Dr. Paul Carr

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Dr Paul Carr is Reader in Popular Music Analysis at the ATRiuM, University of South Wales, in Cardiff. His research interests focus on the areas of musicology, widening access, the music industry and pedagogical frameworks for music related education – publishing extensively in all of these areas.  He is also an experienced performing musician, having toured and recorded with artists as diverse as The James Taylor Quartet and ex Miles Davis saxophonist Bob Berg. His most recent book is an edited collection for Ashgate  – Frank Zappa and the And: A Contextual Analysis of his Legacy (2013). He is currently working on a monograph on Sting, due for publication in 2016. For information on consultancy services, please see the tab above.

QUALIFICATIONS 

Doctor of Philosophy: 2004

Hertfordshire University (2004), supervised by Gavin Bryars

‘The Assimilation of Jazz Aesthetics in the Work of Post 1970s Electric Guitarist Composers’

LLCM (TD): 1994. Licentiate of the London College of Music (Teacher’s Diploma)

BA (hons) Music (2.1): 1993. Middlesex University

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)

CURRENT POSITION

Reader in Popular Music Analysis at the University of South Wales

PREVIOUS ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Head of the Division of Music and Sound (2011-2013)

Head of the Music Academy, University of Glamorgan (2005 – 2011)

Head of Popular Music, Bournemouth College (1994–2003)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Carr, P (2014). ‘The Live Music Industry in Wales: The Sustainability and Working Practices of a Nation’, Civilizations (13): The State of Music Industry, pp. 201-220.

Carr, P, Hand, R.J (2012). ‘Songs, Stars and Soundtracks: British Cinema and Rock Music’ (in Spanish), L’Atalante. Revista De Estudios Cinematográficos, no14, July – December 2012, pp. 20 – 27.

Carr, P (2011). ‘An Autocratic Approach to Music Copyright?: The potential negative impacts of restrictive rights on a composers legacy: The case of the Zappa Family Trust’, Contemporary Theatre Review (21/3), pp. 302–316.

Carr, P (2010). ‘National Identity Versus Commerce: An Analysis of Opportunities and Limitations with the Welsh Music Scene for Composers and Performing Musicians’, Popular Music History (5/3), pp. 265–285.

Carr, P (2010). ‘Researching the Development of a Foundation Degree in Musical Instrument Retail Management: A Case Study Partnership between Glamorgan University and Roland UK’, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (2/1), pp. 34-46.

Carr, P., Hand, R.J. (2008). ‘Twist n frugg in an arrogant gesture: Frank Zappa and the Musical-Theatrical Gesture’, Popular Musicology Online (March 2008): http://www.popular-musicology-online.com/issues/05/carr.html

Carr, P., Hand, R.J. (2007). ‘Frank Zappa and musical Theatre: ugly ugly orphan Annie and really deep intense, thought-provoking Broadway symbolism’, Studies in Musical Theatre, Intellect (1/1), pp. 41–56.

Book Chapters

Carr, P (2015). ‘An Analysis of Vagueness and Virtuality in the Creation and Reception of the Music of Frank Zappa’, in Sheila Whitely and Shara Ramarran (eds), Musical Virtuality, due for publication by Routledge in 2015.

Carr, P, Challis, B (2015). ‘Quand l’impossible devient réel : typologie des boucles, impact de l’immédiat et de l’hypermédia sur la pop music’ (‘The Impossible Made Real: A Typology of Loops and an exploration of the impact of immediacy and hypermediacy in Popular Music’). Book Chapter in in Livo Bettoi, Michel Delville, Chrostophe Levaux, Christophe Pirenne, Bouchle et Repetition: musique, literature, arts visuels. Collection Clinamen, pp. 85-102 (in French).

Carr, P (2015). Final Thoughts on Musical Virtuality’, in Sheila Whitely and Shara Ramarran (eds), Musical Virtuality, due for publication by Routledge in 2015.

Carr, P (2014). ‘The Big Note, Xenochrony and all Things Contextual, in, Nearchos Panos et al. (eds), Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Semiotics: In Memory of Raymond Monelle, The University of Edinburgh, pp. 455-463. ISBN: 978-0-9576548-0-8 (Available at http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/edmusemiotics/proceedings/)

Carr,P (2014). ‘Zappanale: My Kind of Music Festival’, in Dieter Jakob, Robert Riedt, Bukhard Schempp (eds), We Are the Other People: 25 Years of Zappanale, Wehrhahn Verlag, pp. 280-283.

Carr, P, Hand, R.J (2013). ‘Ensemble/Improvisation; Drama/Music: An Experiment in Drama/Music Interdisciplinarity’, in John Britton (ed.), Encountering Ensemble, Methuen (UK) /Bloomsbury (US), pp. 170-171.

Carr, P (2013). ‘The Big Note, Xenochrony and All Things Contextual: Frank Zappa and the And’. Book chapter in Paul Carr (ed.), Frank Zappa and the And: Key Essays on the Contextualisation of his Legacy. Ashgate, 2013. pp. 1–16.

Carr, P (2013). ‘Zappa and Technology: His incorporation of Time, Space and Place when Performing, Composing and Arranging Music’. Book chapter in Paul Carr (ed.), Frank Zappa and the And: Key Essays on the Contextualisation of his Legacy. Ashgate. pp. 133–147.

Carr, P (2010). ‘Make a Sex Noise Here: Frank Zappa, Sex and Popular Music’. Book chapter in Helms, D, Phelps, T (eds), Thema Nr. 1: Sex Und Populäre Musik. Transcript. pp.135-149 (In German).

Carr, P (2009). ‘An Analysis of Post 1970s Electric Guitarists who have Fused the Jazz Aesthetic with Other Music Forms’. Book chapter in Kurkela, V, Vakeva, L (eds), De Canonizing Music History. Cambridge University Press, pp. 83–93.

Edited Books

Carr, P (2013). Frank Zappa and the And: A Contextual Analysis of his legacy, Ashgate.

Industry Reports

Carr, P, Dennis, R, Hand, R (2014). ‘Dancing With Inter-disciplinarity: Strategies and Practices in HE Dance, Drama And Music, The Higher Education Academy. Available at https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/node/10127

Carr, P, Hand, R.J (2012). ‘An Experiment in Interdisciplinary Teaching: The Music Theatre of Frank Zappa’, in David Pearson (ed.), A Celebration of Dance, Drama and Music in UK Higher Education, The Higher Education Academy, Available at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/disciplines/dance-drama-music/The-PALATINE-Collection-Aug2012

Carr, P (2012). ‘The Relationships Between Higher Education and the Live Music Industry’, The Higher Education Academy, Available at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/disciplines/ddm/HEADDM-Carr%282012%29PlayingWales.pdf [Accessed 18 July 2012].

Carr, P (2011). ‘Investigating the Live Music Industry within Wales: A Critical Analysis: A Report For The Welsh Music Foundation’ ,Welsh Music Foundation: Available at http://crocodoc.com/YIqOZCR

Other Publications

Carr, P (2010). ‘Frank Zappa Tribute’. The Rondo Hatton Report (4): Available at: http://www.rhreport.net/archive.html [Accessed 18 July 2012].

Carr, P (2009). ‘An Autocratic Approach to Music Copyright? The means through which Frank Zappa translated and adapted both his own and other composers music’. Encontros de Investigao em Performance. Universidade de Aveiro. ISBN: 978-972-789-209-7 (Conference Proceedings)

Carr, P., Delville, M (2009). ‘King Kong: A Conversational Analysis’. The Rondo Hatton Report (1): http://www.rhreport.net/archive.html [Accessed 18 July 2012].

Carr, P., Hand, R (2006). ‘An Experiment in Interdisciplinary Teaching: The Music Theatre of Frank Zappa’. Palatine: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/palatine/dev-awards/carr-hand-report.pdf [Accessed 18 July 2012].

Transcription Books

Carr, P (2007). ‘50 Reggae Hits For Buskers’, Wise Publications, IBSN 978-1-84609-742-3.

Carr, P (2005). ‘The Big Guitar Chord Songbook: The Fifties’, Wise Publications, ISBN 0-7119-4050-9.

Carr, P (2006). ‘The Big Guitar Chord Songbook: More Seventies Hits’, Wise Publications, ISBN 0-7119-4048-7.

Carr, P (2004). ‘The Big Brit Pop Chord Songbook’, Wise Publications, ISBN 1844490920.

Carr, P (2004). ‘The Best of Fleetwood Mac Chord Songbook’, Wise Publications. ISBN 0711998817

Carr, P (2004).’The Classic Rock Songbook, Wise Publications,1-84449-477-2.

Carr, P (2004). ‘The Essential Acoustic Album’, Wise Publications, ISBN 0711934010.

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL ALBUM CREDITS

James Taylor Quartet (2002). Hamondology, Sanctuary Records, SANDD099.

James Taylor Quartet (1995). The BBC Sessions, Nighttracks, CDNT010.

The Paul Carr Quartet (Featuring ex Miles Davis saxophone player Bob Berg) (1989). A Certain Kind Of Freedom, Polydor, 841 923-2.

The Jazz Renegades (1989). Freedom Samba, Polydor Records, 839 651-1.

James Taylor Quartet (1989) It Doesnt Matter. Urban Urbx 43

James Taylor Quartet (1989). Acid Jazz and Other Illicit Grooves. Urban 837925-2

James Taylor Quartet (1989). Breakout, Urban Urbcd, 38.

James Taylor Quartet (1988). Get Organised, Verve, 839405-2.

Independent Records

Paul Carr (2005). Walking Distance, Independent Release.

Paul Carr (2000). Transformation, Independent Release.

COMPOSITION COMMISSIONS

Carr, P (2007). Selected compositions for world premier of Victor Hugos Lucretia Borgia, Highgate, London, 2007.

Carr, P (2007). ‘Gabriela’, Performed at Piaculum. Improvisation Continuums: theorising practice across disciplines. Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries. April 2007.

Carr, P (2007). ‘Well I Never’, Compositions for interdisciplinary art instillation, Pontypridd, August 2007: http://www.wellinever.org/ [Accessed 18 July 2012].

Carr, P (2006). ‘Ionclean Soundtrack’, composed for Art station advertising company.

Carr, P (2006). ‘The Horse Whisperer’, Dark Horse Media, 2006.

Carr, P (2004). ‘The A to Z of Food’. Dark Horse Media.

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Carr, P. ‘Sting, National Identity, Personae and the Balance of the Local and Global, The Languages of Popular Music: Communicating Regional Musics in a Globalized World, University of Osnabrück, Germany, September, 2014.

Carr, P. ‘Sting and the Gravitational Pull of Newcastle, International Conference on Traditional Music: Music, Place and Community, University of Galway, Ireland, February 2014.

Carr, P. ‘The Big Note, Xenochrony and All Things Contextual: Frank Zappa and the And’, International Conference on Music Semiotics in Memory of Raymond Monelle, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, October 2012.

Carr, P. ‘The Relationships Between Higher Education and the Live Music Industry’, 21st Century Musician Conference, The University of Kingston, Kingston, London, May 2012.

Carr, P. ‘The Relationships Between Higher Education and the Live Music Industry’, Live Music Exchange, Interesting Times For Local Live Music Conference, Leeds College of Music, Leeds, May 2012.

Carr, P. ‘Investigating The Live Music In Wales: A Critical Analysis: Interim findings of a research project financed by the Welsh Assembly Government’, The Business of Live Music Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, April 2011.

Carr, P, Challis, B. ‘The Impossible Made Real: A Typology of Loops and an exploration of the impact of immediacy and hypermediacy in Popular Music’, Boucle et répétition: Musique, littérature, arts visuels, Université de Liège, Liège, March 2011.

Carr, P. ‘Fair Use, Grand Rights and the Zappa Family Trust: A legal and ethical examination of the enforcement of restrictive rights by a copyright holder’. The IASPM-Norden 2010 Conference on Music, Law and Business, Helsinki, November 2010.

Carr, P. ‘A Phenomenological Analysis Of Musical Engagement When Recording, Performing and Rehearsing With The James Taylor Quartet’, Biannual Conference of the International Association Of Popular Music. Cardiff University, Cardiff. September 2010.

Carr, P. ‘Dickies Such An Asshole: Frank Zappa, Popular Music and Politics’, 20th Century Music and Politics Conference, Bristol University, Bristol. April 2010.

Carr, P. ‘An Emic and Etic Analysis Of The Impact Of Creative Listening When Recording And Performing With The James Taylor Quartet’, International Conference on Traditional Music, University of Limerick, Ireland, February 2010.

Carr, P. ‘The Big Note: The Ultimate Gesture: The Incorporation of Time and Space in Performing, Composing, Arranging and Producing Frank Zappas music’, The Fifth Annual Art of Record Production Conference, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, November 2009.

Carr, P. ‘Make a Sex Noise Here: Frank Zappa, Sex and Popular Music’, Sex und populre Musik, Halle an der Saale, Germany. September 2009.

Carr, P. ‘An Autocratic Approach to Music Copyright?: The Means through which Frank Zappa Translated and Adapted both his Own and Other Composers’ Music’, Performa 09 Encontros de Investigao em Performance, University of Evora, Portugal. May 2009.

Carr, P. ‘No one had ever heard a guitar played like that before: The Assimilation of Jazz Aesthetics in the Work of Post 1970s Electric Guitarist Composers’, De-Canonizing Music History: International Symposium For Histories of Popular Music, Jazz, and Folk Music. Helsinki Sibelius Academy, November 2007.

Carr, P.Gabriella’, Piaculum. Improvisation Continuums: theorising practice across disciplines, Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, Cardiff April 2007.

Carr, P.Stuff That Is Not Normal: Frank Zappa, Halloween and Horror. Halloween’, An International Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University. October-November 2006.

Carr, P. ‘Twist n frugg in an arrogant gesture: Frank Zappa and the Musical-Theatrical Gesture’, Second International Conference on Music and Gesture. Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Manchester, July 2006.

Carr, P.Ugly Orphan Annie and Really Deep, Intense, Thought-Provoking Broadway Symbolism’, Song, Stage & Screen Interdisciplinary approaches to the stage and Screen. University of Portsmouth, April 2006.

Carr, P. ‘An analysis of post 1970s electric guitarists who have fused the jazz aesthetic with other music forms’, Inscriptions in the Sand: The Eighth Literature and Humanities Conference, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus, May, 2005.

RECENT GUEST LECTURES/KEY NOTES AND WORKSHOPS

Carr, P. ‘Time, Space and Virtuality in the Music of Frank Zappa, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, November 2013 (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6ObCjj0TXU)

Carr, P. ‘Frank Zappa: A Case Study in Musicological Research’, John Bird Public Lectures, Cardiff University, November, 2011.

Carr, P.The Live Music Scene in Wales’, The Institute of Welsh Affairs, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, July 2011.

Carr, P. ‘The Changing Music Industry’, The Hay Festival, Hay on Wye, Wales, May 2011.

Carr, P. ‘Frank Zappa and the ‘And’: An introduction to his position in the epistemological divide’, The University of Valencia, Spain, April 2011.

Carr, P.National Identity versus Commerce: An Analysis of the Opportunities and Limitations within the Welsh Music Scene for Composers and Performing Musicians’, The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations Lecture Series, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales, January 2011.

Carr, P. ‘The Welsh Music Industry: An Interim Discussion of The Welsh Music Foundation Report’, Various locations throughout Wales, September – December 2010.

Carr, P. ‘A Multidiscipline Approach To Making a Living in the Music Industry’, The Brecon Jazz Festival, Brecon, Wales, August 2010.

Carr, P. ‘Frank Zappa: Researching a Musical Legend’, The 20th Zappanale Music Festival, Bad Doberan, Germany, August 2009.

Carr, P. ‘A Case for Work Based Learning: An FD In Music Retail Management’, Roland Music Academies Annual Conference, Birmingham, June 2009.

Carr, P. ‘Popular Music Performance Assessment’, Palatine Starting Out in Assessing Performance Conference. Swansea University, Swansea, December 2008.

Carr, P. ‘Music Foundation Degrees: New Levels of Construction’, Roland Music Academies Annual Conference, St Pierre, Chepstow, October 2008.

Carr, P. ‘Assessing Popular Music Performance: Assessment Methodologies in Practice’, Welsh Music Education Conference, City Hall, Cardiff, October 2008.

Carr, P. ‘The Implementation Of Digital Presentations And CMS Into The Popular Music Curriculum Two Case Studies’, University Of Glamorgan, Cardiff, June 2008.

Carr, P. ‘The Roland Music Academy an HE Perspective’, Walsall College, May 2008.

Carr, P.Locating Frank Zappa in a Multidisciplinary Context: An Introduction’, Aalborg University, Denmark, March 2008.

Carr, P. ‘Frank Zappa: A Case Study in Musical Research’, Trinity College, Carmarthen, October 2007.

BOOK REVIEWS

Carr, P. Review of Studying Popular Music Culture 2nd Edition by Tim Wall, Popular Music, Volume 8, Issue 2, March 2015, pp. 256 – 260.

Carr, P. Review of The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles by Kenneth Womack by Kenneth Womack, 20th Century Music, Volume 8, Issue 2, July 2012, pp. 256 – 260.

Carr, P. Review of Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom by Susan Hallam and Andrea Creech. Popular Music, Volume 30, Issue 09, September 2011, pp. 477 – 499.

Carr, P. Review of The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin, Popular Music, Volume 28, Issue 02, May 2009, pp. 263 – 265.

Carr, P. Review of The Sound of Stevie Wonder: His Words and Music by James E. Perone, Popular Music, Volume 27, Issue 02, May 2008, pp. 335-336.

Carr, P. Review of Satchmo: The Lewis Armstrong Encyclopaedia, by Michael Meckna. Popular Music, Volume 24, Issue 02, May 2005, pp. 304-305.

GRANT SUCCESSES

Carr, P (2014). ‘Dancing With Inter-disciplinarity: Strategies and Practices in HE Dance, Drama And Music, The Higher Education Academy (£3000).

Carr, P (2013). ‘The Valley Lines Music Map’. Creative Wales Exchange Network (£2472).

Carr, P (2012). ‘Employability: HE and the Welsh Music Industry’, The Higher Education Academy (£3600).

Carr, P (2011). ‘The Development of Foundation Degree in Music Industry Entrepreneurship’, European Social Fund (£549594).

Carr, P (2010). ‘Investigating the Live Music Industry in Wales: A Critical Analysis’, Welsh Assembly Government (£8048).

Carr, P (2009). ‘The Development of a Junior Music Academy Initiative’, Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust (£24317).

Carr, P (2008). ‘Our Place in the Future: An Investigation Into Partnering With Communities First Schools Beacons For Public Engagement’, The Beacons for Public Engagement (£6418).

Carr, P., Hand, R.J. (2006). ‘An Experiment in Interdisciplinary Teaching: The Musical Theatre of Frank Zappa’, Palitine (£960).

UNIVERSITY EXTERNAL EXAMINING EXPERIENCE

Leeds College of Music (2014 – Present)

The Sage Gatehead (2014 – Present)

Edinburgh Napier University (2012 – 2015)

Liverpool Hope University (2008 – 2012)

Bath Spa University (2007 – 2011)

University of Leeds (2006-2010)

Sunderland University (2004-2008)

University of Highlands and Islands (2004-2008)

External University Consultations

Falmouth University: Final approval: BA(Hons) Creative Music Performance (online) / BA(Hons) Creative Songwriting (online) / BA(Hons) Innovation in Artist Management (online) (January 2014)

Southampton Solent University: MA in Songwriting and MA in Music Festivals expert consultation (March 2012).

De Montfort University: FD degree expert consultation (July 2009)