Nicholas Cook Music as Creative Practice

Until recently, ideas of creativity in music revolved around composers in garrets and the lone genius. But the last decade has witnessed a sea change: musical creativity is now overwhelmingly thought of in terms of collaboration and real-time performance. Music as Creative Practice is a first attempt to synthesize both perspectives. It begins by developing the idea that creativity arises out of social interaction-of which making music together is perhaps the clearest possible illustration-and then shows how the same thinking can be applied to the ostensively solitary practices of composition. The book also emphasizes the contextual dimensions of musical creativity, ranging from the prodigy phenomenon, long-term collaborative relationships within and beyond the family, and creative learning to the copyright system that is supposed to incentivize creativity but is widely seen as inhibiting it.
Read More... 20-03-2018, 11:23
Making Waves Traveling Musics in Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacificc

Musical sounds are some of the most mobile human elements, crossing national, cultural, and regional boundaries at an ever-increasing pace in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Whole musical products travel easily, though not necessarily intact, via musicians, CDs (and earlier, cassettes), satellite broadcasting, digital downloads, and streaming. The introductory chapter by the volume editors develops two framing metaphors: “traveling musics” and “making waves.” The wave-making metaphor illuminates the ways that traveling musics traverse flows of globalization and migration, initiating change, and generating energy of their own. Each of the nine contributors further examines music―its songs, makers, instruments, aurality, aesthetics, and images―as it crosses oceans, continents, and islands. In the process of landing in new homes, music interacts with older established cultural environments, sometimes in unexpected ways and with surprising results. They see these traveling musics in Hawai‘i, Asia, and the Pacific as “making waves”―that is, not only riding flows of globalism, but instigating ripples of change. What is the nature of those ripples? What constitutes some of the infrastructure for the wave itself? What are some of the effects of music landing on, transported to, or appropriated from distant shores? How does the Hawai‘i-Asia-Pacific context itself shape and get shaped by these musical waves? The two poetic and evocative metaphors allow the individual contributors great leeway in charting their own course while simultaneously referring back to the influence of their mentor and colleague Ricardo D. Trimillos, whom they identify as “the wave maker.” The volume attempts to position music as at once ritual and entertainment, esoteric and exoteric, tradition and creativity, within the cultural geographies of Hawai‘i, Asia, and the Pacific. In doing so, they situate music at the very core of global human endeavors.
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Ryan Diduck Mad Skills MIDI and Music Technology in the Twentieth Century

A history of electronic music that goes way beyond the Moog Part rigorous history, part insightful commentary, and part memoir, Mad Skills tells the story behind MIDI, aka the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, through the twentieth century's kaleidoscopic lens.
Read More... 13-03-2018, 09:44
Copyrights Excess Money and Music in the US Recording Industry

For more than two hundred years, copyright in the United States has rested on a simple premise: more copyright will lead to more money for copyright owners, and more money will lead to more original works of authorship. In this important, illuminating book, Glynn Lunney tests that premise by tracking the rise and fall of the sound recording copyright from 1961–2015, along with the associated rise and fall in sales of recorded music.
Read More... 11-03-2018, 16:24
Shoji Makino Audio Source Separation

This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the fascinating topic of audio source separation based on non-negative matrix factorization, deep neural networks, and sparse component analysis.
Read More... 6-03-2018, 15:00
3 Kings Diddy, Dr. Dre  Jay-Z, and Hip-Hops Multibillion-Dollar Rise by Zack O Malley Greenburg

Tracing the careers of hip-hop's three most dynamic stars, this deeply reported history brilliantly examines the entrepreneurial genius of the first musician tycoons: Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z
Read More... 6-03-2018, 09:53
Memphis Rent Party The Blues Rock and Soul in Musics Hometown

Profiles and stories of Southern music from the acclaimed author of Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. The fabled city of Memphis has been essential to American music–home of the blues, the birthplace of rock and roll, a soul music capital. We know the greatest hits, but celebrated author Robert Gordon takes us to the people and places history has yet to record. A Memphis native, he whiles away time in a crumbling duplex with blues legend Furry Lewis, stays up late with barrelhouse piano player Mose Vinson, and sips homemade whiskey at Junior Kimbrough's churning house parties. A passionate listener, he hears modern times deep in the grooves of old records by Lead Belly and Robert Johnson.
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Saturday Night at the Movies The Extraordinary Partnerships Behind Cinemas Greatest Scores

Discover the remarkable stories behind some of the most popular film music of all time From Jurassic Park to ­The Lord of the Rings, Vertigo to Titanic, a powerful score can make a movie truly extraordinary. The alchemy between composer and director creates pure cinematic magic, with songs and melodies that are instantly recognisable and eternally memorable. So what is their secret?
Read More... 1-03-2018, 11:04
Pierre Schæffer Treatise on Musical Objects An Essay across Disciplines

The Treatise on Musical Objects is regarded as Pierre Schaeffer’s most important work on music and its relationship with technology. Schaeffer expands his earlier research in musique concrète to suggest a methodology of working with sounds based on his experiences in radio broadcasting and the recording studio. Drawing on acoustics, physics, and physiology, but also on philosophy and the relationship between subject and object, Schaeffer’s essay summarizes his theoretical and practical work in music composition. Translators Christine North and John Dack present an important book in the history of ideas in Europe that will resonate far beyond electroacoustic music.
Read More... 27-02-2018, 17:44
Lamont U-God Hawkins Raw My Journey into the Wu-Tang

The Wu-Tang Clan is American hip-hop royalty. Rolling Stone called them the 'best rap group ever' and their debut album is considered one of the greatest of all time. Since 1992, they have released seven gold and platinum studio albums with sales of more than 40 million copies.
Read More... 27-02-2018, 14:39
Hal Leonard Corp Broadway Sheet Music Collection 2010-2017

(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). 39 favorites from contemporary Broadway hit shows are featured in this collection of piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Includes songs from: The Addams Family * Aladdin * The Book of Mormon * Bright Star * A Bronx Tale * Come from Away * Dear Evan Hansen * Hamilton * Kinky Boots * Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 * Newsies * Something Rotten! * Waitress * and more.
Read More... 26-02-2018, 13:50
Inner Sound Altered States of Consciousness in Electronic Music and Audio-Visual Media

Over the last century, developments in electronic music and art have enabled new possibilities for creating audio and audio-visual artworks. With this new potential has come the possibility for representing subjective internal conscious states, such as the experience of hallucinations, using digital technology. Combined with immersive technologies such as virtual reality goggles and high-quality loudspeakers, the potential for accurate simulations of conscious encounters such as Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs) is rapidly advancing.
Read More... 12-02-2018, 13:06
The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age

The economic geography of music is evolving as new digital technologies, organizational forms, market dynamics and consumer behavior continue to restructure the industry. This book is an international collection of case studies examining the spatial dynamics of today's music industry. Drawing on research from a diverse range of cities such as Santiago, Toronto, Paris, New York, Amsterdam, London, and Berlin, this volume helps readers understand how the production and consumption of music is changing at multiple scales – from global firms to local entrepreneurs; and, in multiple settings – from established clusters to burgeoning scenes. The volume is divided into interrelated sections and offers an engaging and immersive look at today's central players, processes, and spaces of music production and consumption. Academic students and researchers across the social sciences, including human geography, sociology, economics, and cultural studies, will find this volume helpful in answering questions about how and where music is financed, produced, marketed, distributed, curated and consumed in the digital age.
Read More... 8-02-2018, 15:30
Being Wagner The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived

Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy–a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.
Read More... 6-02-2018, 14:25
Bridging People and Sound 12th International Symposium

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-conference of the 12th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval, CMMR 2016, held in São Paulo, Brazil, in July 2016. The 22 full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 40 submissions.
Read More... 31-01-2018, 16:24
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