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Why Was Popular Music so Slow to Emerge as an Academic Disciplin

Here are a few thoughts about why popular music was so slow to emerge as an academic discipline. It is a two minute lecture – see if you agree

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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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Three Conference Papers in Four Weeks: The Details

Well, it is while since my last post. Over the last 4 weeks I have delivered three papers in three different countries. So – I thought I would give an overview of them here. The first was a paper entitled … Continue reading

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More Help Needed For Examples of Loops in Music

Ok – here is some more thoughts on the formulation of loops in music. As before, I would very much appreciate any additional examples you can offer me. See my earlier posts for more thoughts. All of the music is … Continue reading

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More live music under threat

Brighton venue The Freebutt has announced that it will no longer be able to put on live music after it was ordered to reduce the cut-off level on its volume limiter by the local council. As previously reported, The Freebutt … Continue reading

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Bobby Owsinski’s Blog: Frank Zappa And The Black Page

Here is a great story of how Mr Zappa had a tendancy to reduce musicians with the wrong attitude to the humble place they should have been in the first place. Excellent. Bobby Owsinski’s Blog: Frank Zappa And The Black … Continue reading

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Zappa’s Stylistic Non Conformity

Here is a great example of TMOI in 1968 challenging listeners regarding the stylistic orientation of their music. Contains some amazing Zappa conducting, rock grooves, jazz visuals, and vocal madness. Zappa’s conducting alludes to ‘high art’, yet his image is … Continue reading

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