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Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia

"Aurality shows how hearing, writing, speech, and song were central to the constitution of modern personhood in the nineteenth century. Using Colombia as her grounding point, Ana María Ochoa Gautier explores the ways that colonial intellectuals, creoles, and indigenous people spoke, sung, and wrote across difference as they struggled to establish new kinds of political subjectivity and nationality. Based in deep, creative readings of...

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Wicked Theory, Naked Practice: A Fred Ho Reader

Ho’s passions for art and justice have always been linked—his music seeks to express his politics and his activism has injected revolution into his art. Wicked Theory, Naked Practice is a groundbreaking collection of Ho’s writings, speeches, and interviews of the past three decades on topics ranging from Mao to Coltrane, from Sun Ra to selling out, and from fighting oppression to battling cancer. His work insists on connections among...

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Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean

In Erotic Islands, Lyndon K. Gill maps a long queer presence at a crossroads of the Caribbean. This transdisciplinary book foregrounds the queer histories of Carnival, calypso, and HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. At its heart is an extension of Audre Lorde's use of the erotic as theory and methodology. Gill turns to lesbian/gay artistry and activism to insist on eros as an intertwined political-sensual-spiritual lens...

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Metaphors for the Musician: Perspectives from a Jazz Pianist

I can't seem to put this book down. Even if it's theory you are already familiar with, he really helps you to see it from a different perspective whilst helping you to get a clearer understanding. If you are looking to improve your skill & mastery of the jazz idiom, this book provides essential theory that can help you to develop a sound foundation to do just that. Excellent stuff. I've bought many books to help me on the road to...

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This Is Our Music

If you want a nuanced and multi-dimensional account of the rise and development of free jazz, you cannot do much better than this volume. The author rightly takes Ornette Coleman as his focal point in telling the story of the new explorations in jazz in the 1950s when traditional concepts of melody, harmony, and time keeping were questioned and expanded. The author adeptly discusses the musical and social aspects of free jazz or "the...

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Loadbang: Programming electronic music in Pure Data

This book is the result of my experience of teaching electronic music. Through the teaching process, I became familiar with the most common stumbling blocks students encounter — especially when the student's native language is not the language in which lessons are conducted. Pd (Pure Data) is a professional, high-performance programming language for electronic sound processing. It is open source , i.e. available for free on the Inter...

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The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What It Means Today

The concept of the avant garde is highly contested, whether one consigns it to history or claims it for present-day or future uses. The first volume of The Idea of the Avant Garde-And What It Means Today provided a lively forum on the kinds of radical art theory and partisan practices that are possible in today's world of global art markets and creative industry entrepreneurialism. This second volume presents the work of another fift...

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Writing the Field Recording: Sound, Word, Environment

A field recording is any audio recording made outside of the studio. Such recordings have lately become important to contemporary musicians, sound artists and environmentalists. However, less attention has been given to the relation of sound, as manifested in the theory and practice of the field recording, to writing. The 11 essays collected here take the recent explosion of interest in field recording as the point of departure for a...

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Tonal Harmony: With an Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music (7th edition)

For over two decades Tonal Harmony has been the leading text for the two-year theory curriculum for music majors. Used at nearly 800 schools, Tonal Harmony has been consistently praised for its practicality and ease of use for student and instructor alike. The straightforward approach is supported by well-chosen examples and thoughtful exercises, and the total presentation is compatible with differing teaching styles and theoretical ...

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Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener's Companion

Block conducts a tour through some lesser-known compositions alongside the great Beethoven masterworks, and in so doing, helps readers to hear more in the music than they did before. A timeline, musical glossary, bibliography, discography and index add to the book’s accessibility, where we can discover more about a specific time period or greater detail regarding particular compositions. The most recent addition to Rowman & Littl...