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How Musical Is Man

Author : John Blacking
ISBN : 0295953381
Genre : Music
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This important study in ethnomusicology is an attempt by the author -- a musician who has become a social anthropologist -- to compare his experiences of music-making in different cultures. He is here presenting new information resulting from his research into African music, especially among the Venda. Venda music, he discovered is in its way no less complex in structure than European music. Literacy and the invention of nation may generate extended musical structures, but they express differences of degree, and not the difference in kind that is implied by the distinction between ?art? and ?folk? music. Many, if not all, of music's essential processes may be found in the constitution of the human body and in patterns of interaction of human bodies in society. Thus all music is structurally, as well as functionally, ?folk? music in the sense that music cannot be transmitted of have meaning without associations between people. If John Blacking's guess about the biological and social origins of music is correct, or even only partly correct, it would generate new ideas about the nature of musicality, the role of music in education and its general role in societies which (like the Venda in the context of their traditional economy) will have more leisure time as automation increases.
Category: Music

Music Culture And Experience

Author : John Blacking
ISBN : 9780226088303
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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One of the most important ethnomusicologists of the century, John Blacking achieved international recognition for his book, How Musical Is Man? Known for his interest in the relationship of music to biology, psychology, dance, and politics, Blacking was deeply committed to the idea that music-making is a fundamental and universal attribute of the human species. He attempted to document the ways in which music-making expresses the human condition, how it transcends social divisions, and how it can be used to improve the quality of human life. This volume brings together in one convenient source eight of Blacking's most important theoretical papers along with an extensive introduction by the editor. Drawing heavily on his fieldwork among the Venda people of South Africa, these essays reveal his most important theoretical themes such as the innateness of musical ability, the properties of music as a symbolic or quasi-linguistic system, the complex relation between music and social institutions, and the relation between scientific musical analysis and cultural understanding.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

In The Houses Of The Holy

Author : Susan Fast
ISBN : 0198033591
Genre : Music
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This volume examines the powerful ways in which identity can be shaped by rock music. Through the music, imagery and discourse surrounding one of the most innovative and commercially successful rock bands ever, Susan Fast probes such issues as constructions of gender and sexuality, the creation of myth and the use of ritual, the appropriation of Eastern musics and the blues, the physicality of the music, and the use of the body in performance. The band's influence is examined through socially-situated musical analysis, as well as an ethnographic study of Led Zeppelin fans. Fast draws on academic and journalistic writing as well as a new interview with band member John Paul Jones. Specific pieces examined include "Dazed and Confused," "Kashmir," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Whole Lotta Love."
Category: Music

The Musical Ear

Author : Anne Dhu McLucas
ISBN : 1409432904
Genre : Music
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The Musical Ear: Oral Tradition in the USA provides a wide-ranging look at the role played by music that is passed on orally without the use of notation, in the folk, popular and art musics of North America. In order to study the process and to find the common elements, McLucas provides an overview of recent research on the brain and memory in order to help the reader understand the inner workings of oral tradition.
Category: Music

Music In The Late Twentieth Century

Author : Richard Taruskin
ISBN : 9780199795932
Genre : Music
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The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the story of Western music from its earliest days to the present. Each book in this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a representative sampling of masterworks-the themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to a significant period in the history of Western music. Music in the Late Twentieth Century is the final installment of the set, covering the years from the end of World War II to the present. In these pages, Taruskin illuminates the great compositions of recent times, offering insightful analyses of works by Aaron Copland, John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Benjamin Britten, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass, among many others. He also looks at the impact of electronic music and computers, the rise of pop music and rock 'n' roll, the advent of postmodernism, and the contemporary music of Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, and John Adams. Laced with brilliant observations, memorable musical analysis, and a panoramic sense of the interactions between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music, this book will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand this rich and diverse period.
Category: Music

Theory Of The Artificial

Author : Massimo Negrotti
ISBN : 1871516552
Genre : Computers
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The Theory of the Artificial aims at what happens when people try to reproduce a natural object or process in the scientific fields, from artificial intelligence to bio-engineering, and also in art and communication where the reproduction process is itself a central issue. What does it mean to create the artificial? What are its limits? What are the features of an object built to reproduce natural objects or processes? As observations are linked to the generation of both mental and cultural representations, these pages allow the reader to discover common features between artificial objects or processes - like the general selective character of each attempt to reproduce reality. This book is enriched by many illustrations, ranging from technological objects to the more artistic, helping the reader to understand the common lines that define the artificial.
Category: Computers

A Commonsense View Of All Music

Author : John Blacking
ISBN : 0521319242
Genre : Music
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John Blacking restates and reflects upon observations and attitudes relevant to contemporary problems of ethnomusicology and music education.
Category: Music

The Performing Arts

Author : Congrès international des sciences anthropologiques et ethnologiques, 9e, Chicago, Ill., 1973
ISBN : 9027978700
Genre : Music
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Uptown Conversation

Author : Professor of English and African-American Studies Robert O'Meally
ISBN : 0231123515
Genre : Literary Criticism
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'Uptown Conversation' asserts that jazz is not only a music to define, it is a culture. The essays illustrate how for more than a century jazz has initiated a call and response across art forms, geographies, and cultures, inspiring musicians, filmmakers, painters and poets.
Category: Literary Criticism