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The central point of this book is the realization that the creative work of Alban Berg, which in recent years has moved to the forefront of scholarly interest, is largely rooted in autobiography, so that therefore one can gain access to the music by studying the inner biography of its creator. Accordingly, the first of the three parts of this volume outlines a character portrait of this great composer. Part two considers the conditions relevant to a deeper understanding of Berg and of the Second Viennese School generally.
"I like accidents. I like to put myself in the way of musical harm. I like being at the wheel of that musical car, and aiming it at the wall, just to see what shape the car’s going to come out. It might come out an interesting shape that would have taken me forever to decide on otherwise."Complicated Game offers unique insight into the work of XTC founder Andy Partridge, one of Britain’s most original and influential songwriters. It is also an unprecedentedly revealing and instructive guide to how songs and records are made.D
In Sonic Virtuality: Sound as Emergent Perception, authors Mark Grimshaw and Tom Garner introduce a novel theory that positions sound within a framework of virtuality. Arguing against the acoustic or standard definition of sound as a sound wave, the book builds a case for a sonic aggregate as the virtual cloud of potentials created by perceived sound. The authors build on their recent work investigating the nature and perception of sound as used in computer games and virtual environments, and put forward a unique argument that sound is a fundamentally virtual phenomenon.
Grimshaw and Garner propose a new, fuller and more complete, definition of sound based on a perceptual view of sound that accounts more fully for cognition, emotion, and the wider environment. The missing facet is the virtuality: the idea that all sound arises from a sonic aggregate made up of actual and virtual sonic phenomena. The latter is a potential that depends upon human cognition and emotion for its realization as sound. This thesis is explored through a number of philosophical, cognitive, and psychological concepts including: issues of space, self, sonosemantics, the uncanny, hyper-realism, affect, Gettier problems, belief, alief, imagination, and sound perception in the absence of sound sensation.
Provocative and original, Grimshaw and Garner’s ideas have broader implications for our relationship to technology, our increasingly digital lives, and the nature of our being within our supposed realities. Students and academics from philosophy to acoustics and across the broad spectrum of digital humanities will find this accessible book full of challenging concepts and provocative ideas.
The fun and easy way to learn to play the mandolin.
The newest addition to the highly successful Dummies instrument-instruction line, Mandolin For Dummies gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction on learning to play the mandolin. Following the time-tested Dummies format, Mandolin For Dummies provides a level of content and instruction greater than anything currently available.
Mandolin For Dummies breaks down the fundamentals of this instrument and provides the resources you need to practice and improve your ability over time.
Packed with individualised instruction on key mandolin-friendly musical styles, including Irish and Celtic,”old time” American music, blues, bluegrass, swing and jazz. Files available via download provide audio tracks from the book and exercises so you can play along and build your skills–almost 2 hours of music! Clear and useful photos and diagrams ensure you fret, strum and pick with precision.
Also includes a mandolin buying guide to help ensure you make the right purchases; tips on restringing mandolins, plus other DIY care and maintenance topics. If you’re an aspiring mandolin player, don’t fret! Mandolin For Dummies has you covered.
“The Art of Teaching Music” takes up important aspects of the art of music teaching ranging from organization to serving as conductor to dealing with the disconnect between the ideal of university teaching and the reality in the classroom. Writing for both established teachers and instructors on the rise, Estelle R. Jorgensen opens a conversation about the life and work of the music teacher. The author regards music teaching as interrelated with the rest of lived life, and her themes encompass pedagogical skills as well as matters of character, disposition, value, personality, and musicality.
This is an encyclopaedic, large-format book containing hundreds of illustrations. While not geared toward making conventional instruments, ‘Musical Instrument Design’ provides all the information that anyone (amateur or professional) should ever need to construct an amazingly wide variety of percussion, string, and wind instruments. Includes many designs along with parts lists and detailed construction instructions.
In Volume 2 of this nine-volume series, Professional Orchestration: Orchestrating the Melody Within the String Section is an historic breakthrough in orchestration instruction detailing for the first time 63 techniques previously known by only a few top professional film orchestrators, composers and arrangers applicable to both live performance and MIDI mock-ups. Loaded with references from 35 works with over 175 excerpts in large full page/full score format, the 63 techniques are referenced meticulously in the low, medium, high and very high registers.
From one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor and unlikely success out of the NYC club scene of the late ’80s and ’90s.
There were many reasons Moby was never going to make it as a DJ and musician in the New York club scene. This was the New York of Palladium; of Mars, Limelight, and Twilo; of unchecked, drug-fueled hedonism in pumping clubs where dance music was still largely underground, popular chiefly among working-class African Americans and Latinos.
David Cope’s signifcant theories of musical creativity as recombination are advocated articulately and aptly demonstrated through his ground-breaking EMI software program. Descriptions of the process give an insight into the working process of this system which allows for thinking about the elements of music in different ways.This book provides an excellent overview of what Cope has done as well as presents a scaled-down version of EMI, SARA, which allows any user to gain a feeling for the workings of the software.T
Adobe Audition is a professional audio editing and mixing workstation, and includes both broadcast and post-production facilities. This text adopts a systematic approach in explaining the concepts and techniques that are the basis of the software.
The author covers most popular styles, soloing and comping techniques in a perfect balance of theoretical and practical analysis of both written and performed music (the latter in correlated youtube video lessons, which are neatly indexed at his website). The one caveat is you need basic music reading skills, but given these, the book provides a clear and unintimidating way into beginning to work on any style covered in it.
The beginner’s guide to exploring, understanding, and rocking the world of dance music using the free LMMS digital audio workstation.Create the dance music you wanted. An experienced guide shows you the ropes.Learn from the best in dance music; its history, its people, and its genres.Learn the art of making music: from the way you set up your equipment, to polishing up your final mix.
This challenging play-along transcription book begins with Omar demonstrating several warm-up exercises for getting loose around the kit. In two exciting solo segments, his solo phrases are broken down and isolated into themes. Also included are solo phrases in a jazz style. A great book for groove, fill, and soloing.
Many people intuitively sense that there is a connection between mathematics and music. If nothing else, both involve counting. There is, of course, much more to the association. David Wright’s book is an investigation of the interrelationships between mathematics and music, reviewing the needed background concepts in each subject as they are encountered. Along the way, readers will augment their understanding of both mathematics and music. The text explores the common foundations of the two subjects, which are developed side by side.
This book was conceived to provide the player with tunes well within the comfort range of the recorder and written in manageable keys. The beautiful melodies and spirited dance tunes in this book was carefully selected from the O’Neill and Roche volumes both for their playability and to reflect the spirit of the people of Celtic lands. Guitar chords included.
A collection of Christmas and Hanukkah songs arranged for chromatic, diatonic, and cross harp. A unique, must have book for the harmonica enthusiast.
The Western musical tradition has produced not only music, but also countless writings about music that remain in continuous—and enormously influential—dialogue with their subject. With sweeping scope and philosophical depth, A Language of Its Own traces the past millennium of this ongoing exchange.Ruth Katz argues that the indispensible relationship between intellectual production and musical creation gave rise to the Western conception of music. This evolving and sometimes conflicted process, in turn, shaped the art form itself.
What is music, and why does it move us? From Pythagoras to the present, writers have struggled to isolate the essence of "pure" or "absolute" music in ways that also account for its profound effect. In Absolute Music: The History of an Idea, Mark Evan Bonds traces the history of these efforts across more than two millennia, paying special attention to the relationship between music’s essence and its qualities of form, expression, beauty, autonomy, as well as its perceived capacity to disclose philosophical truths.
In fifteen essays-one new, two newly revised and expanded, three with new postscripts-Kendall L. Walton wrestles with philosophical issues concerning music, metaphor, empathy, existence, fiction, and expressiveness in the arts. These subjects are intertwined in striking and surprising ways. By exploring connections among them, appealing sometimes to notions of imagining oneself in shoes different from one’s own, Walton creates a wide-ranging mosaic of innovative insights.
There has always been a close connection between physics and music. From the great days of ancient Greek science, ideas and speculations have passed backward and forward between natural philosophers (physicists) and musical theorists. Measured Tones: The Interplay of Physics and Music, Second Edition explores the story of that relationship in an entertaining and user-friendly way.
In Beyond the Score: Music as Performance, author Nicholas Cook supplants the traditional musicological notion of music as writing, asserting instead that it is as performance that music is loved, understood, and consumed. This book reconceives music as an activity through which meaning is produced in real time, as Cook rethinks familiar assumptions and develops new approaches. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on the Western ‘art’ tradition, Cook explores perspectives that range from close listening to computational analysis, from ethnography to the study of recordings, and from the social relations constructed through performance to the performing (and listening) body.
What, if anything, has art to do with the rest of our lives, and in particular with those ethical and political issues that matter to us most? Will art created today be likely to play a role in our lives as profound as that of the best art of the past? A Theory of Art shifts the focus of aesthetics from the traditional debate of "what is art?" to the engaging question of "what is art for?" Skillfully describing the social and historical situation of art today, author Karol Berger argues that music exemplifies the current condition of art in a radical, acute, and revealing fashion.
Get the scoop on iTunes 9 and all of the newest iPods with this bestselling Missing Manual. Apple’s gotten the world hooked on portable music, pictures, and videos with its amazing entertainment center, but one thing they haven’t delivered is an easy guide for getting the most out of it. That’s where this book comes in.
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