how they navigate racialization in different genres by considering the experiences of Asians and Asian Americans in Western classical music, U.S. popular music, and Mandopop (Mandarin-language popular music). Her study encompasses the perceptions and motivations of middle-class Chinese and Korean immigrant parents intensely involved in their children's classical music training, and of Asian and Asian American classical musicians whose prominence in their chosen profession is celebrated by some and undermined by others. Wang interviews young Asian American singer-songwriters who use YouTube to contest the limitations of a racialized U.S. media landscape, and she investigates the transnational modes of belonging forged by Asian American pop stars pursuing recording contracts and fame in East Asia. Foregrounding musical spaces where Asian Americans are particularly visible, Wang examines how race matters and operates in the practices and institutions of music making.
Author: Nicholas Cook
View: 5932This selection of sixteen of Nicholas Cook's essays covers the period from 1987 to 2004 and brings out the development of the author's ideas over these years. In particular the two keywords of the title -Meaning and Performance- represent critical directions that expand to the point that, by the end of the book, they become coextensive: music is seen as social action and meaning as created by that action. Within this overall direction, a wide variety of topics is explored, ranging from Beethoven to Schenker, from Chinese qin music to jazz and rock, from perceptual psychology to sketch studies and analysis of record sleeves. A substantial introduction draws out the links (and differences) between the essays, sometimes critiquing them and always setting them into the developing context of the author's work as a whole.
Author: Nicholas Gebhardt,Nichole Rustin-Paschal,Tony Whyton
View: 6826The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies presents over forty articles from internationally renowned scholars and highlights the strengths of current jazz scholarship in a cross-disciplinary field of enquiry. Each chapter reflects on developments within jazz studies over the last twenty-five years, offering surveys and new insights into the major perspectives and approaches to jazz research. The collection provides an essential research resource for students, scholars, and enthusiasts, and will serve as the definitive survey of current jazz scholarship in the Anglophone world to-date. It extends the critical debates about jazz that were set in motion by formative texts in the 1990s, and sets the agenda for the future scholarship by focusing on key issues and providing a framework for new lines of enquiry. It is organized around six themes: I. Historical Perspectives, II. Methodologies, III. Core Issues and Topics, IV. Individuals, Collectives and Communities, V. Politics, Discourse and Ideology and VI. New Directions and Debates.
A Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century
Author: Bruce Haynes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 9003Part history, part explanation of early music, this book also plays devil's advocate, criticizing current practices and urging experimentation. Haynes, a veteran of the movement, describes a vision of the future that involves improvisation, rhetorical expression, and composition.
What Business Leaders Can Learn from the World of Rock and Roll
Author: Roger Blackwell,Tina Stephan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
View: 8667The unique ability of rock and roll to inspire fanatical supportfrom its customers is undeniable; the loyalty showered upon theRolling Stones, Elton John, Aerosmith, and others who create it,unmatched; and the lessons for corporate America, endless. In thepast, business leaders have looked to the successes of other firmsto guide their own strategies for increasing market share andcapturing more consumer attention, spending, and loyalty. However,in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, managers arelooking for ways to shake, rattle, and roll corporateAmerica’s traditional marketing and branding mindset. InBrands That Rock, Roger Blackwell and Tina Stephan,co-authors of best-selling Customers Rule! and From MindTo Market, take readers behind the music to uncover howbusinesses can create brands that become adopted by culture andcapture a long-term position in the marketplace. Brands ThatRock takes a unique, behind-the-music look at how businessescan increase brand awareness, customer loyalty, and profits byimplementing some of the same strategies that legendary bands haveused to transform customers into fan and create deep,emotional connections with them. Aerosmith and Madonna offerinsight into how to evolve a brand to remain relevant in themarketplace without alienating current fans, while the RollingStones and KISS prove that successful execution at all levels ofthe brand experience are key to capturing long-term loyalty.Stephan and Blackwell also examine how businesses, fromVictoria’s Secret and Wal-Mart to Cadillac and Kraft, haveimplemented ‘rock and roll strategies’ to becomeadopted by culture and secure fans in their own right. Filledwith fun anecdotes and interviews from industry insiders, BrandsThat Rock will relate to managers who grew up with classicrock, showing them how build iconic brands, and delight fans decadeafter decade. Roger D. Blackwell (Columbus, OH) is President of RogerBlackwell Associates, a consulting firm that works with Fortune 500companies in the areas of consumer trends, strategy, e-commerce,and global business. A highly sought-after speaker, he is alsoProfessor of Marketing at the Fisher College of Business at TheOhio State University. Tina Stephan (Columbus, OH and New York, NY)is Vice President of Roger Blackwell Associates. Together, theyhave collaborated on eight books, including Customers Rule!and From Mind to Market, and numerous articles and researchprojects.
Technology, Improvisation, and Composition in DJ and Laptop Performance
Author: Mark J. Butler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 2319Winner of the 2015 PMIG Outstanding Publication Award from the Society of Music Theory The DJs and laptop performers of electronic dance music use preexistent elements such as vinyl records and digital samples to create fluid, dynamic performances. These performances are also largely improvised, evolving in response to the demands of a particular situation through interaction with a dancing audience. Within performance, musicians make numerous spontaneous decisions about variables such as which sounds they will play, when they will play them, and how they will be combined with other sounds. Yet the elements that constitute these improvisations are also fixed in certain fundamental ways: performances are fashioned from patterns or tracks recorded beforehand, and in the case of DJ sets, these elements are also physical objects (vinyl records). In Playing with Something That Runs, author Mark J. Butler explores these improvised performances, revealing the ways in which musicians utilize seemingly invariable prerecorded elements to create novel improvisations. Based on extensive interviews with musicians in their studios, as well as in-depth studies of particular mediums of performance, including both DJ and laptop sets, Butler illustrates the ways in which technologies, both material and musical, are used in performance and improvisation in order to make these transformations possible. An illuminating look at the world of popular electronic-music performance, Playing with Something that Runs is an indispensable resource for electronic dance musicians and fans as well as scholars and students of popular music.
Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning
Author: Richard Parncutt,Gary McPherson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 6460What type of practice makes a musician perfect? What sort of child is most likely to succeed on a musical instrument? What practice strategies yield the fastest improvement in skills such as sight-reading, memorization, and intonation? Scientific and psychological research can offer answers to these and other questions that musicians face every day. In The Science and Psychology of Music Performance, Richard Parncutt and Gary McPherson assemble relevant current research findings and make them accessible to musicians and music educators. This book describes new approaches to teaching music, learning music, and making music at all educational and skill levels. Each chapter represents the collaboration between a music researcher (usually a music psychologist) and a performer or music educator. This combination of expertise results in excellent practical advice. Readers will learn, for example, that they are in the majority (57%) if they experience rapid heartbeat before performances; the chapter devoted to performance anxiety will help them decide whether beta-blocker medication, hypnotherapy, or the Alexander Technique of relaxation might alleviate their stage fright. Another chapter outlines a step-by-step method for introducing children to musical notation, firmly based on research in cognitive development. Altogether, the 21 chapters cover the personal, environmental, and acoustical influences that shape the learning and performance of music.
Author: Dr Abigail Gardner,Dr Ros Jennings
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
View: 9989For female pop stars, whose star bodies and star performances are undisputedly the objects of a sexualized external gaze, the process of ageing in public poses particular challenges. Taking a broadly feminist perspective, 'Rock On': women, ageing and popular music shifts popular music studies in a new direction. Focussing on British, American and Latina women performers and ageing, the collection investigates the cultural work performed by artists such as Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Madonna, Celia Cruz, Grace Jones and Courtney Love. The study crosses generations of performers and audiences enabling an examination of changing socio-historical contexts and an exploration of the relationships at play between performance strategies, star persona and the popular music press. For instance, the strategies employed by Madonna and Grace Jones to engage with the processes and issues related to public ageing are not the same as those employed by Courtney Love or Celia Cruz. The essays in this insightful collection reflect on the ways that artists and fans destabilise both the linear trajectories and the compelling weight of expectations regarding ageing by employing different modalities of resistance through persona re-invention, nostalgia, postmodern intertextuality and even early death as the ultimate denial of age.
Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance
Author: Kiri Miller
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 8089Why don't Guitar Hero players just pick up real guitars? What happens when millions of people play the role of a young black gang member in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? How are YouTube-based music lessons changing the nature of amateur musicianship? This book is about play, performance, and participatory culture in the digital age. Miller shows how video games and social media are bridging virtual and visceral experience, creating dispersed communities who forge meaningful connections by "playing along" with popular culture. Playing Along reveals how digital media are brought to bear in the transmission of embodied knowledge: how a Grand Theft Auto player uses a virtual radio to hear with her avatar's ears; how a Guitar Hero player channels the experience of a live rock performer; and how a beginning guitar student translates a two-dimensional, pre-recorded online music lesson into three-dimensional physical practice and an intimate relationship with a distant teacher. Through a series of engaging ethnographic case studies, Miller demonstrates that our everyday experiences with interactive digital media are gradually transforming our understanding of musicality, creativity, play, and participation.
Author: Jennifer Cross
Publisher: Indiana University Press
View: 9134..". extremely useful... In MacClintock's selections, even when the source is primarily theoretical, she chooses passages that give a lively insight into actual music-making."A -- Continuo Readings on the performance of Western music from the late middle ages to the early nineteenth century describe the accepted conventions and actual practices of former times.
Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent
Author: Joanne Haroutounian
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
View: 1789In 'Rekindling the Spark', Haroutounian offers a concise synthesis of the research and resources on musical talent - what it is, how to identify and recognize it, and how to nurture and develop it. Exercises throughout the book offer parents and teachers activities to do with children that are useful in spotting and developing musical potential.
A Study on Improvisational Group Performance in Music
Author: Jacqueline Beatrix de Jong,Jaqueline De Jong
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
View: 3565Annotation. Improvised music performance offers remarkable and dramatic examples of the talented ways in which group members can interact and inspire each other. Such musical sessions can serve as examples of improvised performance of groups in general. This thesis reports on ways of initiating and supporting talented group improvisation. It addresses the question which interface is needed to generate collectives with collective talent. Inspired by Pask's Conversation Theory, the author has developed a theory for supporting collective talent. The approach and results are not restricted to music, but should yield interest to fields as management & organization and ICT. This title can be previewed in Google Books - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9789056294427.
A Philosophical Study
Author: Stan Godlovitch
View: 554Most music we hear comes to us via a recording medium on which sound has been stored. Such remoteness of music heard from music made has become so commonplace it is rarely considered. Musical Performance: A Philosophical Study considers the implications of this separation for live musical performance and music-making. Rather than examining the composition or perception of music as most philosophical accounts of music do, Stan Godlovitch takes up the problem of how the tradition of active music playing and performing has been challenged by technology and what problems this poses for philosophical aesthetics. Where does does the value of musical performance lie? Is human performance of music a mere transfer medium? Is the performance of music more expressive than recorded music? Musical Performance poses questions such as these to develop a fascinating account of music today. musicians - but via some recording medium on which sound has been stored.
Music, Context, Performance
Author: Jeffrey Kurtzman
Publisher: Clarendon Press
View: 8523This is a thorough-going study of Monteverdi's Vespers, the single most significant and most widely known musical print from before the time of J.S. Bach. The author examines Monteverdi's Vespers from multiple perspectives, combining his own research with all that is known and thought of the Vespers by other scholars. The historical origin as well as the musical and liturgical context of the Vespers are surveyed; similarly the controversial historiography of the Vespers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is scrutinized and evaluated. A series of analytical chapters attempt to clarify Monteverdi's compositional process and the relationship between music and text in the light of recent research on modal and tonal aspects of early seventeenth century music. The final section is devoted to thirteen chapters investigating performance practice issues of the early seventeenth century and their application to the Vespers, including general and specific recommendations for performance where appropriate. The book concludes with a series of informational appendices, including the psalm cursus for Vespers of all major feasts in the liturgical calendar, texts, and structural outlines for the Vespers compositions based on a cantus firmus, an analytical discography, and bibliographies of seventeenth-century musical and theoretical sources.