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Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina - A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills... Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina - A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Fred C. Fussell, Steve Kruger
R482 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R78 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are the heart of a region where traditional music and dance are performed and celebrated as nowhere else in America. This guide puts readers on the trail to discover many sites where the unique musical legacy thrives, covering bluegrass and stringband music, clogging, and other traditional forms of music and dance. The book includes stories of the legendary music of the Blue Ridge Mountains, maps, and contact information for the featured sites, as well as color illustrations and profiles of prominent musicians and music traditions. Chapters are organized county by county, and sidebars include interviews with and profiles of performers, information about various performance styles, and a brief history of Blue Ridge music. The updated second edition adds three new music venues, along with updated information on the almost sixty music sites in Western North Carolina profiled in the previous edition. Also included are new full-color photos, a new artist profile, and a CD of twenty-six classic songs from the mountains and the foothills.

70 Classic Songs - Strum Together (Paperback): Hal Leonard Corp 70 Classic Songs - Strum Together (Paperback)
Hal Leonard Corp
R451 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R68 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow - American Indian Music (Paperback): Craig Harris Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow - American Indian Music (Paperback)
Craig Harris
R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Despite centuries of suppression and oppression, American Indian music survives today as a profound cultural force. Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow celebrates in depth the vibrant soundscape of Native North America, from the ""heartbeat"" of intertribal drums and ""warble"" of Native flutes to contemporary rock, hip-hop, and electronic music. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with musicians, producers, ethnographers, and record-label owners, author and musician Craig Harris conjures an aural tapestry in which powwow drums and end-blown woodwinds resound alongside operatic and symphonic strains, jazz and reggae, country music, and blues. Harris begins with an exploration of the powwow, from sacred ceremonies to intertribal gatherings. He examines the traditions of the Native American flute and its revival with artists such as two-time Grammy winners R. Carlos Nakai and Mary Youngblood. Singers and songwriters, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, and Joanne Shenandoah, provide insights into their music and their lives as American Indians. Harris also traces American Indian rock, reggae, punk, and pop over four decades, punctuating his survey with commentary from such artists as Tom Bee, founder of Native America's first rock band, XIT. Grammy-winner Taj Mahal recalls influential guitarist Jesse Ed Davis; ex-bandmates reflect on Rock Hall of Fame inductee Redbone; Robbie Robertson, Pura Fe, and Rita Coolidge describe how their groundbreaking 1993 album, Music for the Native Americans, evolved; and DJs A Tribe Called Red discuss their melding of archival powwow recordings into fiery dance music. The many voices and sounds that weave throughout Harris's engaging, accessible account portray a sonic landscape that defies stereotyping and continues to expand. Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow is the story - told by those who live it - of resisting a half-millennium of cultural suppression to create new sounds while preserving old roots. Listen in! Visit this book's page on the oupress.com website for a link to the book's Spotify playlist.

Ballads of the Lords of New Spain - The Codex Romances de los Senores de la Nueva Espana (Paperback, annotated edition): John... Ballads of the Lords of New Spain - The Codex Romances de los Senores de la Nueva Espana (Paperback, annotated edition)
John Bierhorst
R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Compiled in 1582, Ballads of the Lords of New Spain is one of the two principal sources of Nahuatl song, as well as a poetical window into the mindset of the Aztec people some sixty years after the conquest of Mexico. Presented as a cancionero, or anthology, in the mode of New Spain, the ballads show a reordering-but not an abandonment-of classic Aztec values. In the careful reading of John Bierhorst, the ballads reveal in no uncertain terms the pre-conquest Aztec belief in the warrior's paradise and in the virtue of sacrifice. This volume contains an exact transcription of the thirty-six Nahuatl song texts, accompanied by authoritative English translations. Bierhorst includes all the numerals (which give interpretive clues) in the Nahuatl texts and also differentiates the text from scribal glosses. His translations are thoroughly annotated to help readers understand the imagery and allusions in the texts. The volume also includes a helpful introduction and a larger essay, "On the Translation of Aztec Poetry," that discusses many relevant historical and literary issues. In Bierhorst's expert translation and interpretation, Ballads of the Lords of New Spain emerges as a song of resistance by a conquered people and the recollection of a glorious past. Announcing a New Digital Initiativehttp://www.lib.utexas.edu/books/utdigital/ UT Press, in a new collaboration with the University of Texas Libraries, will publish an interactive digital adaptation of the Ballads that will expand the scholarly content beyond what is possible to publish in book form. The web site, to launch in conjunction with the book in July 2009, includes all of the printed book plus scans of the original codex, a normative transcription, and space to interact with the author and other scholars, as well as art, audio, a map, and other related material. The digital Ballads will be open access, bringing one of the university's rare holdings to scholars around the world.

Argentina's Tango - The Best Ever Collection (Sheet music): Ricordi Argentina's Tango - The Best Ever Collection (Sheet music)
Ricordi
R908 R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Save R182 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This distinctive and sizable piano solo collection presents 99 authentic Argentine tangos. It truly is the "best ever collection" of this passionate genre. The book includes stylish black and white photographs on glossy paper, and four articles: on the history of the word "tango," on the specific history of the Argentine tango, on rhythm in the tango, and on the characteristic dance figures. There is a section of lyrics in the back of the collection. 228 pages.

Romance - Boleros Favoritos (Book): Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation Romance - Boleros Favoritos (Book)
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
R472 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R68 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Features 48 Spanish and Latin American favorites: Aquellos Ojos Verdes * Besame Mucho * El Reloj * Frenes * Inolvidable * La Vida Es Un Sueno * Perfidia * Siempre En Mi Corazon * Solamente Una Vez * more.

Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums (Paperback): Lincoln Goines, Robby Ameen Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums (Paperback)
Lincoln Goines, Robby Ameen
R605 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R54 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Designed for drummers and bass players, this book/CD lays out a step-by-step approach to combining Afro-Cuban rhythms with rock, funk and jazz.

Latin Jazz - The Other Jazz (Book): Christopher Washburne Latin Jazz - The Other Jazz (Book)
Christopher Washburne
R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Jazz has always been a genre built on the blending of disparate musical cultures. Latin jazz illustrates this perhaps better than any other style in this rich tradition, yet its cultural heritage has been all but erased from narratives of jazz history. Told from the perspective of a long-time jazz insider, Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz corrects the record, providing a historical account that embraces the genre's international nature and explores the dynamic interplay of economics, race, ethnicity, and nationalism that shaped it.

World Music and the Black Atlantic - Producing and Consuming African-Cuban Musics on World Music Stages (Paperback): Aleysia K.... World Music and the Black Atlantic - Producing and Consuming African-Cuban Musics on World Music Stages (Paperback)
Aleysia K. Whitmore
R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In the mid-20th century, African musicians took up Cuban music as their own and claimed it as a marker of black Atlantic connections and of cosmopolitanism untethered from European colonial relations. Today, Cuban/African bands popular in Africa in the 1960s and '70s have moved into the world music scene in Europe and North America, and world music producers and musicians have created new West African-Latin American collaborations expressly for this market niche. World Music and the Black Atlantic follows two of these bands, Orchestra Baobab and AfroCubism, and the industry and audiences that surround them-from musicians' homes in West Africa, to performances in Europe and North America, to record label offices in London. World Music and the Black Atlantic examines the intensely transnational experiences of musicians, industry personnel, and audiences as they collaboratively produce, circulate, and consume music in a specific post-colonial era of globalization. Musicians, industry personnel, and audiences work with and push against one another as they engage in personal collaborations imbued with histories of global travel and trade. They move between and combine Cuban and Malian melodies, Norwegian and Senegalese markets, and histories of slavery and independence as they work together to create international commodities. Understanding the unstable and dynamic ways these peoples, musics, markets, and histories intersect elucidates how world music actors assert their places within, and produce knowledge about, global markets, colonial histories, and the black Atlantic. World Music and the Black Atlantic offers a nuanced view of a global industry that is informed and deeply marked by diverse transnational perspectives and histories of transatlantic exchange.

Music, Modernity, and Publicness in India (Hardcover): Tejaswini Prof. Niranjana Music, Modernity, and Publicness in India (Hardcover)
Tejaswini Prof. Niranjana
R1,572 Discovery Miles 15 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of essays that focus on the role of music in the formation of a public in India across the twentieth century, Music, Modernity, and Publicness in India looks at different regions, languages, and different genres and styles of music. Modernity fundamentally changed the relationship between private and public realms. New social arrangements gave rise to new forms of music making, with the musicians no longer performing exclusively in the princely courts or in the private homes of the wealthy. Not only did the act of listening to, and appreciating music became an important feature of public life in modern times, it also influenced how modernity itself took shape. Music became a key site for the articulation of questions of the public and of politics, and the essays in this volume look at various such aspects, from the formation of modern spaces of performance, certain forms of music assuming the status of classic, creation of a national and nationalistic tradition, and circulation of music in popular politics to broadcast technology. Through exploring these diverse inter-disciplinary questions relating to music, musicians, and their audiences, the volume provides new entry-points for the discussion of music and modern-day cultural practice in India.

Jump Up! - Caribbean Carnival Music in New York (Paperback): Ray Allen Jump Up! - Caribbean Carnival Music in New York (Paperback)
Ray Allen
R842 Discovery Miles 8 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Jump Up! Caribbean Carnival Music in New York City is the first comprehensive history of Trinidadian calypso and steelband music in the diaspora. Carnival, transplanted from Trinidad to Harlem in the 1930s and to Brooklyn in the late 1960s, provides the cultural context for the study. Blending oral history, archival research, and ethnography, Jump Up! examines how members of New York's diverse Anglophile-Caribbean communities forged transnational identities through the self-conscious embrace and transformation of select Carnival music styles and performances. The work fills a significant void in our understanding of how Caribbean Carnival music-specifically calypso, soca (soul/calypso), and steelband-evolved in the second half of the twentieth century as it flowed between its Island homeland and its bourgeoning New York migrant community. Jump Up! addresses the issues of music, migration, and identity head on, exploring the complex cycling of musical practices and the back-and-forth movement of singers, musicians, arrangers, producers, and cultural entrepreneurs between New York's diasporic communities and the Caribbean.

Classic Wedding Songs - 15 Traditional Favorites - The Phillip Keveren Series (Book): Phillip Keveren Classic Wedding Songs - 15 Traditional Favorites - The Phillip Keveren Series (Book)
Phillip Keveren
R231 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R39 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

(Piano Solo Songbook). Keveren's lovely piano solo arrangements of these wedding classics: Air on the G String * Ave Maria * Bridal Chorus * Canon in D * Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring * Morning Has Broken * Rondeau * Trumpet Tune * Trumpet Voluntary * Wedding March * more.

American Negro Songs (230) (Book): John W. Work American Negro Songs (230) (Book)
John W. Work
R362 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R55 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Tracing the African influences of songs sung and played by black Americans at work, in church, and as entertainment, this historical and critical survey discusses the lyric significance of such songs as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Steal Away to Jesus," "John Henry," and others. In addition, the words and music for 230 songs appear, including "Study War No More," "Keep Me from Sinking Down," "You May Bury Me in the East," "Rock of Ages," "Go Tell It on the Mountain," and many more. Bibliography. Index of Song Titles.

The Latin Real Book (C Version) (English, Portuguese, Spanish, Spiral bound, C version): The Latin Real Book (C Version) (English, Portuguese, Spanish, Spiral bound, C version)
R1,202 R1,090 Discovery Miles 10 900 Save R112 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the only professional-level Latin fake book ever published! It features nearly 600 pages of the best in contemporary and classic Latin jazz, salsa and Brazilian music, with detailed transcriptions - exactly as recorded - to help bands play in authentic Latin styles. Many tunes include bass lines for each section, piano montunos, and horn counter-lines. Includes a bilingual foreword and vocabulary listing, song lyrics in Spanish, Portuguese and/or English, a rhythm section appendix, sources for the recordings, and convenient spiral binding. Outstanding artists represented include: Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Puerto Rico All-Stars, Tito Puente, Irakere, Los Van Van, Ivan Lins, Tom Jobim, Toninho Horta, Joao Bosco, Milton Nascimento, Airto, Mario Bauza, Dizzy Gillespie, Daniel Ponce, Seis Del Solar, Chick Corea, Arsenio Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, Perez Prado, Orquesta Sensacion, and many more! Includes 177 songs: Afro Blue * Alonzo * Amantes * Amor * Armando's Rumba * Bacchanal * Brasileiro * Cachita * Claudia * Club Morocco * Contigo En La Distancia * Cubanita * Dejame Sonar * Don Quixote * E' * Entregate * Estoy Como Nunca * Frevo * Guarare * Indiferencia * Jogral * Juan Pachanga * Kalinda * La Vida Es Un Sueno * Lagrimas Negras * Lamento Borincano * Linda Chicana * Lo Que Va A Pasar * Midnight Mambo * Novena * Rio * Sabor * Sambadouro * Song for Chano * Soy Antillana * Y Hoy Como Ayer * Y Tu, Que Has Hecho? * more!

World Music and the Black Atlantic - Producing and Consuming African-Cuban Musics on World Music Stages (Hardcover): Aleysia K.... World Music and the Black Atlantic - Producing and Consuming African-Cuban Musics on World Music Stages (Hardcover)
Aleysia K. Whitmore
R2,200 Discovery Miles 22 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the mid-20th century, African musicians took up Cuban music as their own and claimed it as a marker of black Atlantic connections and of cosmopolitanism untethered from European colonial relations. Today, Cuban/African bands popular in Africa in the 1960s and '70s have moved into the world music scene in Europe and North America, and world music producers and musicians have created new West African-Latin American collaborations expressly for this market niche. World Music and the Black Atlantic follows two of these bands, Orchestra Baobab and AfroCubism, and the industry and audiences that surround them-from musicians' homes in West Africa, to performances in Europe and North America, to record label offices in London. World Music and the Black Atlantic examines the intensely transnational experiences of musicians, industry personnel, and audiences as they collaboratively produce, circulate, and consume music in a specific post-colonial era of globalization. Musicians, industry personnel, and audiences work with and push against one another as they engage in personal collaborations imbued with histories of global travel and trade. They move between and combine Cuban and Malian melodies, Norwegian and Senegalese markets, and histories of slavery and independence as they work together to create international commodities. Understanding the unstable and dynamic ways these peoples, musics, markets, and histories intersect elucidates how world music actors assert their places within, and produce knowledge about, global markets, colonial histories, and the black Atlantic. World Music and the Black Atlantic offers a nuanced view of a global industry that is informed and deeply marked by diverse transnational perspectives and histories of transatlantic exchange.

Musica Tipica Cumbia - And the Rise of Musical Nationalism in Panama (Book): Sean Bellaviti Musica Tipica Cumbia - And the Rise of Musical Nationalism in Panama (Book)
Sean Bellaviti
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Panama Canal is a world-famous site central to the global economy, but the social, cultural, and political history of the country along this waterway is little known outside its borders. In Musica Tipica, author Sean Bellaviti sheds light on a key element of Panamanian culture, namely the story of cumbia or, as Panamanians frequently call it, "musica tipica," a form of music that enjoys unparalleled popularity throughout Panama. Through extensive archival and ethnographic research, Bellaviti reconstructs a twentieth-century social history that illuminates the crucial role music has played in the formation of national identities in Latin America. Focusing, in particular, on the relationship between cumbia and the rise of populist Panamanian nationalism in the context of U.S. imperialism, Bellaviti argues that this hybrid musical form, which forges links between the urban and rural as well as the modern and traditional, has been essential to the development of a sense of nationhood among Panamanians. With their approaches to musical fusion and their carefully curated performance identities, cumbia musicians have straddled some of the most pronounced schisms in Panamanian society.

Listening to War - Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq (Paperback): J. Martin Daughtry Listening to War - Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq (Paperback)
J. Martin Daughtry
R501 Discovery Miles 5 010 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

To witness war is, in large part, to hear it. And to survive it is, among other things, to have listened to it-and to have listened through it. Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq is a groundbreaking study of the centrality of listening to the experience of modern warfare. Based on years of ethnographic interviews with U.S. military service members and Iraqi civilians, as well as on direct observations of wartime Iraq, author J. Martin Daughtry reveals how these populations learned to extract valuable information from the ambient soundscape while struggling with the deleterious effects that it produced in their ears, throughout their bodies, and in their psyches. Daughtry examines the dual-edged nature of sound-its potency as a source of information and a source of trauma-within a sophisticated conceptual frame that highlights the affective power of sound and the vulnerability and agency of individual auditors. By theorizing violence through the prism of sound and sound through the prism of violence, Daughtry provides a productive new vantage point for examining these strangely conjoined phenomena. Two chapters dedicated to wartime music in Iraqi and U.S. military contexts show how music was both an important instrument of the military campaign and the victim of a multitude of violent acts throughout the war. A landmark work within the study of conflict, sound studies, and ethnomusicology, Listening to War will expand your understanding of the experience of armed violence, and the experience of sound more generally. At the same time, it provides a discrete window into the lives of individual Iraqis and Americans struggling to orient themselves within the fog of war.

Performing Zimbabwe - A transdisciplinary study of Zimbabwean music (Paperback): Luis Gimenez Amoros, Maurice Taonezvi Vambe Performing Zimbabwe - A transdisciplinary study of Zimbabwean music (Paperback)
Luis Gimenez Amoros, Maurice Taonezvi Vambe
R260 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R36 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Performing Zimbabwe presents a transdisciplinary analysis of Zimbabwean music, drawing from different disciplines such as sociology, ethnomusicology, history, journalism, development studies, English, philology and drama. It offers a re-evaluation of Zimbabwean music by Zimbabwean scholars and, in so doing, reconsiders the work of international academics on the subject. It thus highlights the significance of local scholars in the study of Zimbabwean music. Given that this book features a wide range of perspectives, it provides a solid foundation for future studies on Zimbabwean music, either historically in the precolonial and colonial periods, or in the contemporary postcolonial period.

A Change Is Gonna Come - Music, Race & the Soul of America (Paperback, Revised ed.): Craig Werner A Change Is Gonna Come - Music, Race & the Soul of America (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Craig Werner
R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

." . . extraordinarily far-reaching. . . . highly accessible."
-"Notes"
"No one has written this way about music in a long, long time. Lucid, insightful, with real spiritual, political, intellectual, and emotional grasp of the whole picture. A book about why music matters, and how, and to whom."
-Dave Marsh, author of "Louie, Louie" and "Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story"
"This book is urgently needed: a comprehensive look at the various forms of black popular music, both as music and as seen in a larger social context. No one can do this better than Craig Werner."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
"[Werner has] mastered the extremely difficult art of writing about music as both an aesthetic and social force that conveys, implies, symbolizes, and represents ideas as well as emotion, but without reducing its complexities and ambiguities to merely didactic categories."
-"African American Review"
"A Change Is Gonna Come" is the story of more than four decades of enormously influential black music, from the hopeful, angry refrains of the Freedom movement, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million Man March; from Woodstock's "Summer of Love" to the war in Vietnam and the race riots that inspired Marvin Gaye to write "What's Going On."
Originally published in 1998, "A Change Is Gonna Come" drew the attention of scholars and general readers alike. This new edition, featuring four new and updated chapters, will reintroduce Werner's seminal study of black music to a new generation of readers.
Craig Werner is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and author of many books, including "Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse" and "Up Around the Bend: An Oral History of Creedence Clearwater Revival." His most recent book is "Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Sou"l.

Konnakkol Manual - An Advanced Course in Solkattu (Paperback): David P. Nelson Konnakkol Manual - An Advanced Course in Solkattu (Paperback)
David P. Nelson
R727 R582 Discovery Miles 5 820 Save R145 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

David Nelson wrote and compiled Konnakkol Manual to assist teaching an advanced course in the rhythmic compositions of Karnatak (South Indian) music. This new instructional book picks up where his previous book, Solkattu Manual, left off. It includes advanced exercises for developing control of odd pulse divisions, such as three and five notes per beat. There is a chapter on the sources of Karnatak taas (meters), and another on the evolution of rhythmic compositions-told through the work of three generations of musicians. The main body of the book comprises full tani avartanams (spoken percussion solos) in three taas, together with instructions for practice, and Solkattu notation. Nelson created 150 instructional videos to accompany the text. They are accessible at wesleyan.edu/wespress/konnakkol/.

New Jersey Folk Revival Music - History & Tradition (Paperback): Michael C Gabriele New Jersey Folk Revival Music - History & Tradition (Paperback)
Michael C Gabriele
R473 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R79 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Minqar-I Musiqar - Hazrat Inayat Khan's Classic 1912 Work on Indian Musical Theory and Practice (Paperback, Paper... The Minqar-I Musiqar - Hazrat Inayat Khan's Classic 1912 Work on Indian Musical Theory and Practice (Paperback, Paper ed.)
Hazrat Inayat Khan; Translated by Allyn Miner, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
R744 Discovery Miles 7 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Critical Themes in World Music - A Reader for Excursions in World Music, Eighth Edition (Paperback): Timothy Rommen Critical Themes in World Music - A Reader for Excursions in World Music, Eighth Edition (Paperback)
Timothy Rommen
R850 Discovery Miles 8 500 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Critical Themes in World Music is a reader of nine short essays by the authors of the successful Excursions in World Music, Eighth Edition, edited by Timothy Rommen and Bruno Nettl. The essays introduce key and contemporary themes in ethnomusicology-gender and sexuality, coloniality and race, technology and media, sound and space, and more-creating a counterpoint to the area studies approach of the textbook, a longstanding model for thinking about the musics of the world. Instructors can use this flexible resource as a primary or secondary path through the materials, on its own, or in concert with Excursions in World Music, allowing for a more complete understanding that highlights the many continuities and connections that exist between musical communities, regardless of region. Critical Themes in World Music presents a critically-minded, thematic study of ethnomusicology, one that serves to counterbalance, complicate, and ultimately complement the companion textbook.

Audible Infrastructures (Paperback): Kyle Devine, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier Audible Infrastructures (Paperback)
Kyle Devine, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier
R953 Discovery Miles 9 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Our day-to-day musical enjoyment seems so simple, so easy, so automatic. Songs instantly emanate from our computers and phones, at any time of day. The tools for playing and making music, such as records and guitars, wait for us in stores, ready for purchase and use. And when we no longer need them, we can leave them at the curb, where they disappear effortlessly and without a trace. These casual engagements often conceal the complex infrastructures that make our musical cultures possible. Audible Infrastructures takes readers to the sawmills, mineshafts, power grids, telecoms networks, transport systems, and junk piles that seem peripheral to musical culture and shows that they are actually pivotal to what music is, how it works, and why it matters. Organized into three parts dedicated to the main phases in the social life and death of musical commodities - resources and production, circulation and transmission, failure and waste - this book provides a concerted archaeology of music's media infrastructures. As contributors reveal the material-environmental realities and political-economic conditions of music and listening, they open our eyes to the hidden dimensions of how music is made, delivered, and disposed of. In rethinking our responsibilities as musicians and listeners, this book calls for nothing less than a reconsideration of how music comes to sound.

The Other Classical Musics - Fifteen Great Traditions (Hardcover): Michael Church The Other Classical Musics - Fifteen Great Traditions (Hardcover)
Michael Church
R704 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R69 (10%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Creative Communication 2015 There is a treasure trove of underappreciated music out there; this book will convince many to explore it. The Economist What is classical music? This book answers the question in a manner never before attempted, by presenting the history of fifteen parallel traditions, of which Western classical music is just one. Each music is analysed in terms of its modes, scales, and theory; its instruments, forms, and aesthetic goals; its historical development, golden age, and condition today; and the conventions governing its performance. The writers are leading ethnomusicologists, and their approach is based on the belief that music is best understood in the context of the culture which gave rise to it. By including Mande and Uzbek-Tajik music - plus North American jazz - in addition to the better-known styles of the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, the Far East, and South-East Asia, this book offers challenging new perspectives on the word 'classical'. It shows the extent to which most classical traditions are underpinned by improvisation, and reveals the cognate origins of seemingly unrelated musics; it reflects the multifarious ways in which colonialism, migration, and new technology have affected musical development, and continue to do today. With specialist language kept to a minimum, it's designed to help both students and general readers to appreciate musical traditions which may be unfamiliar to them, and to encounter the reality which lies behind that lazy adjective 'exotic'. MICHAEL CHURCH has spent much of his career in newspapers as a literary and arts editor; since 2010 he has been the music and opera critic of The Independent. From 1992 to 2005 he reported on traditional musics all over the world for the BBC World Service; in 2004, Topic Records released a CD of his Kazakh field recordings and, in 2007, two further CDs of his recordings in Georgia and Chechnya. Contributors: Michael Church, Scott DeVeaux, Ivan Hewett, David W. Hughes, Jonathan Katz, Roderic Knight, Frank Kouwenhoven, Robert Labaree, Scott Marcus, Terry E. Miller, Dwight F. Reynolds, Neil Sorrell, Will Sumits, Richard Widdess, Ameneh Youssefzadeh

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