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From Attali's "cold social silence" to Baudrillard's hallucinatory reality, reproduced music has long been the target of critical attack. In Bytes and Backbeats, however, Steve Savage deploys an innovative combination of designed recording projects, ethnographic studies of contemporary music practice, and critical analysis to challenge many of these traditional attitudes about the creation and reception of music. Savage adopts the notion of "repurposing" as central to understanding how every aspect of musical activity, from creation to reception, has been transformed, arguing that the tension within production between a naturalizing "art" and a self-conscious "artifice" reflects and feeds into our evolving notions of creativity, authenticity, and community.

At the core of the book are three original audio projects, drawing from rock & roll, jazz, and traditional African music, through which Savage is able to target areas of contemporary practice that are particularly significant in the cultural evolution of the musical experience. Each audio project includes a studio study providing context for the social and cultural analysis that follows. This work stems from Savage's experience as a professional recording engineer and record producer.  
 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. List of Audio Clips
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Reproduction and New Paradigms
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part One: Repurposing Presentation
  2. p. 21
  1. Introduction to Part I
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. One: Application Study: Rock Band
  2. pp. 25-47
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  1. Two: Studio Study: Lipsmacks, Mouth Noises, and Heavy Breathing
  2. pp. 48-60
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  1. Three: Art or Artifice?
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. Part Two: Repurposing Performance
  2. p. 79
  1. Introduction to Part II
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Four: Application Study: Jazz Piano Trio
  2. pp. 81-98
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  1. Five: Studio Study: Capturing the Unintentional Performance
  2. pp. 99-106
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  1. Six: Artist or Artisan?
  2. pp. 107-126
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  1. Part Three: Repurposing Participation
  2. p. 127
  1. Introduction to Part III
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Seven: Application Study: African Folklore and Music Communities
  2. pp. 129-149
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  1. Eight: Studio Study: From iPod to GarageBand
  2. pp. 150-173
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  1. Nine: Integration or (Dis)integration?
  2. pp. 174-192
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  1. Conclusions: Reflections on the Future
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-218
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901180
Related ISBN(s)
9780472027736, 9780472035533, 9780472117857
MARC Record
OCLC
759398134
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
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