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A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation

A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation

  • Author: John Corbett
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022635380X
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 172
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John Corbett has written a tiny pocket guide to aid novices and devotees alike in listening to and understanding free, improvised music. The term improvised music can mean many things: but in this book the focus is on experimental music that does not have a structured song or tune, and that operates mainly in the vein of jazz or a jazz hybrid (blues, etc.). There are elegant discussions of music fundamentals (rhythm, duration, interaction dynamics, transitions, personal vocabulary), advanced techniques for listening and watching in live concerts, excellent analysis grounded in anecdote about the role of the audience, ambiguity, as well as historical anecdotes and thoughts on what it means to be a listener and what role music might have in our lives. The tone is light, with a serious undertone. "

Free Jazz

Free Jazz

A Research and Information Guide

  • Author: Jeff Schwartz
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1315311755
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 388
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Free Jazz: A Research and Information Guide offers carefully selected and annotated sources on free jazz, with comprehensive coverage of English-language academic books, journal articles, and dissertations, and selective coverage of trade books, popular periodicals, documentary films, scores, Masters’ theses, online texts, and materials in other languages. Free Jazz will be a major reference tool for students, faculty, librarians, artists, scholars, critics, and serious fans navigating this literature.

Pick Up the Pieces

Pick Up the Pieces

Excursions in Seventies Music

  • Author: John Corbett
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022660487X
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 400
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Unless you lived through the 1970s, it seems impossible to understand it at all. Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest—from our 2018 perspective, the seventies are often remembered as a bizarre blur of bohemianism and disco. With Pick Up the Pieces, John Corbett transports us back in time to this thrillingly tumultuous era through a playful exploration of its music. Song by song, album by album, he draws our imaginations back into one of the wildest decades in history. Rock. Disco. Pop. Soul. Jazz. Folk. Funk. The music scene of the 1970s was as varied as it was exhilarating, but the decade’s diversity of sound has never been captured in one book before now. Pick Up the Pieces gives a panoramic view of the era’s music and culture through seventy-eight essays that allow readers to dip in and out of the decade at random or immerse themselves completely in Corbett’s chronological journey. An inviting mix of skilled music criticism and cultural observation, Pick Up the Pieces is also a coming-of-age story, tracking the author’s absorption in music as he grows from age seven to seventeen. Along with entertaining personal observations and stories, Corbett includes little-known insights into musicians from Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, and Fleetwood Mac to the Residents, Devo, Gal Costa, and Julius Hemphill. A master DJ on the page, Corbett takes us through the curated playlist that is Pick Up the Pieces with captivating melody of language and powerful enthusiasm for the era. This funny, energetic book will have readers longing nostalgically for a decade long past.

Vinyl Freak

Vinyl Freak

Love Letters to a Dying Medium

  • Author: John Corbett
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822373157
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 264
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From scouring flea markets and eBay to maxing out their credit cards, record collectors will do just about anything to score a long-sought-after album. In Vinyl Freak, music writer, curator, and collector John Corbett burrows deep inside the record fiend’s mind, documenting and reflecting on his decades-long love affair with vinyl. Discussing more than 200 rare and out-of-print LPs, Vinyl Freak is composed in part of Corbett's long-running DownBeat magazine column of the same name, which was devoted to records that had not appeared on CD. In other essays where he combines memoir and criticism, Corbett considers the current vinyl boom, explains why vinyl is his preferred medium, profiles collector subcultures, and recounts his adventures assembling the Alton Abraham Sun Ra Archive, an event so all-consuming that he claims it cured his record-collecting addiction. Perfect for vinyl newbies and veteran crate diggers alike, Vinyl Freak plumbs the motivations that drive Corbett and collectors everywhere.

Jazz, a Listener's Guide

Jazz, a Listener's Guide

  • Author: James McCalla
  • Publisher: Pearson College Division
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 216
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Drawn from the author's on-air and in-person seminar, this introduction to jazz is written in a personal, informal style and requires no musical background. Focuses on guiding the beginning listener's ear, not on memorizing musical facts. Introduces musical terms and concepts only as needed, and always in connection to specific musical compositions. Discusses "what happens" and "when it happens" to alert listeners to various musical features. Offers almost 200 musical selections—many new to the Third Edition—compiled from Smithsonian anthologies like The Jazz Singers and from currently available commercial recordings. Perfect for musicians looking to brush up on jazz history, or for any music/jazz enthusiast who wants to learn more about the subject.

Listeners Guide to Musical Understanding

Listeners Guide to Musical Understanding

  • Author: Leon Dallin
  • Publisher: WCB/McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 9780697034335
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 354
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Music of the Common Tongue

Music of the Common Tongue

Survival and Celebration in African American Music

  • Author: Christopher Small
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • ISBN: 9780819572257
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 509
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In clear and elegant prose, Music of the Common Tongue, first published in 1987, argues that by any reasonable reckoning of the function of music in human life the African American tradition, that which stems from the collision between African and European ways of doing music which occurred in the Americas and the Caribbean during and after slavery, is the major western music of the twentieth century. In showing why this is so, the author presents not only an account of African American music from its origins but also a more general consideration of the nature of the music act and of its function in human life. The two streams of discussion occupy alternate chapters so that each casts light on the other. The author offers also an answer to what the Musical Times called the "seldom posed though glaringly obtrusive" question: "why is it that the music of an alienated, oppressed, often persecuted black minority should have made so powerful an impact on the entire industrialized world, whatever the color of its skin or economic status?"

The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music

The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music

  • Author: Roger T. Dean
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780199715930
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 624
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The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music offers a state-of-the-art cross-section of the most field-defining topics and debates in computer music today. A unique contribution to the field, it situates computer music in the broad context of its creation and performance across the range of issues - from music cognition to pedagogy to sociocultural topics - that shape contemporary discourse in the field. Fifty years after musical tones were produced on a computer for the first time, developments in laptop computing have brought computer music within reach of all listeners and composers. Production and distribution of computer music have grown tremendously as a result, and the time is right for this survey of computer music in its cultural contexts. An impressive and international array of music creators and academics discuss computer music's history, present, and future with a wide perspective, including composition, improvisation, interactive performance, spatialization, sound synthesis, sonification, and modeling. Throughout, they merge practice with theory to offer a fascinating look into computer music's possibilities and enduring appeal.

How Music Works

How Music Works

A Listener?s Guide to Harmony, Keys, Broken Chords, Perfect Pitch and the Secrets of a Good Tune

  • Author: John Powell
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 1846143152
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 272
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�What is the difference between a musical note and any other sort of sound? �What is harmony, and why does it sound good? �Why is it easy to tell the difference between a flute and a clarinet even if they are playing exactly the same note? �Why do ten violins sound only twice as loud as one? �What is perfect pitch, and do I have it? Discover the answers to these and many other questions in John Powell�s charming, straight-talking and ear-opening guide to what music is and how exactly it works. Written by a composer with a PhD in physics, How Music Works is a unique and entertaining guide. Opening up the world of acoustics and the science of music to deepen our appreciation and understanding of what we listen to, How Music Works covers subjects from the difference between how we hear a musical note and any other kind of sound, to a brief history of the scale system, why a run of arpeggios sounds �romantic� and why a flute sounds different to a clarinet. The perfect book for players and listeners alike.

I Know what I Know

I Know what I Know

The Music of Charles Mingus

  • Author: Todd S. Jenkins
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780275981020
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 196
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This chronologically arranged study serves as an insightful guide and helpful overview of jazz composer and performer Charles Mingus's complete body of work.