The Drummer's Path
Moving the Spirit With Ritual and Traditional Drumming
Paperback ISBN: 0892813598
An introduction to African drumming discusses the principles and power of traditional African rhythms and explains the basics of breath, posture, and orchestration in playing African music
The Kingdom of Zydeco
Paperback ISBN: 162872692x
An insightful history of the birth and development of zydeco music documents the many aspects that encompass the art form, including African-Caribbean rhythms, French-English lyrics, and dance styles, and details the popular and influential zydeco artists of today and yesterday.
How Music Works
Paperback ISBN: 0804188939
*UPDATED WITH NEW MATERIAL* How Music Works is musician and creative polymath David Byrne’s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form. From its very inceptions to the comprehensive influences that shape it, whether composed in a vast concert hall, via digital arrangement, or intimately by fireside on drums, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of experience to explore the panoptic elements of music and how it shapes the human experience. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with the Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life. Globally reaching in scale, but warmly inviting in tone, Byrne’s magnum opus reveals ever-new and thrilling realizations about the redemptive liberation that music brings us all. Praise for How Music Works “Brilliantly original
Paperback ISBN: 178125642x
Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to Big Topics Is music a science or an art? It's both, as Andrew Gant reveals in this lively and accessible account of what music is and what it's for. Music has been central to life since the dawn of humankind and is intimately bound up with the origins of language. Andrew Gant introduces us to its long history and its many genres and manifestations. He explains how composers compose, players play and singers sing. He looks at how musical styles develop, the ways they fall in and out of fashion, and why certain kinds of music - dancing and love songs, for example - is a universal in human culture. He considers how music is composed, the nature of genius and the workings of inspiration. He shows how music can be composed and used to stir patriotism, instill courage, reinforce identity, sell a product, or make a political point. And he goes beyond humans to examine music in the natural world in the creativity of birdsong. This is, in short, the ideal introduction to a very big subject.
Essays and Dialogues
Paperback ISBN: 0226429571
A collaboration between two of the most interesting voices in ethnomusicology, this volume explores two powerful themes: the "groove" of firsthand experience and participation in music and the "groove" of musical mediation and commodification through recordings. A number of the authors' most important essays, all revised and updated, are introduced and framed by dialogues that supply additional context, introduce retrospective concerns, and reveal connections. This format signals the authors' desire for a more reflexive, experimental discourse on music and society and invites readers to join their conversations. Music Grooves ranges from jazz, blues, polka, soul, rock, world beat, rap, karaoke, and other familiar genres to major scholarly debates in music theory, ethnomusicology, and popular culture studies. The authors develop and create links between the fields of ethnomusicology and popular culture studies and relate the contents of musics from America, Greece, Cuba, Africa, and Papua New Guinea to artists as diverse as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, L'il Wally Jagiello, Bo Diddley, Walt Solek, Madonna, Paul Simon, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Billie Holiday. Keil and Feld offer a fascinating view of the shaping of central ideas and terms in ethnomusicology such as "engendered feeling," "interpretive moves," "participatory discrepancies," "iconicity of style," "people's music," "schizophonia," and "lift-up-over sounding." From Keil's critique of Leonard Meyer's musicological approach to Feld's recent work on world beat, this volume covers an array of vital issues in media studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, popular culture, anthropology, and sociology. It will interest anyone concerned with the nature and meaning of music in the modern world.
Hardcover ISBN: 0824060350
Articles by scholars, performers, composers, and researchers of African music explain how music is made in Africa. After a general profile of the continent and its arts, material turns to themes and ideas that African music cultures have in common and specific musical practices in each region, with chapters on areas such as Yoruba popular music, music and healing, religious music in Kenya, and urban music in the new South Africa. Features a one-hour CD with music examples, plus b&w photos, maps, and discographies. For students, teachers, researchers, musicians, and world music lovers. The first volume in a ten-volume set exploring music of the world. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Listening to Performance
Hardcover ISBN: 0230354165
Acoustic Interculturalism is a study of the soundscapes of intercultural performance through the examination of sound's performativity. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, the book examines an akoumenological reception of sound to postulate the need for an acoustic knowing – an awareness of how sound shapes the intercultural experience.
The African Diaspora
A Musical Perspective
Hardcover ISBN: 0815323824
Presents musical case studies from various regions of the African diaspora, including Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe, that engage with broader interdisciplinary discussions about race, gender, politics, nationalism, and music. Contributors aim to address why music claims such a pride of place in the African diasporic imagination, and provide examples of the interweaving of local and global influences in the lives of musicians and their audiences. Some subjects include the globalization of jazz, Yoruba folk opera, and different versions of the 1939 song "Mbube" (also known as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). The editor is associate professor of music at Washington University in St. Louis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)