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The Relationship between The Elements of Music and Musical Form

  My most recent musicology lecture focused on the relationship between musical form and the elements of music. I am looking for examples of the following – feel free to suggest – Examples of pieces with unusual bar numbers between … Continue reading

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Exploitation or Publicity? The (re)use of music that is otherwise out of the public domain

A quick post here to ask a question really. When digging around on the internet tonight, I found a couple of tracks that I played on/composed that were being given away free. The first is off a Jazz Renegades album … Continue reading

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Foundation Degree in Music Industry Entrepeneurship: Session 1

It was the first session of the Foundation Degree in Music Industry Entrepreneurship today. We covered Study Skills: namely an 800 word essay on a topical area of the music industry, a 10 minute presentation on the music industry (using … Continue reading

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A Synopsis of What I Have Been Up To

Well, I thought I would never get around to writing another blog. A mixture of a broken laptop and ‘life in general’ has resulted in me not writing a post for a couple of months. I intend to change that … Continue reading

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Pat Metheny: Why is his music so interesting?

  I have just spent an hour or so listening to a ‘best of Pat Metheny‘ collection on Spotify. Having been listening to this man’s music for around 30 years now, it is crazy to think some of the tracks … Continue reading

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Musicology, Zappa and Barthes: More Ideas of how to Listen and Examine Zappa’s Texts

Here is a sort of part 2 of my Barthes post a couple of weeks ago. That post mainly discussed Frank Zappa’s album covers, and the various messages that are potentially within the image. In this discussion I would like … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa Analysis with Dave Frank

Here is a UStream cast by pianist and educator Dave Frank on Frank Zappa’s music. The session starts with some solo piano playing of none Zappa material (really nice), followed by some interesting analysis on Zappa’s tonal, modal, and atonal … Continue reading

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Zappa and the And: Book progress

Well, here we go – the first preview of the chapter abstracts for the new Frank Zappa book I am editing – Frank Zappa and the And: Key Essays on the Contextualisation of his Legacy. So far, everything is going … Continue reading

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New Frank Zappa Book

I eventually got the contract for my Zappa edited collection this week ‘Zappa and the And: A Contextual Analysis of his Legacy’.  If everything goes to plan, it will be released toward the end of 2012, and I will use … Continue reading

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Frippertronics and Loops

It seems to me that King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp has to be considered one of the pioneers of using loops as a creative compositional tool. Aside from his work with King Crimson, I am interesting in his use of … Continue reading

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